Vincent Valdez

Vincent Valdez

The work of Vincent Valdez is some of the most recognizable art coming out of San Antonio. His monumental charcoals and paintings have dealt with religion, social justice, and stereotypes around masculinity and ethnicity.

Jack Morgan / TPR Arts

The Mission Reach continues to peel back the metaphorical public art onion, and on Monday a pair of Vincent Valdez art installations were revealed: two benches.

“It was a chance for me to share my work with the public, with the community and the city of San Antonio, and (be) part of this amazing project they’re doing,” he said.

"This amazing project: are you talking about the Mission Reach?” I asked.

Mark Menjivar

San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez has created an exhibition that, let’s face it, is a little disturbing. But then, maybe art, from time to time, should be.

It’s called "Strangest Fruit" and it’s at Artpace. It owes its concept from the Abel Meeropol poem "Strange Fruit," which was penned about seeing lynched black people hanging from trees in the South. Valdez said there's something perhaps even more unsettling than the subject for that poem.

What is Chicano?

Dec 6, 2012

Carlos Francisco Jackson, professor of chicana/o studies at the University of California-Davis, and George Vargas, professor of art history at Texas A & M University-Kingsville, discussed the meaning of the term "Chicano" in 2012. Ricardo Romo, President, The University of Texas at San Antonio, moderated the conversation.

Vincent Valdez

Vincent Valdez has been called one of San Antonio’s great young artists.  He was , at 24, the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay Art Museum.  On The Newsmaker Hour, we walk through his newest exhibit, America’s Finest.  We also talk to two filmmakers, Angela and Mark Walley of Walley Films, as they discuss their work documenting San Antonio artists.  They recently completed their short documentary on Valdez’ work.  Finally we will hear Valdez in lecture, walking an audience at the McNay through his career.