Valdez is a Mexican-American artist who was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1977 and currently lives and works in Houston. He received a full scholarship to The Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned his BFA in 2000. He is the recipient of The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors (2016), as well as residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting (2005), The Vermont Studio Center (2011) and the Kunstlerhaus Bethania Berlin Residency (2014).
Valdez’s work is included in numerous museum collections and has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Blanton Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame; Parsons School of Design Museum, Paris; Fundación OSDE, Buenos Aires; among others. His work will also be featured in the exhibition Suffering From Realness at MASS MoCA in spring 2019.