Oil Painter: Anna Valdez

Anna Valdez Oakland CA
Sinopia is proud to introduce our February 2016 Feature Artist: Anna Valdez. 

Anna Valdez received her MFA in painting from Boston University in 2013. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States. Valdez’s work has been featured in New American Paintings (Issue No. 105 & 115), Fresh Paint Magazine (Issue No.3) and she has been featured on numerous art blogs. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Bedford Gallery, Masur Museum of Art, the Danforth Museum, Boston University Art Galleries, Hashimoto Contemporary Gallery, The Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Parts Gallery and En Em Art Space.

Anna Valdez Sinopia Feature Artist
Anna says of her work:

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.

Anna Valdez Sinopia Feature Artist
Cooking with Bacon, oil on canvas, 66"x 104", 2014

Anna Valdez Sinopia Feature Artist
Vessels in Blue, oil on canvas, 30"x 30", 2015
Anna Valdez Sinopia Feature Artist
Plants and Patterns, oil on canvas, 36"x 72", 2015
Laptop with Landscape, oil on canvas, 32"x 30", 2014

Anna Valdez's Website: http://www.annavaldez.com/