Rodrigo Valenzuela (b. 1982, Santiago, Chile) completed an art history degree in Chile and worked in construction while making art over his first decade in the United States. He completed an MFA at University of Washington in 2012 and is currently a Core Fellow at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Recent solo exhibitions include the Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2015), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago (2015), Upfor Gallery, Portland, OR (2015), Archer Gallery, Vancouver, WA (2014) and Bryan Ohno Gallery, Seattle (2013). Valenzuela has participated in residencies at Skowhegan (Maine), Bemis Center (Nebraska), Center for Photography at Woodstock (New York) and Vermont Studio Center. Valenzuela is recipient of Artist Trust’s Arts Innovator Award (2014), the Texas Contemporary Award (2104) and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts grant (2013). Valenzuela's work is in the collections of the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, and in private collections including the de Bont collection and Dimensional Fund Advisors.
View more of Rodrigo’s work at: www.rodrigovalenzuela.com
I construct narratives, scenes, and stories which point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. I utilize autobiographical threads to inform larger universal fields of experience. Gestures of alienation and displacement are both the aesthetic and subject of much of my work. Often using landscapes and tableaus with day laborers or myself, I explore the way an image is inhabited, and the way that spaces, objects and people are translated into images. My work serves as an expressive and intimate point of contact between the broader realms of subjectivity and political contingency. Through my videos and photographs, I make images that feel at the same time familiar yet distant. I engage the viewer in questions concerning the ways in which the formation and experience of each work is situated—how they exist in and out of place.