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BIOGRAPHY

Amanda Valdez (b. 1982, Seattle, WA) is a research-based artist best known for mixed media paintings which incorporate textiles, oil stick, and paint. Valdez’s work draws on landscapes, physical experiences, archaeological objects, and sites that she encounters in day-to-day life, research, and travel. Her paintings reflect the history and memory that the body holds in its somatic makeup: scars, sags, wrinkles, marks, symmetries, and asymmetries. She uncovers these through the act of drawing, accessing a deep body of stored shapes and experiences in the process of developing her work. She draws from a vast matrix of personal and historical experiences to create evocative and poetic shapes, some of which are familiar and others which may seem mysterious as they appear for the first time. Her recent paintings utilize new techniques and materials from intricately woven material to textured, layered oil stick which adds to the viscid acrylic drip forms and smooth, velvety gouache already found in her work.

She earned an MFA from Hunter College in 2011 and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007.

Her work has been presented in group and solo exhibitions at Denny Gallery, New York and Hong Kong; Danforth Gallery at the University of Maine, ME; Heckscher Museum of Art, NY; and Mead Art Museum, MA , among others. Her work is held in the collections of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, MA; Heckscher Museum of Art, NY; Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, MA; and the US Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala, among others. Valdez lives and works in New York, NY.