John M. Valadez
John M. Valadez has been making significant artwork for over 45 years in the Southern California region. His work has come to define an iconography of Chicano experience in the city, using both the changing dynamics and reconstructing a mythical allegory that speaks to a unique vision. This has been done through numerous federal and state mural commissions throughout California,Texas, and France. Mr. Valadez had a 35 year retrospective at The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla in 2012 that was critically acclaimed. He was given a six week residency in Bordeaux, France in the spring of 2014 in celebration of the 50th anniversary Los Angeles/Bordeaux sister city art exchange. John was honored with the Vincent and Mary Price Legacy Award from the Vincent Price Art Museum in 2017 along with a distant Joan Mitchell fellowship award. Mr. Valadez was included in the traveling exhibition Building Bridges in Time of Walls throughout Mexico 2018-2020, and will be included in Traitor, Survivor, Icon: La Malinche and the Conquest of Mexico, traveling through Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas 2022-2023.
John M. 's Upcoming Workshops
Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Sep 20 - 21, 2021
10AM - 2:30PM
What’s so Real About Photorealism?
John M. Valadez, Anna Katz
Photorealism involves painstaking emulation, by hand and primarily in paint, of the surface qualities of photographic images. When Photorealism emerged in the late 1960s in Europe and the United States, it was an heir to Pop, owing to its typically banal subjects and snapshot aesthetics, and a cousin of Minimalism, sharing a cool affectlessless and machinic finish. Its anomaly was its commitment to the medium of painting, at the moment of conceptual art’s rise, and further to the realist tradition, in the ceaseless wake of abstraction in the 20th century. More recently, artists working in a photorealist idiom have provoked the question of the status of the photograph in contemporary art and in broader cultural understandings of truth and fact. This Critical Dialog program seeks to reexamine Photorealism and to trace its lineages in art of the present day—lineages that have zigged and zagged as the status of the photograph has undergone radical shifts and re-imaginings in the realms of fine art, technology, and everyday life. Topics include trompe l'oeil; the pose; representation of people of historically marginalized identities; visual codes of taste and class; and the permeation of personal cameras in everyday life. Registration is required, please CLICK HERE to register.