Vincent Valdez is recognized for his monumental portrayal of the contemporary figure. His drawn and painted subjects remark on a universal struggle within various socio-political arenas and eras. “My aim is to incite public remembrance and to counter the distorted realities that I witness, like the social amnesia that fogs our collective American memory,” says Valdez, who lives and works in Houston and Los Angeles.
Valdez (b. 1977, San Antonio, Texas) received a full scholarship to study at the Rhode Island School of Design and earned his BFA in 2000. He is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors in 2016, as well as residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting in 2005, the Vermont Studio Center in 2011, and the Künstlerhaus Bethania International Studio Residency, Berlin, in 2014.
Exhibitions and collections include: The Ford Foundation, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MASSMoCA, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Hammer Museum at UCLA, The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and The National Portrait Gallery, among others. He is represented by Matthew Brown Los Angeles.