September 2004 -A History of Conflict-A Future of Hope; GaleriaZero, Frazier Museum, Kentucky
"A History of Conflict-A Future of Hope"
at the Fraizer Museum, Kentucky
Exhibition Dates: September 1st - October 7th, 2004
"A History of Conflict-A Future of Hope" is a collaboration project between Museum Frazier and GALERIAZERO. It is an international exhibition of contemporary art. The museum expects about 5000 visitors for this event and will take care of wide publicity in press and TV.
LINDA VALLEJO will exhibit three oil on canvas works including
Contemplating Truth, 2003; Death Valley, 2003; and Thunder, Lightning and Rain, 2004.
September/November 2004 - A Prayer For The Earth: Paintings and Installation; Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California
Cornegie Art Museum
"A Prayer for the Earth"
Painting & Installation by Linda Vallejo
Exhibit Date: September 11 - November 21, 2004
Linda Vallejo, born in Los Angeles in 1951. Her mother was born in Concord, California, and her father, Adam Vallejo, was born in San Angelo, Texas, and graduated from UCLA in 1951. Her father entered the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer and the family moved to Germany. Ms. Vallejo has a brother, Tomas and a sister, Roseann. On returning to the USA, the family lived in several states. Linda attended elementary school in East Los Angeles and Sacramento, middle and high school in Montgomery, Alabama, in the early 1960’s, and completed high school in Madrid, Spain, in 1969. Linda received her BA in Fine Arts from Whittler College in 1973, completed undergraduate studies in lithography from the University of Madrid, Spain, and received a Master of Fine Arts from Cal State University, Long Beach, in 1978. Ms. Vallejo lives in Topanga Canyon, California, with her husband of thirty-one years, Ron Dillaway. Her son Robert attends Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC, and her son Paul is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz.
Regional, National and International Arts Community
Selected art exhibitions include the Natural History Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica, California, Carnegie Art Museum, Frazier Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, Tropico Nopal Art Space, Los Angeles, Santa Monica Museum, Social Public and Art Resource Center (SPARC), Armand Hammer Museum, Laguna Art Museum, Art Museum of South Texas, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, The Bronx Museum, Museum of Modern Art New York, San Antonio Museum, Mexico City Modem Art Museum, and Galeria Las Americas. Ms. Vallejo is also a practicing professional grantwriting instructor and consultant with over 25 years of experience with national clients.
Major Publications and Media include Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art, Bi-Lingual Press, Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University, Los Angeles Times Artist Review, October 2000, Art Business News, Southwest Art, Saludos Hispanos, Hispanic Business Magazine, "Strong Hearts, Inspired Minds," Rowanbeny Books, Los Angeles Times, and Latin Style Magazine.
Guest Lectureships and Teaching Positions includeLos Angeles County Museum of Art (1992-1993-1994), LA; Museum of Contemporary Art (1991-1992-1993), Fresno Metropolitan Art Museum; Cal State University Long Beach Art Department; University of California, Irvine, Art Department, and Santa Monica City College.
Awards include United Who's Who of American Executives, 2006; UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Artist Award, 1999; Quien es Quien in U.S. Commerce, National Award, 1994; National Association Chicano Studies, Distinguished Recognition, 1993; and Latinas Making History Award, Comision Feminil de Los Angeles, 1991.
Chicano Indigenous Spiritual Community
In the late 1970s and early 1980s she studied Maya and Azteca dance with Las Flores de Aztlan Troupe. During these formative years, Las Flores de Aztlan presented teachings and workshops throughout the State of California at cultural centers, universities, and in traditional Native American and Chicano ceremonies that included Fiesta de Maiz and Dia de Los Muertos in Los Angeles, Fiesta de Colores in Sacramento, and Chicano Park Day in San Diego.
Over the past twenty years, she has participated in and supported traditional Native American ceremony in South Dakota, California and Arizona. She served as a community volunteer for the Native American Religious Society, California Rehabilitation Center, Norco, for fifteen years between 1986-2001. For the past twelve years she has hosted the All Nations Women's Tea Circle, providing a social celebration focusing on indigenous values and traditions for women to become familiar with and participate in traditional ceremony and culture. The All Nations Women's Circle has created and donated giveaway baskets for the Annual Many Winters Elder's Gathering in San Pedro for the past ten years, and hosted a dinner celebration for the Annual Ancestor's Walk, feeding over 200 dancers, supporters and their families for the past eight years. Linda has also supported the Southern Door men and women's monthly Inipi circle, and has been dedicated to this circle for eight years.
"Linda Vallejo" by John Mendelsohn.
"Linda Vallejo" by Ann Landi.
"What makes Linda Vallejo’s art so compelling and relevant to contemporary life?" by William Moreno, 2007.
"Linda Vallejo: Environmental Art," Downtown LA Life, June 2007.
Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art. Bi-lingual Press, Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University, 2002.
