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Synopsis: Vincent Valdez is an American artist born in San Antonio, Texas who focuses on painting, drawing, and printmaking. His artwork often emphasizes themes of social justice, memory, and ignored or under-examined historical narratives. 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. 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 completed his B.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000.

Director's Statement

This short video profile was part of a new series on contemporary artists that was part of a groundbreaking new series co-produced by American Masters and Firelight media. It was an honor to be included in the inaugural series and to present the work of Vincent Valdez to a larger audience. My hope is this film helps inform audiences about the nature of Valdez’ recent body of work, and makes the Artwork more accessible by providing insight into how and why these pieces were made.

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