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Rodrigo Valenzuela

Rodrigo Valenzuela has worked in construction and has a degree in Philosophy and both disciplines inform his work – from the crude, slapdash barricades he builds and photographs and the perceptual conundrums these photos pose.  He holds a BFA in photography from The University of Chile, a BA in Philosophy from The Evergreen State College and an MFA in Photomedia from the University of Washington.  He is also an alumnus of the Skowhegan school of painting and sculpture. His work has been shown at MOCA (Miami),  National Academy (New York), North Dakota Museum of Art (Grand Forks), Henry Art Gallery (Seattle), El museo cultural (Santa Fe), Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle).  His work is in the permanent collections of Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Frye Art Museum, (Seattle), Tacoma Art Museum, The Center for Photography (Woodstock, NY), The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, (Kansas City, MO), and Microsoft Art Collection, (Redmond, WA). He is represented by Galería Patricia Ready, (Santiago, Chile), Asya Geisberg Gallery, (New York), Klowden Mann Gallery, (Culver City), and Upfor, (Portland, OR).

“I make images that feel at the same time familiar yet distant. I engage the viewer in questions concerning the ways in which the formation and experience of each work is situated—how they exist in and out of place.” – Rodrigo Valenzuela