Rodrigo Valenzuela

Rodrigo Valenzuela (b. 1982, Santiago, Chile) completed an art history degree at the University of Chile (2004), then worked in construction while making art over his first decade in the United States, completing an BA in Philosophy at Evergreen College and MFA at University of Washington in 2012. Using staged scenes and digital interventions, Valenzuela's photography, video and installation work is rooted in the contradictory traditions of documentary and fiction, often involving narratives around immigration and the working class.

Valenzuela’s residencies include a Core Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Maine), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Valenzuela is recipient of several awards, including an Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award 2014, Texas Contemporary Award 2014, Stranger Genius Award 2013, University of California Artist Research Grant 2015. 
Recent solo exhibitions include: 'Past | Present’, UPFOR, Portland, 2019; 'Screen Series: Rodrigo Valenzuela’, New Museum, New York, 2019; 'MASA’, Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, 2019;  'American Type’, Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery & Light Work, Syracuse,  2019; 'Floating Borders', Santa Cruz Museum of Art&History, Santa Cruz, 2018; 'American-type', Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, 2018; 'Work in it's Place', Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, 2018; 'The Unwaged', Art League Houston, 2018; 'Labor Standards', Portland Art Museum, 2017.
Recent group exhibition include: 'The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement’, New Museum & Philips Collection, Washington D.C., 2019; 'Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly',The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, 2019; 'Becoming American', American and English Camps, Washington, 2018; 'On Whiteness', The Kitchen, New York, 2018; 'This is Not Here', RE21, New York, 2018; 'Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly', Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, 2018; 'I followed You to the Sun', Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, 2018; 'SP-Arte - Presented by Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer', SP-Arte, Sao Paulo, 2018; 'Disobedience', Jenkins Johnson, New York, 2018; 'New Feelings', Center for Contemporary Art, PNCA, Portland, 2018; 'Where Do We Stand?', The Drawing Center, New York, 2017; 'Marginalia', The Drawing Center, New York, 2017; 'To: Seattle | Subject: Personal', Frye Art Museum, Seattle, 2016; 'New Cities, Future Ruins', Jubilee Park and Community Center, Dallas, 2016; 'NW Art Now @ TAM 2016', Tacoma Art Museum, 2016.