Vincent Valdez

Vincent Valdez is most 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 impede distorted realities that I witness, like the social amnesia that surrounds me,” states Valdez.

Exhibitions and collections include Ford Foundation, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Smithsonian Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; among others.

Valdez was born in 1977 in San Antonio. He received a full scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design, earning his BFA in 2000. A recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors (2016), as well as residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting (2005), the Vermont Studio Center (2011) and the Kunstlerhaus Bethania Berlin Residency (2014) and Joan Mitchell Center (2018), Valdez currently lives and works in Houston.

Vincent Valdez; The City I, 2015-2016; oil on canvas; 74 x 360 in.
Vincent Valdez; The City II, 2016; oil on canvas; 74 x 90 in.
Vincent Valdez; Untitled, 2015; oil on paper; 42 x 83 in.
Vincent Valdez; Requiem I, 2014; oil on canvas; 136 x 85 in.
Vincent Valdez; Black Flag, 2012; lithographic crayon on canvas; 11 1/2 x 22 in.
Vincent Valdez; Two-Ten, 2012; pastel on paper; 42 x 75 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; Duerme, 2011; ink on paper; 42 x 94 in.
Vincent Valdez; The Strangest Fruit 1, 2013; oil on canvas; 92 x 55 in.
Vincent Valdez; The Strangest Fruit 4, 2013; oil on canvas; 92 x 55 in.
Vincent Valdez; The Strangest Fruit 5, 2013; oil on canvas; 92 x 55 in.
Vincent Valdez; The Strangest Fruit 6, 2016; graphite on paper; 40 x 26
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.