BIO

Rodrigo Valenzuela

(b. 1982, Santiago, Chile)
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Rodrigo Valenzuela (b. 1982, Santiago, Chile) completed an art history degree at the University of Chile in 2004, then worked in construction while making art over his first decade in the United States, completing an MFA at the University of Washington in 2012. Valenzuela’s many residencies include a Core Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Skowhegan School, Maine; Bemis Center, Nebraska; MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire; the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; Light Work, Syracuse among others. His work is in the collections of the C.C. Foundation, Shanghai, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz and Dimensional Fund Advisors, the Creative Artist Agency, and others. His work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, PNCA, Portland, OR; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; and solo exhibitions at Orange County Museum of Art, Orange, CA; Santa Cruz Museum of Art, Santa Cruz, CA; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, and Frye Art museum, Seattle, WA, and Museo de Arte Contemporàneo, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.  Recent solo gallery exhibitions include Klowden Mann, Los Angeles, Upfor Gallery, Portland, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Düsseldorf, Lawrence Miller Gallery, New York and Arróniz Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico.  He has received reviews in Artforum, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Seattle Times, among others.  He is assistant professor of photography at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Education

2012 MFA, PhotoMedia, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
2010 BA, Philosophy, Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
2004 BFA, Art History/Photography, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Residencies

2017 Light Work, Syracuse, New York
2016 MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire
2015 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California
2014 Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas (through-2016)
Visiting Artist-in-Residence, Clark College, Vancouver, Washington
Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson Vermont,
The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York
2013 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, Maine

Solo Exhibitions

2019  The Return of the Real, with Robert Lazzarini, USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida (forthcoming)
Screens Series: Rodrigo Valenzuela
, New Museum, New York, New York
American Type
, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York City, New York
MESA
, Arróniz Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
The Armory Show, Upfor, New York, New York
American Type
, Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery, Light Work, Syracuse, New York
2018 Rodrigo Valenzuela: American Type, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, Austria
Art Düsseldorf, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Art021, Klowden Mann, Shanghai, China
Lay of the Land: Rodrigo Valenzuela
, Santa Cruz Museum of Art, Santa Cruz, California
Rodrigo Valenzuela: American-Type, Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, California
Arena
, Cloaca Projects, San Francisco, California
Work in Its Place
, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon
The Unwaged
, Art League Houston, Houston, Texas
Intervention
, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, New York
General Song, Klowden Mann, Culver City, California
Material Art Fair, Upfor, Mexico City, Mexico
2017 General Song, Feature Hudson Foundation, New York, New York
Labor Standards, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
New Land, McColl Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
EXPO Chicago, Klowden Mann, Chicago, Illinois
General Song, Upfor Gallery, Portland, Oregon
PHOTOFAIRS
, Klowden Mann and Upfor Gallery, San Francisco, California
2016 Landmark, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, Austria
Frontiers, Fogelman Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Memphis, Tennessee
Prole, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas
Sin Héroes, Klowden Mann, Culver City, California
Sin Héroes, David Shelton Gallery, Houston, Texas
Hedonic Reversal, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
Hedonic Reversal, envoy enterprises, New York, New York
2015 The Factory, Seattle, Washington
Residuous, Museo de Arte Contemporàneo, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Prole, CUAC, Salt Lake City, Utah
Hedonic Reversal, Upfor, Portland, Oregon
Future Ruins, Frye Art museum, Seattle, Washington
Conceal Market, ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
UNTITLED Art Fair, presented by Upfor, Miami, Florida
Texas Contemporary Art Fair, presented by Upfor, Houston, Texas
2014 Help Wanted, Archer Gallery, Vancouver, Washington
Goal Keeper, Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2013 (in) habit, Blindfold Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Strangers in a Strange Land: The Coyote Project with Anastasia Hill, University of California Los Angeles, California
Self, in collaboration with Anthony Sonnenberg, 4Culture Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2012 Up against, Joe Bar, Seattle, Washington
2011 Fixing the Architecture, Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle, Washington
MittWit, Vignettes, Seattle, Washington
2005 Play #2, Juan Egenau Gallery, Santiago, Chile

