Amanda Valdez

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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 in Huntington, New York, Rattle Around at KOKI Arts in Tokyo, 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, and Time Equities, Inc. in New York. Valdez’s work has been featured or reviewed in the LA Times, Brooklyn Rail, Newsday, Galerie Magazine, ARTNews, Forbes, Paper Magazine, and The Stranger, among others.


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First Might Catalog
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Fringe
07.08.2021 - 08.20.2021
Gratitude
04.02.2021 - 05.15.2021
First Might
09.07.2018 - 10.14.2018
Time & Tide
04.07.2016 - 05.15.2016
Metamodern
07.16.2015 - 08.29.2015
Thick as Thieves
09.10.2014 - 10.19.2014
Works Off Canvas
07.24.2013 - 09.08.2013
Taste of Us
01.11.2013 - 02.17.2013
Piecework
The Heckscher Museum of Art
08.01.2020 - 10.04.2020
Mead Art Museum
09.08.2016 - 01.02.2017
April 06, 2021 Press

Amanda Valdez: Gratitude included in Surface Magazine’s Itinerary

For the past year, Amanda Valdez has been contending with gratitude as a tool to navigate stress, loss, and tragedy after the tumultuous past year saw her lose a parent and become a mother. Her process begins by “dislodging” ideas with small-scale drawings with shapes that emerge from motherhood, growth, and relationships. Utilizing both hand-dyed and commercially sourced fabrics, Valdez then sews the shaped panels of fabric into the canvas before stretching it over the frame, and then paints with a combination of oil stick, gouache, acrylic, and embroidery. This body of work also introduces weaving and quilting as an element in her paintings after experimenting with her four harness floor loom.


February 14, 2020 Artists, Outside Exhibitions, Press Releases

Amanda Valdez at the Heckscher Museum of Art

Featuring more than 20 works, including several that are among the artist’s largest and most recent, Amanda Valdez: Piecework explores artist’s engagement with abstraction and “women’s work” with fiber. She conjures surprising compositions through thoughtful use of different materials and techniques.


December 19, 2018 Press

Amanda Valdez Reviewed in Less Than Half

I left my conversation with Amanda Valdez carrying with me a modest list of book recommendations ranging in subject from myths of the moon to a material history of the United States. That I had such a list came as no surprise, as I had frequently heard Valdez described in various articles as a “research-based artist.” Being a research-based artist, however, does not mean that she is a didactic artist, intent on teaching us something with her work. “I don’t…Read More


October 03, 2018 Press

Amanda Valdez reviewed in Brooklyn Rail

By valuing and incorporating a diversity of techniques and materials, Valdez’s investigations in abstraction give rise to a humanist possibility in a moment when we, as a society, are largely failing to value and reconcile a similar diversity of perspectives and peoples.


September 12, 2018 Press

Amanda Valdez Featured by ARTNews

Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. Today’s show: “Amanda Valdez: First Might” is on view at Denny Dimin Gallery in New York through Saturday, October 14. The solo exhibition is the artist’s third with the gallery, which recently changed its name from Denny Gallery.

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March 13, 2018 Events

Davis Museum at Wellesley College Acquires Work By Amanda Valdez and Justine Hill

Davis Museum at Wellesley College Acquires Work By Amanda Valdez and Justine Hill at NADA New York, 2018. Acquisition posted in The Art Newspaper on March 9, 2018. “…International Women’s Day was observed when the Davis Museum of Art at Wellesley, one of the first colleges for women in the US, acquired two works from New York’s Denny Gallery, Drunkard’s Path, an embroidered and quilted piece by Amanda Valdez, and a new four-panel painting by Justine Hill called Figure, Ground,…Read More


October 03, 2017 Gallery Meets World

Denny Gallery Launches Gallery Meets World Series with Katharine Earnhardt of Mason Lane Art Advisory Services

Denny Gallery is launching a new weekly series featuring some of our creative clients and partners. Find out what they do and why they collect. We will feature them on the News page of our website and in a few social media posts throughout the week. They will also curate a selection of their favorite artworks available in Shop Denny Gallery. You can follow these stories at #gallerymeetsworld No. 1: Katharine Earnhardt of Mason Lane Art Advisory Services Katharine Earnhardt…Read More


September 28, 2016 Outside Exhibitions, Press

Amanda Valdez interviewed by The Amherst Student

Current Rotherwas Room Artist Amanda Valdez Speaks About Ladies’ Night By Sophie Currin ’17 Posted: September 28, 2016 Read on The Amherst Student The Rotherwas Room in the Mead Art Museum is over 400 years old. According to the Mead, the intricate wood panels that constitute the room have meandered from an English castle to a New York City gallery to Amherst over the last few centuries. The panels were commissioned to be crafted in the early 1600s by English…Read More


September 09, 2016 Press

Amanda Valdez in Art Zealous

“Dance Parties, Feminism & Embroidery With Artist Amanda Valdez” September 9, 2016 by Caitlin Confort Read on Art Zealous Amanda Valdez is an artist who is hot for teacher. Just kidding, but she places an important value on education as her professors promoted her self-expression and encouraged her artistic development throughout the years. When she arrived in the Big Apple for graduate school, Amanda had an amazing cast of educators who challenged and nurtured her as she brought her abstract…Read More


