Paul Valadez grew up in Stockton, CA and in 1997 got a BFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute. He received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina in 2003 where he was awarded a Weiss Fellowship for Urban Livability. Valadez uses mixed media, acrylics, metal, and text to create works that deal subtly with race, culture, and history through a concept of “old signage”. He currently resides in Edinburg, TX where he is a full-time lecturer at the University of Texas-Pan American. His current work is autobiographical in nature with a somewhat satirical social commentary, he finds that it is a reflection of his childhood memories and growing up in a bi-cultural household in the Central Valley in California.