(December 1, 1851 - Rio de Janeiro, 1931).
He was born in Rio de Janeiro. Villares was a painter, sculptor and designer in Brazil.
He studied at the Colegio Pedro II and in 1868 joined the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts (AIBA), at seventeen. Villares traveled to France and Italy, staying in Europe for almost ten years. In 1872, he enrolled in the atelier of Alexandre Cabanel, being awarded two years later, at the Paris Salon for his work Paolo and Francesca da Rimini.
It was in Paris that Villares joined the Republican ideals and converted to positivism. Fervently Catholic, he painted Decius Fall of Christianity and the Virgin of Humanity, to the Temple of the Religion of Humanity in the French capital.
He returned to Brazil in 1881, participating in exhibitions in the years immediately following, in places like Halls School of Arts and Crafts. Critics Gonzaga Duque, Oscar and Felix Guanabarino Ferreira came to write about the work of Villares.
Villares made busts of major figures such as Christopher Columbus, Tiradentes, Jose Bonifacio, Deodoro da Fonseca and Benjamin Constant.