Rodrigo Valenzuela’s work in photography, video and installation is rooted in contradictory traditions of documentary and fiction, often involving narratives around immigration and the working class. Valenzuela (b. 1982, Santiago, Chile) completed an art history degree at the University of Chile (2004), then worked in construction while making art over his first decade in the United States, completing an MFA at University of Washington in 2012.
Valenzuela’s many residencies include Light Work in Syracuse, New York; a Core Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Skowhegan, Maine; Bemis Center, Nebraska and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York. In addition to Upfor, notable solo exhibitions include OCMA in Santa Ana and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History in CA; Portland Art Museum, OR; Klowden Mann, Los Angeles; Laurence Miller Gallery, New York; the McColl Center, Charlotte; Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna; Frye Art Museum, Seattle and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago. Accolades include a 2017 Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, an Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award and inclusion in Open Sessions 10 at The Drawing Center, New York. Collections housing his work include the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; the de Bont collection and Dimensional Fund Advisors, among others. Rodrigo Valenzuela is a professor of art at University of California Los Angeles.