Carlos Villa is a painter and organizer. His recent activities in multicultural issues include: Rehistoricizing Abstract Expressionism in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1950s-1960s (exhibition, symposium, and website http://rehistoricizing.org/), 2010; Worlds in Collision (symposia and book), 1998-2002; and Other Sources (exposition, exhibition, and catalogue), 1976. He exhibits locally, nationally, and internationally, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the American Academy in Rome. Retrospectives are forthcoming at the Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco and the Honolulu Academy of Art.
- Asian/ American/ Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900-1970, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, 2009
- Tercera Habana Bienal, BellasArtes, Habana, Cuba, 1989
- Poindexter Gallery, New York, NY (first solo show), 1967
- Rat Bastards (curated by Bruce Connor), Spatsa Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1958
- Asian/ American/ Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900-1970. Eds. Daniel Cornell and Mark Dean Johnson. University of California Press, 2009.
- Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970. Eds. Mark Dean Johnson and Gordon Chang. Stanford University Press, 2008.
- Worlds in Collision, International Scholars Publications, 1992.
- Other Sources, San Francisco Art Institute, 1976.