Amanda Valdez has had solo exhibitions in New York at Denny Dimin Gallery, in Miami at Dotfiftyone, in Tokyo at Koki Arts, in Massachusetts at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, and in Seattle at Prole Drift, and had a two-person show in Dallas at Circuit 12. She's been in recent group exhibitions at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at Colorado State University, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in Northern California. Valdez works in a matrix of gestures, styles, and materials while referring to visual cultures that are both Western and non-Western. She pulls on a variety of histories, from quilting and sewing to tiling and brick-laying, to virtuoso gestural painting. Her works operate as a reflection of the body, and the histories that the body holds in its physical makeup: scars, sags, symmetries and asymmetries, and a lifetime of emotions. Valdez has received artist residencies at the New Roots Foundation in Guatemala, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Byrdcliffe, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. She's received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Hunter College, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was awarded the 2011 College Art Association MFA Professional-Development Fellowship. Valdez holds an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was born in Seattle and is currently based in New York City.