John M. Valadez has been making significant artwork for over 40 years in the Southern California region. His work has come to define an iconography of Chicano experience in the city, using both the changing dynamics and reconstructing a mythical allegory that speaks to a unique vision. This has been done through numerous federal and state mural commissions throughout California, Texas, and France. Valadez had a critically-acclaimed 35 year retrospective at The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla in 2012. He was given a six week residency in Bordeaux, France in the spring of 2014 in celebration of the 50th anniversary Los Angeles/Bordeaux sister city art exchange. John was recently honored with the Vincent and Mary Price Legacy Award from the Vincent Price Art Museum in 2017.