Esteban del Valle (’11)
Invisible Tyrants: Finding the Masters Beyond these Shackles
Part the Staging Sex, Staging Self performative lecture series
136 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 7:00pm
image: P.I.C.T.U.R.E.S. a collaborative mural project in Brownsville, Brooklyn with Groundswell youth artists
In Invisible Tyrants: Finding the Masters Beyond These Shackles, Esteban del Valle addresses the hierarchal structures embedded in the conversation of privilege vs. accessibility and how it relates to notions of “good” and “bad” art: "Growing up as a graffiti artist and having never lost my love for painting walls and illustration, I have found myself split between two different “art worlds” with two different approaches to creativity. After watching a room full of my Skowhegan peers laugh and mock several painters I found myself relating to, I was forced to ask the question, ‘Who is right in this situation?'”
Originally from Chicago, Esteban del Valle (A '11) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, where he maintains an active studio and mural practice. He completed his MFA in painting at RISD in 2009, where he received a Presidential Scholarship and the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship. Del Valle has produced murals nationally and his work has been featured on HGTV, NY1 News, News 12 Brooklyn, Huffington Post, and the New York Times and has been included in various exhibitions including Pulso: Art of the Americas at KCAD in Grand Rapids, MI, EMPIRIA at Superchief Gallery in NYC, Liars, Actors, and Believers at Cabinet in Brooklyn, NY. Del Valle has also been the recipient of several visual arts residencies and fellowships including Hub-Bub, ISLAND, the Djarssi Program, and the Fine Arts Work Center. He is currently a participant in Smack Mellon’s Artist Studio Program.