Anna Valdez

“As a visual artist with an academic background in anthropology, and video, I view artists as cultural producers. In my work, I attempt to combine these practices into a specific investigation that cultivates not only personal identity, but also cultural meaning. Currently, I am working on various narratives that explore my own traditions and history through a visual format. This process has led me to rely on photographs, stories, family recipes, horticulture, and the tradition of crafting as something concrete in order to construct my autobiography. I consider this examination to be a rite of passage into a globalized society while simultaneously finding my niche within.

Recently, many of my pieces have been still lifes. These arrangements have been composed from various household items such as my clothes, quilts, scarves, blankets, houseplants, drawings, paintings, books, records, and vessels. These items exist as a part of my domestic environment, and I have put them in my paintings to understand the domestic sphere as emblematic of both personal and collective experience.”

Solo Exhibitions

2015
Recollections, EN EM Art Space, Sacramento, CA
LCA Award Exhibition, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
All That Surrounds Us, BLOCK-Gallery, Oakland, CA

2014
Re/Site, BLOCK-GALLERY, Oakland, CA

2013
Recent Paintings, Boston University Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
Meat & Potatoes, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

2015
TOMORROW, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
Botanica: All Things Plant Life, Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
Pro Arts, East Bay Open Studios, Norton Factory Studios, Oakland, CA
Love Art Fair, Parts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
BLOOM, Norton Factory Studios Gallery, Oakland, CA

2014
Sugar Rush, EN EM Art Space, Sacramento, CA
Winter Open Studios, Norton Factory Studios, Oakland, CA
PLUS MINUS, Norton Factory Studios Gallery, Oakland, CA
Treasure Trove, Trestle Project Space, Brooklyn, NY
Affordable Art Fair, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, New York, NY
People, Places, Things, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, New York, NY
Endless Summer, Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA
Art Exhibit III : “Textile and Fabric”, Ntropic, San Francisco, CA
Pro Arts, East Bay Open Studios, Norton Factory Studios, Oakland, CA
Left Coast Annual, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
51st Annual, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
New Artists, Gallery Bergelli, Larkspur, CA

2013
Off the Wall, Danfourth Museum, Framingham, MA
MFA Thesis Show, Commonwealth Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA
Second Year MFA Exhibition, Boston University Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA

2012
Sloan House Art Exhibition, Sloane Housse, Boston, MA
Fresh Impressions: Prints from the Boston University MFA Program, Sherman Gallery, Boston, MA
Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston University, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA
First Year MFA show, Boston University Commonwealth Gallery, Boston, MA

Publications

2016
The Jealous Curator, “Anna Valdez”, January
Heather Day Art, “LIKE MINDS: FLORA & FAUNA by Hannah Mode”, January
whatsthenameofourcollective, Review of “Tomorrow” @ Hashimoto Contemporary by Will Wiebe, January

2015
Maake Magazine, Issue 1, May
Anthology Magazine online, “Anna Valdez”, April
Juxtapoz – Art & Culture Magazine, “Everyday Objects with Anna Valdez”, March
H&M CULTURE/LIFE, “On The Rise, Anna Valdez”, January

2014
New American Paintings Issue No. 115 [ Pacific Coast Dec./Jan. ] – Boston, MA
Guernica / A Magazine of Art and Politics – Household Gods By John Benditt
The 2014 Annual It’s Nice That, Publication, London
FRESH PAINT MAGAZINE – Blog feature
idoart.dk – Interview | Anna Valdez
Mutantspace- “Anna Valdez’s Paintings Of Still Life Portraits” by Moray Mair
ARTE FUSE – “Triple Trifecta of People, Places and Things” by Oscar Laluyan
Metal Magazine – Daily Metal Blog – “Anna Valdez | California Self- Portraits”
Need & Supply Co. – Blog – “Studio Visit: Anna Valdez” by Samantha Wittwer
Painters Who Are Women by Leah Triplett – Artsy.net, Catalog Essay
It’s Nice That – “Anna Valdez recreates her domestic space in sumptuous oil paintings” by Maisie Skidmore
Hyperallergic LABS- Talk Back Tuesday – [http://hyperallergic.tumblr.com/]
“From Édouard Manet to Dexter Dalwood, Ten Artists Who Explore the Picnic”, Artsy.net Editorial
Daily Serving- Fan Mail: Anna Valdez – A. Will Brown – dailyserving.com
Fresh Paint Magazine [www.freshpaintmagazine.com] – Issue No. 3
SFMOMA – Submission Friday – [http://sfmoma.tumblr.com]
365 Artists | 365 Days [ 365artists365days.com] A Frank Juarez Gallery and Greymatter Gallery Collaborative project
VIA Publication [www.viapublication.com] – Issue No. 2 Winter. Los Angeles, CA
“Depression (Era) Food” by Julie Niemi [print]

2013
DIALOGIST, Quarterly Poetry & Art [ www.dialogist.org ] Vol 1. Issue No.3
Big Red & Shiny – Boston, MA
“Thesis Show Round-Up Part #1: Boston University MFA Exhibition” By Brian Christopher Glaser. [web]
New American Paintings Issue No. 105 [ MFA Annual April/May ] – Boston, MA

2011
LAADS Magazine [www.laadsmagazine.com] [print] Issue No. 1 – Davis, CA

Awards

Juried Exhibition Award: Left Coast Annual – Sanchez Art Center
• [ We Like This Poetry and Music, 2014. Oil on linen ] – Pacifica, CA
• Juror: Jenny Gheith, assistant curator for painting and sculpture at the (SFMOMA).

Juried Prize Winner: 3rd Prize [ Doris, 2012. Oil on panel ] – Framingham, MA | 2013
• “Off the Wall” – Juried Exhibition at Danfourth Museum.
• Juror: Dina Deitsch is Curator of Contemporary Art at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA.

Education

Boston University | September 2011 – May 2013
• MFA – Painting
University of California, Davis | September 2006 – June 2009
• BA – Anthropology and Art Studio
• Emphasis in Sociocultural Anthropology & Multi-Media Art Studio – Painting, Video, Printmaking, and Sculpture

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