Group Exhibitions

2019 Video in Site: Soap Opera, QUEENS LA, Los Angeles, California (forthcoming)
Vision Board: A Group Exhibition, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, California
The Warmth of Other Suns
, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
HOME: narratives of time and belonging, Klowden Mann, New York, New York
Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly
, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas
2018 Walls Turned Sideways: Artists confront the Justice System, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas
Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska
Becoming American, American and English Camps, San Juan Islands, WA
Now We Are Five, Upfor, Portland, Oregon
Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, Blue Star Contemporary and Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, Texas
On Whiteness, The Kitchen, New York, New York
This is Not Here, RE21, Brooklyn, New York
Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida
I followed you to the sun, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, Austria
SP-Arte, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Disobedience, Jenkins Johnson, Brooklyn, New York
New Feelings: Photography from a Diasporic Perspective, Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, PNCA, Portland, Oregon
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Klowden Mann, Santa Monica, California
Fear of Change: True Scenes and Flat Screens, Site131, Dallas, Texas
2017 The Time. The Place. Contemporary Art from the Collection, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly
, Bemis Center, Omaha, Nebraska
PLAY
, PULSE Miami Beach, Miami, Florida
PLAY
, Project For Empty Space, Newark, New Jersey
Where Do We Stand?
, The Drawing Center, New York, New York
Labor Day
, curated by Asha Bukojemsky, Chicken Coop Contemporary, Portland, Oregon
COMM | ALT  | SHIFT, Aljira Center, Newark, New Jersey
Listen: A Sound Show, The Alice Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Untold Passage, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Art Work: An Exploration of Labor, Love Apple Art Space, Ghent, New York
Cuidado!, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington
The Dangerous Professors, Triumph, Chicago, Illinois
Marginalia, The Drawing Center, New York, New York
Did you ever see such a thing as a drawing of a muchness, Artpace, San Antonio, Texas
2016 New Cities/Future Ruins, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
To: Seattle | Subject: Personal,
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Seattle Art Fair, Upfor, Seattle, Washington
BOOM: Changing Seattle, Center for Architecture and Design, Seattle, Washington
Monochromatic, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, New York
NW Art Now, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington
2016 Core Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas
(Not So) Still Life, Wave Hill, New York, New York
La Vista: Mamihlapinatapai, curated by Sharmyn Cruz Rivera, The Franklin, Chicago, Illinois
Time + Space: Beginnings, Bemis Center, Omaha, Nebraska
2015 A World in Flux: 2015 Biennial Exhibition, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire
Texas Contemporary, david Shelton Gallery, Houston, Texas
My Kingdom for a Stage, Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC
Prole, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington (screening)
This Side of Paradise, FotoFest, Houston, Texas
Tele-novela, Acre TV (screening)
Made in Woodstock VII, Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York
De · coy, Worksound International, Portland, Oregon
Neddy Artist Awards, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Washington
Country, Home, CUE Foundation (curated by Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell), New York, New York
West of the Sun, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California
Source Amnesia, Klowden Mann, Culver City, California
The Great Debate About Art, Upfor, Portland, Oregon
The Great Debate About Art, envoy enterprises, New York, New York
Fellowship: New Works, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California
Bellingham National 2015, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington
Everything Your Heart Desires, Soil Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2015 Core program show, Glassell School of Arts, Houston, Texas
Wheaton College Photography Biennial, Norton, Massachusetts
Maria TV, Diverse Works, Houston, Texas (screening)
2014 Open Seas, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California
VOX X: Present Tense, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This Might Not Be for Now, Cabinet, Brooklyn, New York (screening)
Made in America, National Academy Museum, New York, New York
The Measure of All Things, Room Gallery,  University of California, Irvine, California
IDxID: New Identities, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, Washington
9th Annual New Dance Cinema, Velocity Dance Center, Seattle, Washington (curator)
2013 //SIGHTLINES, Gage Academy, Seattle, Washington
Exile, El Rincon Social, Houston, Texas
CURRENTS 2013: International New Media Festival, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, New Mexico
En Foco’s New Works, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, New York
Larson Gallery, Yakima, Washington
Green Gothic, Hedreen Gallery, Seattle, Washington
LENS 2013 International, Perspective Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Untitled, The majestic theater, Corvallis, Oregon
Optic Nerve 14, BIG Screen Plaza, New York, New York
2012 Sides, with Molly Sides, Next Dance Cinema, Velocity Dance Center, Seattle, Washington (screening)
Arrest Me, Punch Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Shadows, Black box gallery, Portland, Oregon
Optic Nerve 14, MOCA, Miami, Florida
New Boondocks, CoCA, Seattle, Washington
Digital Connections, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, Washington
MMMM, in collaboration with Mandy Greer, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington
ONN/OF, curated by Susan Robb and Sierra Stinson, The Sweater Factory, Seattle, Washington
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2011 Work in Progress, in collaboration with Sutton Beres Culler, Cornish Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Curated Exhibitions