August 20, 2016 Outside Exhibitions

Amanda Valdez at Mead Art Museum Amherst College opens September 8

Mead Art Museum Amherst College announces Rotherwas Project 1: Amanda Valdez, Ladies’ Night. On View September 8, 2016–January 2, 2017 Download exhibition brochure This fall, the historic Rotherwas Room meets contemporary art as the Mead inaugurates its biannual exhibition series, the Rotherwas Project. In “Rotherwas Project 1,” the works of Seattle-born artist Amanda Valdez bring a new palette and iconography to the historic oak-paneled room. Influenced by feminism, quilt design, and non-Western as well as Western art, Ms. Valdez combines paint,…Read More


July 08, 2016 Press

Review of “The City & The City” by Emily Colucci for Art F City

“A Door-Shattering Breakthrough at Denny Gallery’s Pop-Up ‘The City & The City’” by Emily Colucci, July 8, 2016 Read on Art F City Nothing underscores the fraught tensions of gentrification quite like the deafening sound of a large glass door shattering behind you. Moments after I entered Denny Gallery’s East Broadway pop-up space this Wednesday, the gallery’s door splintered with a bang and a startling crack. Fragmenting into a wall of tiny shards, the broken door trapped the gallerists and…Read More


April 19, 2016 Press

Amanda Valdez and Caris Reid in Forbes Magazine

Read on Forbes.com The creative synergy between collaborative artists Caris Reid and Amanda Valdez is immediately apparent. In conversation, they build easily off each other’s assertions about their work, generous in their praise of one another. Even their appearances are complementary: when I met with them the afternoon before their opening at Denny Gallery in New York’s Lower East Side, Valdez wore a navy wrap dress that complemented her curly brown hair, while Reid wore a more fitted black dress…Read More


April 07, 2016 Press

Time & Tide in PAPER Magazine

Meet the Artists Behind a Witchy New Show Inspired by the Lunar Cycle By Kate Messinger, April 7, 2016 Read on PAPER Magazine Tonight is a new moon, and we’re all in it together. Throughout history, across cultures and time, the beginning of the lunar cycle is a symbol of new beginnings — when tides change, when farmers plant crops, when women believed they had less of a risk to get pregnant. And now, at a small gallery in the…Read More


February 12, 2016 Press

Amanda Valdez & Caris Reid Interview on Double or Nothing

Photographed in Brooklyn by Skye Parrott Read on Double or Nothing Across cultures and millennia the moon has constantly loomed, quietly reminding us of the power it holds; it can pull ocean tides, control birth cycles, make men crazy and illuminate the darkness. It is the serene, ever-evasive contrast to the energetic, persistent sun, maintaining a subversive influence that has served as both a guide and goddess for women throughout history. Caris Reid’s mythology-inspired symbolism and Amanda Valdez’s personified shapes…Read More


August 27, 2015 Press

Metamodern reviewed in Hyperallergic

Read on Hyperallergic Going Meta: Art after the Death of Art by Thomas Micchelli, August 22, 2015 Terminology is slippery, and using it as the premise for an exhibition can be slipperier still (witness the Museum of Modern Art’s recent stumble with “atemporality” in The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World). But the concept underlying Metamodern, a group show at Denny Gallery on the Lower East Side, actually holds the potential to enrich an already strong array of works…Read More


March 06, 2015 Art Fairs, Press

Hyperallergic Spotlights Brent Birnbaum and Amanda Valdez in SPRING/BREAK

Read on Hyperallergic.  By Allison Meier, March 4, 2015 Jam-Packed Spring/Break Art Show Pulls into Moynihan Station Brent Birnbaum’s installation of painted treadmills, curated by Elizabeth Denny & Craig Poor Monteith at the 2015 Spring/Break Art Show (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) In its fourth year, Spring/Break Art Show is temporarily transforming the disused offices of Moynihan Station into an art fair based on the theme of “transaction.” With more than 80 curators and over 100 artists, it’s more a series…Read More


November 13, 2014 Art Fairs

Denny Gallery Exhibiting at UNTITLED. Miami Beach

Exhibiting at UNTITLED. December 3-7, 2014 Ocean Drive & 12th Street, Miami Beach Booth A07 Artists on view: Lauren Seiden, Amanda Valdez  


October 19, 2014 Press

Amanda Valdez’s Thick as Thieves Reviewed in NYblk

Read on NYblk. By Stephen Wilson / October 12, 2014 Amanda Valdez: Thick As Thieves at Denny Gallery September 10th – October 19th 2014   With one week left to see Amanda Valdez’s show, Thick As Thieves, at Denny Gallery in the Lower East Side, I can’t recommend it enough. The show is a breath of fresh air amidst the downtown gallery scene this fall.  In contrast with the lowbrow, lowcraft that plagues the galleries nearby, Valdez has honed her…Read More


