Born in San Sebastian, Spain in 1939 Villalba received training at the San Fernando School of Fine Arts in Madrid, in the workshop of renowned French artist André Lothe in Paris, and at the Department of Plastic Arts at Harvard University. In 1966 he began creating his figures in methacrylate and plastic capsules in an expressionist style. Later in 1972, he abandoned painting and turned to black and white photography experimenting with processes of decomposition and exploring themes such as dementia, cruelty, and violence. The artist's work has gained wide recognition in various events such as: the International Jury Prize at the XIII Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana in 1979 and the National Painting Prize of Spain in 1983. Darío Villalba's work is present in many museums around the world such as the National Museum Reina Sofia Art Center, the Museum Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York or the Museum of Abstract Art in Cuenca, among others.