Vincent Valdez

Vincent Valdez (San Antonio, 1977) demonstrated an exceptional aptitude for drawing and painting at a very early age, exploring imagery that engaged both the aesthetic and socio-political legacy of the Chicano Art Movement. Largely due to the strength of his early murals, the artist received a full scholarship to Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned his BFA in 2000. After returning to San Antonio, his suite of monumentally-scaled charcoal drawings, Stations, debuted at the McNay Museum in 2004, making him the youngest artist to present a solo exhibition at that institution. Referencing the grit and realism of the Ashcan school, this series launched the artist’s career.

Since that landmark exhibition, Valdez’ style has continued to evolve, now displaying a penetrating level of Hyperrealism in his approach to figuration. His work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions at art fairs and in galleries nationwide, and at major institutions including Espacio de Arte Fundacion OSDE, (Buenos Aires); The Mexican Museum of National Art, (Chicago); The El Paso Museum of Art; The San Diego Museum of Art (La Jolla); The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Laguna Art Museum, (Orange County); Parsons School of Design, (Paris); the Frye Museum, (Seattle); and the Smithsonian Museum, (Washington, DC); among others. Valdez lives and works in a restored fire station in San Antonio.

Vincent Valdez; Two-Ten, 2012; pastel on paper; 42 x 75 in.
Vincent Valdez; After You're Gone, 2010; pastel on stretched paper; 41 x 94 in.
Vincent Valdez; Burnbabyburn, 2009; oil on canvas; 94 x 144 in.
Vincent Valdez; V-Day, 2012; ink on paper; 29 x 22 in.
Vincent Valdez; After you Larry, 2012; graphite on paper; 30 x 22 in.
Vincent Valdez; Duerme, 2011; ink on paper; 42 x 94 in.
The Strangest Fruit, installation view, Artpace San Antonio
The Strangest Fruit, installation view, Artpace San Antonio
Vincent Valdez; The Strangest Fruit (1), 2014; graphite on paper; 40 x 26 in.
Vincent Valdez; The Strangest Fruit (2), 2014; graphite on paper; 40 x 26 in.
Vincent Valdez; The Strangest Fruit (3), 2014; graphite on paper; 40 x 26 in.
Vincent Valdez; The Strangest Fruit (4), 2014; graphite on paper; 40 x 26 in.
Vincent Valdez; The Strangest Fruit (5), 2014; graphite on paper; 40 x 26 in.
Vincent Valdez; Americas Finest 1, 2011; graphite on paper; 40 x 26 in.
Vincent Valdez; Americas Finest 2, 2011; graphite on paper; 40 x 26 in.
Vincent Valdez; Americas Finest 3, 2011; graphite on paper; 40 x 26 in.
Vincent Valdez; Americas Finest 4, 2011; graphite on paper; 40 x 26 in.
Vincent Valdez; America's Finest 5, 2011; graphite on paper; 40 x 26 in.
Vincent Valdez; Americas Finest 6 (detail), 2011; graphite on paper; 40 x 26 in.