"Linda Vallejo y Su Visión de los Cielos," Nuestra Gente,
"Celebrating Art, Life, and El Dia De Los Muertos with Artist Linda Vallejo,"
Latin Style, Issue 41, Oct./Nov. 2001.
"Two of a Kind," Inland Empire Calendar, Feb. 2001.
"Chicana artists speak on their work," University Times, 167, No. 14.
November 20, 2000.
"Celebrating Life Forces: Linda Vallejo," Los Angeles Times Calendar,
“Los Cielos 2000: The Work of Linda Vallejo” -
Sybil Venegas, art historian, writer, and professor of Chicano Studies, East Los Angeles College; September 2000.
"Oxnard Museum Readies First Exhibit of New Artworks," Los Angeles Times,
August 21, 2000.
" Notes from the Living Room Couch: A Collector Speaks Out” -
Armando Duron, major contemporary art collector, president of the Artes de Mexico Festival Committee in 1991 and ex-president of the Board of SPARC; 2000.
"Linda Vallejo: Los Cielos/The Heavens," Saludos Hispanos, May/June 1999.
Henkes, Robert. Latin American Women Artists of the United States. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1999.
"Arte de las Americas 1996," Latin Style. Vol. II, No. 3.
Mavor, Anne. Strong Hearts, Inspired Minds. Portland, OR: Rowanberry Books, 1996.
"Vallejo and the Art of the Americas," The Hispanic Reporter. April, 1995.
"United: All the Continent, Galerias Las Americas," ARTNews. February, 1994.
"Collecting Collectors," Los Angeles Downtown News. Volume 22, number 6.
February 8, 1993.
Rosas, Alejandro. Chicano and Latino Artists of Los Angeles. Los Angeles, CA:
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, 1990.
"Linda Vallejo," Caminos, October 1980. Vol. 1, No. 6.
"Urban Prayers: The Celestial Imagery of Linda Vallejo" -
Reina Prado, cultural activist, educator, and curator in Tucson, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
"Linda Vallejo and Los Cielos: Reaching for the Heavens" -
Susan Rinderle, journalist.
"Linda Vallejo," Artweek. Vol. 25, No. 7.
An Evening with Linda Vallejo. FOCUS ON THE MASTERS, Tuesday Talk Series. Technology Development Center, 5200 Valentine Dr., Ventura, April 7, 2009
Women Artists on Immigration: Crossing Borders, Confronting Barriers, Bridging Identities. Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles. February 20-March 7, 2009
(re)cycle at L2kontemporary. January 3-31, 2009
Ancient Ofrenda: Elements of an Altar. Arizona State University Museum of Anthropology, Oct. 27, 2008 – January 23, 2009
Guest Lecture at UCLA. October 2008
Death of the Bush Era - What Next?. Social and Public Art Resource Center
Xochiquetzalli Anthology 2010. Selection announced, October 2008
National Museum of Mexican Art presents LA VIDA SIN FIN - 22nd Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition. September 26 - December 14
THE HIVE GALLERY and bluegirl productions present BEE-ROTICA. September 6-27
Howeeduzzit Gallery presents THE CHAIR SHOW. September 14 - October 5
Ma Art Space presents VIVA LA RA-ZA. September 14 - October 5
City of Brea Art Gallery presents THE ART OF THOUGHT. August 10 - September 12
Self Help Graphics, 2008 MAESTRA ATELIER. July 2008
PATRICIA CORREIA GALLERY presents PINTORES DE AZTLAN and SABADO GIGANTE. June 28 - August 30
Spirits of LA Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
"Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye, it also includes the inner pictures of the soul."
My first memory of painting was at four years of age and it has continued as my life’s dedication. My goal as an artist has been to consolidate multiple, international influences gained from a life of study and travel throughout Europe, the United States and Mexico. My creative influences are many and varied. They include the surreal, violent, and spiritual images of Picasso, Goya, and Dali, Turner’s mysterious and glorious skies and cloud formations, Rothko’s distant horizons and soft edges, the monumental forms and brilliant coloration of the Mexican muralists Rivera and Siqueros, and the sensual power of Georgia O’Keefe’s landscapes. I have also been deeply influenced by international contemporary artists such as Kaoru Arima’s (Japan) haunting manipulated newspaper collages, Ana Mendieta’s (USA) uncanny use of nature and natural materials combined with photography, Lee Bontecou’s (USA) nature-inspired, mixed media “crystalline” sculptural forms, Harum Farocki’s (Czechoslovakia) monumental digital photographs and videos, Isa Genzken’s (Germany) complex digitally-based mixed media sculpture, and Mangelos’ (Croatia) postproduction digital paintings and sculptures. Finally, I have always had a keen interest in ancient architectural sites, history, and mythology. I have visited several sites in both Europe and Mexico, studied ancient philosophy and symbolism, and participated for the past twenty years in indigenous ceremonial rights. All of these influences have been brought together to create two environmentsentitled A Prayer for the Earth and HOPE, In the Midst of War, Death and Destruction.
