(American, b. 1977)
One in a Million, 2007
Oil on canvas; 33 x 56 inches
Acquired in 2008
Focused on the practice of painting and drawing Vincent Valdez portrays the universal struggle in sociopolitical arenas. His devotion to detail has gained him recognition by foundations such as The Joan Mitchell Foundation where he received the grant for painters and sculptors. He also has collections in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Frye Museum of Art, Blanton Museum of Art, and others. Valdez was born in San Antonio, Texas but currently lives and works in Houston. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000. One in a Million was acquired in 2008. It follows the theme of Valdez’s other works with the hyper attention to detail on the figure and the sociopolitical implications. Valdez is known for making controversial paintings that break the façade of a harmonious society by pointing out the experiences of minorities.
University of Houston – Downtown
One Main Building
4th Floor, In front of O’Kane Gallery
Watch a recording of the July 30, 2020 artist conversation featuring Adrian Corral and Vincent Valdez. Moderated by Mark Cervenka, director of the O’Kane Gallery and Professor of Art at the University of Houston-Downtown.