Local artist and UTPA (University of Texas Pan American) art department instructor Paul Valadez was selected to participate in the 2009 Texas Biennial in Austin.

Three pieces were selected to be included in the group exhibition by juror and 2009 Texas Biennial guest curator, Michael Duncan, corresponding editor for Art in America Magazine.

Duncan visited the artist’s home and studio in Edinburg, Texas in the fall where he met with Valadez to discuss the artist’s vision, style and motivation behind his work. The filmed interview can be viewed at http://www.vimeo.com/2251702 or through the Texas Biennial Web site www.texasbiennial.com.

Valadez has three pieces included in the group exhibit which opened on March 6 at the Mexican American Cultural Center the exhibition run through April 11, 2009. Valadez will be attending the opening exhibition and festivities.

“This is a great opportunity to show in a larger metropolitan venue and to represent the Rio Grande Valley arts community, shared, Valadez “We have a lot going on down here and it’s exciting to be chosen for such a selective and prestigious competition.”

The artist grew up in Stockton, Calif., and graduated from Stagg High School and attended San Joaquin Delta College prior to attending the San Francisco Art Institute where he earned his BFA in Interdisciplinary Art in 1997. Valadez earned his MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he was awarded a Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship.

Valadez is currently exhibiting his work at Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas, where he is part of a group invitational titled Six Shooter, curated by Matt Guest on display through March 20, 2009.

Valadez exhibits throughout the Rio Grande Valley with recent work at Galeria 409 in Brownsville, ManicHaus in downtown McAllen and works with a number of cultural and arts nonprofit organizations in the area.

For more information please visit www.paris1920.com or contact Paul Valadez at myfedora@hotmail.com