Vincent Valdez is the real deal, one of those people who is doing just what he was meant to and it pours out of him with every hand stroke. He creates art that stays with you for its beauty and thought-provoking confrontation of social issues.
He has two websites, an older one that archives his art:
Vincent Valdez Official Site
and a current one:
Vincent Valdez Studio
About Vincent Valdez:
Valdez grew up in San Antonio and demonstrated talent for drawing at an early age. As a young muralist, he began exploring imagery that pertained to social/political statements. Vincent received a full scholarship to The Rhode Island School of Design where he earned his BFA in 2000. In 2004 at age 26, Stations, Valdezâ€™s suite of monumental charcoal drawings, was shown at the McNay Museum in Texas. He was the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay. Exhibition venues include: The Los Angeles County Musuem of Art, The Snite Musuem of Art, The Frye Museum, The Mexican Museum of National Art ,Chicago, The Parsons Museum in Paris, The El Paso Museum of Art, OSDE Buenos Aires, The Laguna Art Museum and others.
A recipient of the Skowhegan School of Painting â€™05 and The Vermont Studio Center â€™11, Valdez lives and works in Firestation #15, his restored 1928 Firestation in San Antonio, TX.
American, b. 1977
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. â€śMy aim is to incite public remembrance and to impede distorted realities that I witness, like the social amnesia that surrounds me,â€ť 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, TX. 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.
Do yourself a favour and check out his other works of art.
EDIT TO ADD: This Manu print, signed by Manu and Vincent Valdez, is now available for purchase with proceeds going to SBGB: