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 MFA at University of Washington in 2012. Valenzuela’s work in photography, video is rooted in the contradictory traditions of documentary and fiction, often involving narratives around immigration and the working class.
Valenzuela’s many residencies include a Core Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas), Skowhegan (Maine), Bemis Center (Nebraska), and the Center for Photography at Woodstock (New York). In addition to presentations at Upfor, notable solo exhibitions include the McColl Center, Charlotte (2017); Klowden Mann, Los Angeles (2016); Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna (2016); Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2015), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago (2015) and envoy enterprises, New York (2015). He was awarded an Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award (2014) and is in the collections of the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz; the de Bont collection and Dimensional Fund Advisors, among others. Valenzuela was in Open Sessions 10 at The Drawing Center, New York. Rodrigo Valenzuela is an assistant professor at University of California Los Angeles.
Rodrigo Valenzuela's film The Unwaged premiered at the Portland Art Museum and remains on view through April 22, 2018. He was recently awarded a 2017 Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.