Born 1982 in Seattle, Washington. Lives in New York City.
Amanda Valdez works in a matrix of gestures, styles, and materials referring to visual cultures that are both western and non-western. Valdez pulls on a variety of histories, from quilting and sewing, to tiling and brick-laying, to virtuoso gestural painting. Her works operate as a reflection of the body, and the histories that the body holds in its physical makeup: scars, sags, symmetries and asymmetries, and a lifetime of emotions.
Amanda Valdez received her MFA from Hunter College in New York City and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her most recent solo exhibitions include Piecework at the Heckscher Museum of Art, Rattle Around at KOKI Arts, Wild Child at the Landing Gallery in Los Angeles, First Might at Denny Dimin Gallery in New York, Hot Bed at Dot Fiftyone Gallery in Miami, and Ladies’ Night at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. In 2018, she was an artist-in-residence at New Roots Foundation in Guatemala. Valdez has also received prestigious artist residencies at the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Byrdcliffe, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Hunter College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the 2011 College Art Association MFA Professional-Development Fellowship. Her work is included in the collections of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Time Equities in New York, JoAnn Hickey in New York, A.G. Rosen in New York, and Adam Driver and Joanne Tucker in New York.