Rodrigo Valenzuela

Rodrigo Valenzuela constructs narratives, scenes, and stories that point out the tensions found between the individual and social communities, pulling from personal experiences and autobiographical themes. Through his works, Valenzuela explores the way an image is inhabited and the way spaces, objects and people are translated into images. With gestures of detachment and displacement being both the aesthetic and subject of much of his work, Valenzuela aims to place an expressive yet intimate contact between the realms of subjective and political occurrence. Through his videos and photographs, Valenzuela makes images that feel familiar but at the same time distant. 

Rodrigo Valenzuela earned his MFA in Photo Media from the University of Washington in 2012 and his BFA from the University of Chile in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include the LisaBird Contemporary, Vienna, AT; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago, CL; Upfor Gallery, Portland, OR; envoy enterprises, NY; and Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA. Valenzuela was a Core Fellow at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from 2014-2016 and will begin a residency at the Sculpture Space in New York in 2017. He was a recipient of Artist Trust’s Arts Innovator Award (2014), the Texas Contemporary Award (2104) and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts grant (2013). Valenzuela's work is in the collections of the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY; and in private collections including the de Bont collection and Dimensional Fund Advisors.

Rodrigo Valenzuela; Sense of Place No. 1, 2015; ink print, acrylic paint and chalk; 54 x 54 in.
Rodrigo Valenzuela; Sense of Place No. 9, 2015; toner, acrylic and chalk on canvas; 36 x 48 in.
Rodrigo Valenzuela; Sense of Place No. 10, 2015; toner, acrylic and chalk on canvas; 36 x 48 in.
Rodrigo Valenzuela; Still Life No. 6, 2014; archival pigment print on Dibond; 43 1/2 x 43 1/2 in.
Rodrigo Valenzuela; Prole No. 2, 2015; archival pigment print on Dibond; 22 x 22 in.
Rodrigo Valenzuela: Animita No. 2, 2016; archival pigment print on Dibond, artist frame; 44 x 30 in.
Rodrigo Valenzuela: Animita No. 6, 2016; archival pigment print on Dibond, artist frame; 44 x 30 in.
Rodrigo Valenzuela: Animita No. 5, 2016; archival pigment print on Dibond, artist frame; 44 x 30 in.
Rodrigo Valenzuela; Hedonic Reversal I, 2015; archival pigment print on Dibond; 54 x 44 in.
Rodrigo Valenzuela; Hedonic Reversal II, 2015; archival pigment print on Dibond; 54 x 44 in.
Rodrigo Valenzuela; Hedonic Reversal V, 2015; archival pigment print on Dibond; 54 x 44 in.
Rodrigo Valenzuela; Hedonic Reversal XVI, 2015; archival pigment print on Dibond; 54 x 44 in.
Rodrigo Valenzuela; Trophy Room No. 1, 2015; archival pigment print on Dibond; 34 x 42 in.
Rodrigo Valenzuela; Trophy Room No. 2, 2015; archival pigment print on Dibond; 34 x 42 in.
Rodrigo Valenzuela; The Projects No. 2, 2015; archival pigment print on Dibond; 34 x 42 in.