Originally from Chicago, Esteban del Valle is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, where he maintains an active studio and mural practice. He completed his MFA in painting at RISD in 2009, where he received a Presidential Scholarship and the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship. Del Valle has produced murals nationally and his work has been featured on HGTV, NY1 News, News 12 Brooklyn, and the New York Times and has been included various exhibitions including Pulso: Art of the Americas at KCAD in Grand Rapids, MI, EMPIRIA at Superchief Gallery in NYC, Liars, Actors, and Believers at Cabinet in Brooklyn, NY, and the 2009 New Insight exhibition at Art Chicago. Del Valle has also been the recipient of several visual arts residencies and fellowships including Hub-Bub, ISLAND, the Dejarssi Program, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Esteban del Valle received a 2014-2015 New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship as part of his Smack Mellon Studio Program residency.

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Beginning with the premise of a painting as a stage, my work investigates the theatricality of leadership and authenticity through an exploration of film, animation, and drawing. With a strong connection to the conventions and clichés in both cinema and the history of painting, I examine the performative aspects of political speeches, revolutionary actions, campaign trail activities, as well as the process of art making itself. My interest in the artist as a public figure stems from my journey to better understand what it means to make “political” art.