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Vincent Valdez: The Beginning is Near

Filmmaker Ray Santisteban highlights Vincent Valdez, the San Antonio, Texas-born artist who emphasizes themes of social justice, memory and ignored or under-examined historical narratives in his work.

Artist Biography

Vincent Valdez is an American artist born in San Antonio, Texas who focuses on painting, drawing, and printmaking. His artwork often emphasizes themes of social justice, memory, and ignored or under-examined historical narratives. Vincent Valdez is most recognized for his monumental portrayal of the contemporary figure. His drawn and painted subjects remark on a universal struggle within various socio-political arenas and eras. Exhibitions and collections include Ford Foundation, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Smithsonian Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; among others. Valdez completed his B.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000. Follow him on Instagram.

Filmmaker Biography


Independent filmmaker Ray Santisteban has worked for the past twenty-six years as a documentary filmmaker. His work consistently gravitates toward political subjects and artist profiles, addressing the themes of justice, memory and political transformation. A graduate of NYU’s film and TV production program, Santisteban has explored a variety of subjects including New York Black Panther leader Dhoruba Bin Wahad – PASSIN’ IT ON, (Co-Producer) which nationally broadcast on POV in 1993, the roots of Puerto Rican poetry, NUYORICAN POETS CAFE (1994, Director, Producer, Editor), Chicano poetry, VOICES FROM TEXAS (Directed, Producer) and was Senior Producer of VISIONES: LATINO ART AND CULTURE IN THE U.S. a three hour PBS series nationally broadcast in Oct. 2004. He is currently directing/Producing THE FIRST RAINBOW COALITION, a feature documentary on a groundbreaking multi-ethic alliance in 1960’s Chicago that will be nationally broadcast on Independent Lens (2019-2020) season. Since 1998, he has been based in San Antonio, Texas. Follow him on Twitter.




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