JOHN VALADEZ, a realist painter and muralist who takes as his subject the urban landscape and people of Los Angeles, was born, raised, and continues to live in L.A. His style might be compared to that of photorealists, such as Richard Estes, who gained prominence in the 1970s. However, his work is not a purely documentary reflection of mainstream society.
Culture Fix: John Valadez on the Chicano Art Movement Outside East L.A.
Fowler Museum of Art: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
John Valadez is a realist painter and muralist whose works has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the U.S., Europe, and Mexico. In the 1970s and 1980s Valadez worked actively with Chicano Arts collectives such as Los Four and Centro de Arte Publico in Highland Park. Valadez's work often are murals focused on giving visibility to a Mexican-American Los Angeles.