During the first twenty years of my career, my painting and sculpture investigated humanity’s fundamental and metamorphic relationship with nature through the completion of over 200 “fantastic realism” landscape oil and acrylic on canvas paintings and 50 earth-based sculptures made of found tree fragment and handmade paper. As I continued to explore images to articulate the significance of our relationship to the natural world, I began looking for ways to incorporate these paintings and sculptures into a three-dimensional presentation. After much investigation and experimentation, I produced A Prayer for the Earth and HOPE, In the Midst of War, Death and Destruction.
A Prayer for the Earth was originally presented at The Carnegie Art Museum in California. This first environment combined paintings representing the beauty of nature; earth-based mixed-media sculpture focusing on a symbiotic relationship to nature; a central “mandala” of manipulated photographs with images of pollution juxtaposed with images of international indigenous cultures in the act of ceremony and prayer; all surrounded by a mixed media assemblage depicting earth, water, fire and air. A Prayer for the Earth has been successfully installed at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, and the Orange County Center of Contemporary Art in 2006 and 2007.
HOPE, In the Midst of War, Death and Destruction, an installation originally produced in 2003 in response to 9/11, is a political and spiritual statement focusing on the reconciliation of opposites: the spirituality and tranquility of nature juxtaposed to the carnage and violence of war. This original installation combined paintings inspired by Goya’s Desastres and a central “mandala” of manipulated photographs containing images of war dead (Civil War, WW I and II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Iraq, Auschwitz and Hiroshima) surrounded by an assemblage of natural forms and symbols representing HOPE.
After continued research and development, both A Prayer for the Earth and HOPE, In the Midst of War, Death and Destruction have become environments with accompanying mixed- and multi-media sculpture and collage components. This newest series of digitally based works have been designed to reveal the complexity and obscurity of postmodern life and experience, and to serve as “juxtaposing” elements within the environments. Censored, GTMK?, The Ferris Wheel, Postmodern Trash, and Earth’s Altar utilize pre-produced wood and plastics, newspaper pages, and recycled products in combination with mixed media and manipulated digital images taken from the Internet and my own paintings. The environment is installed in one or two rooms, with paintings and collages placed on walls, sculpture placed on walls and pedestals as appropriate, and the central “mandala” composed in the center of the floor space. Walls and floor may be painted in brilliant colors to unify the multiple aspects of the environment.
A Prayer for the Earth and HOPE, In the Midst of War, Death and Destruction present interlocking, juxtaposing painting, sculptural and collage elements that surround the viewer, pressing them to search for the question: “What is the value of nature in calming and resolving the confusion and losses created by the far-reaching postmodern problems of raging pollution and war?” The environment draws the viewer into a space where their attention is divided between images that portray the loss of natural resources and human life juxtaposed with images of the beauty and solace of nature and the natural world. My goal is to create a space that communicates the idea that without nature humanity, history and culture as we know it are lost, that nature is the thread that encircles and describes all of us, regardless of gender, race, age, or creed, and finally, that nature is beyond politics, religion, market, and even art!
What critics and curators say about the work:
William Moreno, Executive Director, Claremont Museum of Art, California, states, “What makes Linda Vallejo’s art so compelling and relevant to contemporary life? For one, her broad command of a variety of mediums: painting, sculpture and site-specific installations are all within her prolific oeuvre. There is nearly something for everyone. Ms. Vallejo’s interests and subject-matter spans are considerable. Themes of beauty, consumption, war, excess, world pollution, iconic references to international indigenous peoples and earth-based installations all reside in her works. Ms. Vallejo has a natural affinity and bond with the natural world and that connection is reflected in her ethereal works. Her paintings of surreal, electrified and transformed landscapes suggest a more vibrant and alluring reality. Color and energy swirl throughout the canvasses and transport you into her alternative world. Her work is not held hostage by fashion or trend – rather she is a singular voice with apparitions all her own. Such visualizations and the tactile nature of the work resonate in a contemporary and abstracted world – we crave the “here, now and hope” of a less complicated life. No commitments are implied in her work, but rather veiled assurances and alternatives. Such well-composed and thoughtful gestures seem hard to come by in our image and information-saturated lives. Ms. Vallejo’s posture is one of deep concern and commitment. One can’t ask for more than that.”
Dr. Betty Ann Brown, Art Historian and Critic, states “Linda Vallejo who participates Native American ceremonials, is keenly aware of the sanctity of the oaks. “Electric Oaks” combines beauty with expressionist intensity. Looming above a sacred circle, these paintings unite imagery with spiritual action. The saturated colors and sense of dynamically charged landscape evoke the work of Vincent Van Gogh, who once wrote, “Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.” Vallejo would agree.