September 01, 2014 Press

Amanda Valdez in Women Artists Interviews Zine

View PDF in Women Artists: Interviews Zine


April 25, 2014 Press

Interview with Amanda Valdez on LVL3 Media

Read on LVL3 Media “Artist of The Week: Amanda Valdez” Amanda Valdez is a Brooklyn based artist, born in Seattle, Washington. She received her MFA from Hunter College in New York City and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; additionally she studied at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Amanda has been the recipient of a Yaddo Artist-in-Residency, MacDowell Colony Artist-in-Residency, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Artist-in-Residency, and the 2011 College Art Association MFA Professional-Development Fellowship. Recent…Read More


December 21, 2013 Outside Exhibitions

Amanda Valdez featured in the Huffington Post

Read on the Huffington Post. “4 Contemporary Female Artists Who Are Shaping The Future of Painting” by Priscilla Frank. December 19, 2013. The year 1913 forever changed the trajectory of painting. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque were spreading the Cubist gospel, transforming the public’s understanding of not only painting, but of seeing. In the same year, Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2” premiered at the Armory Show, taking abstraction to new heights. These artists did away with the…Read More


September 06, 2013 Press

“Works Off Canvas” in Art in America’s The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows you Won’t Want to Miss

Art in America “Works Off Canvas” at Denny Gallery, through Sep. 8 A concise and surprising group show at one of the Lower East Side’s newer galleries (it opened in early 2013 with a solo show by Amanda Valdez, one of the four artists in “Works Off Canvas). In addition to Valdez’s abstract assemblages incorporating embroidery thread and fabric, the exhibition includes Michael Rudokas’s compositions of layered semitransparent materials like tulle and chiffon, and Wayne Adams’s tactile faux fur pieces. Lauren Seiden’s…Read More


September 05, 2013 Press

Denny Gallery in Departures Magazine – “Doing the NEW New York Art Scene”

Departures Magazine – September 2013 “Doing the New New York Art Scene” by Leif Parsons Denny Gallery is one of ten art galleries on the Lower East Side listed and mapped in the September 2013 issue of Departures. “Elizabeth Denny’s eye for up-and-coming talent is on wide display at Denny Gallery (Amanda Valdez, in particular, is an artist to watch). The space is small and standard issue; the work is anything but.”


April 26, 2013 Art Fairs

Denny Gallery Exhibiting Amanda Valdez at Pulse New York

EXHIBITING AMANDA VALDEZ AT PULSE NEW YORK The Metropolitan Pavilion 125 West 18th Street, New York IMPULSE SECTION BOOTH I10 May 9 – 12, 2013


April 10, 2013 Artists, Outside Exhibitions

Amanda Valdez with “Same Same But Different” at Guest Spot @ the Reinstitute, Baltimore

SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT are an exhibition collective that work within a shared formal language, with each artist employing distinctive materials and subject matter that are true to their namesake. Jay Gaskill, Fabrian G. Tabibian, and Amanda Valdez with special guests Halsey Hathaway and Maya Hayuk. Guest Spot @ the Reinstitute Opening Reception: April 13, 7 – 10 p.m. Join the event on Facebook. Closing & Panel Discussion: May 25, 2 – 4 p.m.


February 14, 2013 Press

Review of Amanda Valdez in Idiom, “A Sweet Tooth & Some Cavities” by Jeffrey Kirkwood

Link to read on Idiom. In a meditation on the ‘seductiveness’ of the big toe, Georges Bataille wrote in 1929 — “human life entails, in fact, the rage of seeing oneself as a back and forth movement from refuse to ideal, and from the ideal to refuse — a rage that is easily directed against an organ as base as the foot.” Against this caliginous member of Acéphal’s tendency to luxuriate in real abjection, Amanda Valdez’s finely executed assemblages discover the joyous excesses of…Read More


January 23, 2013 Press

Review of Amanda Valdez in Dossier

Link to read on Dossier Journal Amanda Valdez: Taste of Us An abstract painter is situated strangely in relation to the history of her medium. On the one hand, very little in a given work bears a direct and obvious connection to common social life – a situation that has always made interpreting an abstract painting uncomfortable. By definition, it cannot picture its theme, and this makes it seem too distant from the languages in which we usually express our…Read More


January 13, 2013 Installation Views

Installation Views of Amanda Valdez Taste of Us


December 21, 2012 Artists

ArtBridge Artist Profile: Amanda Valdez

ArtBridge Artist Profile: Amanda Valdez Video about how ArtBridge helped to launch Amanda Valdez’s career leading to her upcoming solo exhibition at Denny Gallery.


December 20, 2012 Press Releases

Inaugural Denny Gallery exhibition Amanda Valdez: Taste of Us will run 1.11.13 – 2.17.13

Elizabeth Denny is pleased to announce that Denny Gallery will open on Friday, January 11, 2013 with the inaugural exhibition Amanda Valdez: Taste of Us. Amanda Valdez makes colorful, multimedia works, populated by shapes that oscillate between representation and abstraction. The works have a very strong physicality, immediacy, and sense of embodiment. Various materials- embroidery, acrylic paint, fabric and canvas- are sewn together to become continuous, integral elements of the work. Sewn elements are not delicate, fabric and stitches do…Read More


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