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Villa Royale is home to an original, commissioned collection of more than 50 large-format oil paintings by Juan Antonio Casas, Lou Kregal and Sara Radovanovich, which were painted on site in the year prior to the hotel’s opening. These artists lived and painted at the property for weeks at a time, separately and together, channeling the history and vibe of Palm Springs in their eclectic, respective bodies of work, featuring desert landscapes, classic cars and icons of popular culture, film and music.

Spanish artist and poet Juan Antonio Casas, primarily based in Portland, Ore., created works that include portraits of Dennis Hopper from “Apocalypse Now,” Debbie Harry from Blondie and Charles Bronson from “How the West Was Won.” Lou Kregal, an Athens, GA-based artist, created fascinating geometric surfboard- and diamond-patterned works for Villa Royale’s guest rooms. Los Angeles-based Sara Radovanovitch created glamorous portraits of Lana Turner and Clark Gable using 1940s reference photos.

Graffiti On A Wall

Along many lush pathways on Villa Royale's grounds, guests will also find vibrant murals adorning the walls. Sagent Staygold, a Los Angeles-based tattoo artist and muralist, created “Welcome to Your Paradise,” a bold design created in spray paint that warmly greets visitors as they enter Villa Royale. Throughout the property, Radovanovich painted a series of colorful geometric murals inspired by "razzle dazzle" — the complex patterns of lines and shapes that interrupt and intersect each other used by the Navy during World War I as camouflage, in order to make it difficult to estimate a battleship’s range, speed, and heading. In addition to inspiring Radovanovich, razzle dazzle attracted the notice of artists like Pablo Picasso, who claimed that Cubists like himself had invented it. Radovanovich also created “El Viaje” — Spanish for "the journey" — inspired by the siren's call of jet-age travel, the mural graces the sitting area of the poolside lanai.