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
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.
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
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