Vincent Valdez (b. 1977, San Antonio, TX) lives and works in Houston, TX. 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. He states, “my aim is to incite public remembrance and to impede distorted realities that I witness, like the social amnesia that surrounds me.”
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), the Kunstlerhaus Bethania Berlin Residency (2014), and Joan Mitchell Center (2018). Valdez is the 2019 Artadia awardee in Houston, TX, and is currently an artist fellow at NXTHVN in New Haven, founded by Titus Kaphar and Jonathan Brand.
The artist’s work is included in eighteen museum collections across the United States. Exhibitions and collections include Ford Foundation, New York, NY; Home — So Different, So Appealing, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (2017); The City, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX (2018); Between Play and Grief: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2019); The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now, Smithsonian Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC (2017); among others.
Valdez is represented by David Shelton Gallery and Mathew Brown Los Angeles.
Alana Hernandez is Executive Director & Curator of CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Américas). As Executive Director, Hernandez fosters Latinx artistic talent in the Metro-Phoenix region and beyond while strengthening cultural ties to the Americas. Prior to her time at CALA, Hernandez was Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She has held curatorial positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Páramo, Guadalajara, Mexico; Hunter East Harlem, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Phoenix Art Museum; and BRIC Arts | Media, Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in MCASD.Digital (2021), HereIn Journal (2020), the exhibition catalogues John Rivas: Los Voces Inside of Me (2020), Atlpan: Claudia Peña Salinas (2019), and Traveler Artists: Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection (2015). She is the organizer and contributor to the forthcoming Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Handbook of the Collection (2021) and the three-print volume, Grove Encyclopedia of Latin American Art and Architecture. Hernandez received her M.A. from CUNY Hunter College, specializing in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art.