2017 It would go, Klowden Mann, Culver City, California
Closed Quarters
, Vachon Gallery, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington
2016 Subduction, Upfor, Portland, Oregon

Grants/Honors

2017 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant
2016 Art Matters Foundation Grant
Open Sessions Artist, The Drawing Center, New York, New York (through 2017)
2015 Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, New York
2014 Arts Innovator Award, Artist Trust, Seattle, Washington
Texas Contemporary Award, Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, Texas
Fellowship, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California
Nominee, Northwest Contemporary Arts Award, Portland, Oregon
“Hot picks”, Smack Melon, Brooklyn, New York
Individual Artist Project Award, 4Culture, Seattle, Washington
2013 Grant, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, Irvine, California
Genius Award For Art, The Genius Foundation, Seattle, Washington
Clowes Fund Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont
CityArtist Projects Grant, Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle, Washington
2012 Innovators Award Nominee, Artist Trust, Seattle, Washington
New Works #16 Fellowship, En Foco, Bronx, New York
de Cilia Graduating With Excellence Award, UW School of Art, Seattle, Washington
Vimeo Festival + Awards Nominee (short-listed), Vimeo.com
Art Walk Awards Nominee, City Arts Magazine, Seattle, Washington
2011 Julaine Martin Endowed Scholarship in the Arts, UW School of Art, Seattle, Washington
Sprout IV Grant, Sprout, Seattle, Washington
2009 JUNO Scholarship for Art, Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
2004 SONY Animal Gallery Video Art Contest Award

Collections

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
CC Foundation, Shanghai, China
JP Morgan Chase, New York, New York
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, California
Dimensional Fund Advisors, Austin, Texas
The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington
The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, New York
The Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, Washington
Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington

Selected Bibliography

2019 Kroll-Zaidi, Rafil, “Findings“, Harper’s Magazine, July.
Rodrigo Valenzuela’s Screen Series at New Museum, New York“, BLOUIN ARTINFO, June 28.Doran, Anne, “Rodrigo Valenzuela, American Type @Laurence Miller,” Collector Daily, May 20.
Davis, Brangien, “Rodrigo Valenzuela,” Visit Seattle, April 14.
Salahi, Samia, “Herberger Institute lecture series brings visiting artists to ASU,” The State Press, March 27.
Thirteen artists not to miss at The Armory Show,” The Art Newspaper, March 6.
Chang, Richard, “Temporary OCMAExpand location offers a unique experience for arts lovers“, Los Angeles Times, February 11.
Surratt, Cjala, “Light Work Presents ‘Rodrigo Valenzuela: American Type,'” Syracuse University, January 19.
2018 Trella, Christopher, “Artscapes: OC Museum of Art opening of temporary location on Santa Ana,” Newport Beach Independent Newspaper, November 17.
Riefe, Jordan, “OC Museum of Art celebrates opening of temporary location in Santa Ana,” OCRegister, November 1.
Sutton, Benjamin, “Six Artists Working as Teachers Share the Lessons They’ve Learned,” Artsy Editorial, October 16.
Pacheco, Antonio, “California’s Orange County Museum of Art to open satellite location while Morphosis builds,” The Architect’s Newspaper, October 11.
Shapero, Julia, “Hybrid course and ’10 Questions’ series offer interdisciplinary answers about space,” Daily Bruin, October 4.
Warner, Liz, “10 Questions: What is Space?,” KCET, October 1.
Johnson, Cooper, “Rodrigo Valenzuela,” Artillery, May 2.
Huete, Betsy, “Rodrigo Valenzuela at Art League Houston“, Glasstire, April 20.
Knoblauch, Loring, “Rodrigo Valenzuela, Intervention @Laurence Miller,” Collector Daily, April 18.
Schum, Matthew, “Rodrigo Valenzuela,” Aperture #232, p. 114-117.
Campbell, Andy, “Critics’ Picks,”Artforum, March.
Furman, Anna, “The Mesmerizing Depth and Desolation of Desert Landscapes,” Hyperallergic, February 23.
Widyolar, Keith, “Rodrigo Valenzuela ‘Intervention’ Chilean Artist at Laurence Miller Gallery,” New York Latin Culture, February 20.
2017 Vogel, Wendy, “Rodrigo Valenzuela General Song,” ArtReview, December.
Gerwin, Daniel, “Critics’ Picks,” Artforum, December 11.
Speer, Richard, “Rodrigo Valenzuela,” Visual Art Source, September.
Dluzen, Robin, “EXPO Chicago 2017 Highlights,” New American Paintings, September.
Pothast, Emily, “The Meditated Intimacy of Closed Quarters, Curated by Rodrigo Valenzuela,” The Stranger, September 18.
Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawing with Open Sessions,” The New Yorker, September.
Nguyen, Minh, “Poetic Meditations in an Emergency,” Seattle Weekly, July 19.
Ponnekanti, Rosemary, “Hard Truths About Class and Race from Those Who Do the Work,” Crosscut, June 8.
Karlstetter, Simon, “Goalkeepers,” Der Grief, February 9.
2016 Lin, Amy, “Chilean Artist Rodrigo Valenzuela Opening at Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer,” Widewalls, October.
Rodrigo Valenzuela – Hedonic Reversal,” Phases Magazine, October.
Koeppel, Fredric, “Valenzuela, Garnica confront contemporary issues at Fogelman Galleries,” The Commercial Appeal, August 30.
Rabin, Jennifer, “Subduction, Upfor Gallery, Portland, Oregon,” Visual Art Source, July 8.
Eler, Alicia, “In Review | Rodrigo Valenzuela and the Ruins of Future Past,” CraveOnline, June 11.
Mizota, Sharon, “Review: Artist Rodrigo Valenzuela’s Shrines of Disillusionment,” Los Angeles Times, May 26.
Graves, Jen, “Valenzuela Goes Looking For Heroes But Doesn’t Find Any,” The Stranger, April 5.
McQuaid, Cate, “Crumbled Vistas, Important Questions in ‘Hedonic Reversal’,” The Boston Globe, February 16.
Hall, Emily, “Rodrigo Valenzuela,” Artforum, February.
Allenchey, Alex, “How Chilean Artist Rodrigo Valenzuela Sheds Light on Immigrant Experience,” Artsy, Jan. 13.
2015 Snyder,Stephanie, “Picks: Rodrigo Valenzuela,” Artforum, March 5.
Upchurch, Michael, “Past and future, time and decay: Rodrigo Valenzuela, at the Frye (review)“, The Seattle Times, February 27.
Reiner, Claire, “Rodrigo Valenzuela: “Future Ruins” at the Frye,” Vanguard Seattle, February 5.
2014 Thibault, Sarah, “Untitled., Miami,” SFAQ, December 4.
Lechner, Jenna, “Beauty and Brains: Rodrigo Valenzuela’s Story is Everyone’s Story,” The Portland Mercury, April 30.
Manitach, Amanda, “When Labor Shines,” CityArts, March 13.
Utti, Jake, “An Interview with Rodrigo Valenzuela,” The Monarch Review, February 27.
2013 Graves Jen, “Rodrigo Valenzuela 2013 Genius Award Winner for Art,” The Stranger, October 2.
Chen, Michelle, “Looking Back,” CULTURESTR/KE, August 23.
2012 Mudede, Charles, “Inhabiting Landscapes,” The Stranger.  June 13.

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