Vincent Valdez

Region: West

These subjects are framed by my personal experiences and examination of contemporary life in twenty-first-century America. Distorted social realities such as economic and racial inequality, conflict, hypernationalism, sanctioned violence, and other systemic patterns that historically serve as prelude for democratic decay compel me to reflect on my social environment. I am alarmed by the denial of history. I will continue to create visual counterimages to impede the social amnesia that surrounds me. Painting can’t change the world. But, it can provide critical moments of silence and clarity during times of immense distortion and chaos. I stand firm in my belief that the artist must play a role in a rapidly changing society. It has been my life’s effort to create a visual language entirely my own, driven by a pursuit for skill, reflection, and conviction. Here are my visual memorials to the experience of being human.