Rodrigo Valenzuela produces paintings, photographs, videos and installations that construct narratives which point to the tensions between communities and individuals. Exploring the way in which images and places are inhabited, he interrogates the way that spaces, objects and people are translated into images. After emigrating to the US from Chile in 2005, Valenzuela worked in construction while developing his artistic practice. His work consistently looks at the way in which systems of capital support social interactions, culling from his autobiography, and expanding his field of experience through engagement and interviews with the immigrant communities within which he works. Valenzuela’s work reflects on the potential and the challenge of the individual acting within the current socio-political arena.
Rodrigo Valenzuela completed an art history degree at the University of Chile (2004), and earned his MFA at University of Washington in 2012. Valenzuela’s many residencies include 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 presentations at Upfor, notable solo exhibitions include Portland Art Museum, OR; Klowden Mann, Los Angeles (2018, 2016); Laurence Miller Gallery, New York (2018); the McColl Center, Charlotte (2017); Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna (2016); Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2015) and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago (2015).
Valenzuela’s recent photo transfer on canvas works, which will respond to the location as the site of the last border contestation between the U.S. and Great Britain will be featured at the Barracks and a selection of his 2017 photo series, Masks will be on view at studio e and the Storehouse.