Winter in America
The title is borrowed from Gil Scott-Heron’s song, “Winter in America”. The image is from Valdez’s vivid memory of the morning that my best friend was rolled in on a flag-draped casket. It is my attempt to portray these scenes which society had forgotten, censored and ignored from the American media and from the American psyche. Like the lyric in Gil Scott’s song, “and ain’t nobody fighting, cause nobody knows what to save”.
Vincent Valdez began drawing at an early age. Valdez was born on the south side of San Antonio, TX in 1977. His first artistic influences were the canvases of his late great grandfather, Jose Maria Valdez, who was an artist/muralist from Spain. He began painting at age ten with murals. Upon graduating high school in 1996, he accepted a full scholarship to the International Fine Arts College in Miami, Florida. In the fall of 1997, Valdez accepted a scholarship to the Rhode Island School of Design where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration in June 2000. Vincent currently resides and works in Fire Station #15, his restored 1928 Firestation San Antonio, TX. A few exhibition venues that have held his work include: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Snite Museum of Art, The Frye Museum, The Mexican Museum of National Art in Chicago, The Parsons Museum in Paris, The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, OSDE Buenos Aires, The Laguna Art Museum, The Bell Gallery at Brown University and others.