ABOUT ME

Victoria with “Tough and Tender” Photographer: Ellie Perez, Visit Gay Long Beach

Victoria with “Tough and Tender”
Photographer: Ellie Perez, Visit Gay Long Beach

I am an illustrator and painter currently living in Long Beach, CA. My experiences as a queer non-binary Mexican-Japanese American navigate much of the content I create. In my art practice, I primarily use portraiture to focus on current issues regarding queer visibility, female empowerment, and multicultural identity. When fabricating an image, I incorporate various methods such as painting, collage, photography, and printmaking.

My goal is to use my platform as an artist to question and challenge complex issues of identity in order to tell stories, demand a call to action, and engage in necessary conversations about the intersection of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. By educating audiences and sharing my experiences, I use my work to connect with communities and organizations that support and advocate for under-served, marginalized groups.

When I am not busy painting in the studio, documenting visual references, or researching about queer indigenous history, I’m most likely splurging on a meal I can’t afford, reading a friend’s birth chart, or dancing to sad songs.

I am currently freelancing and open for commissions.

 

ARTIST CV

INVOLVEMENT
2019 October
- LB Art Walk - Sponsored by the Arts Council of Long Beach - Featured Visual Artist at the East Village Arts Park - I showcased and sold works among other vendors/artists.
2019 June
- OUT LOUD LB - Featured artist - Annual LGBTQ Arts festival geared towards showcasing the artistic and cultural achievements of the greater LGBTQ+ community in Long Beach; the festival included a queer art group show called Queer Futures where other artists and I participated and displayed work.
2019 March-Present
– RAW Natural Born Artists – Visual Artist – Featured and sold recent works in a showcase highlighting Los Angeles based visual artists, photographers, musicians, and performers; RAW alumni artist
2018 September-Present - Arts Council of Long Beach – Member: Visual Artist – Involved with Long Beach’s Arts Council projects that focus on Long Beach based artists who specialize in visual, performing, and traditional arts.
2018 June-Present - Pow! Wow! Long Beach – Muralist Assistant – Pow! Wow! Long Beach was a week-long event that featured many artists painting murals all over Long Beach area; I assisted local and international artists with painting murals, providing supply runs, and collaborating on projects.

GROUP SHOWCASES/EXHIBITIONS
September 19, 2019 - October 12, 2019 - SUR:biennial 2019 - Generational: Local Latinx LGBTQIA Artists Co-curated with Lisa DeSmidt of Long Beach Arts Council - Group Exhibition - Long Beach City College Art Gallery
June 29, 2019 - July 7, 2019 - OUT LOUD LB Fest - Featured Visual Artist - Long Beach Art Theatre
March 20, 2019 - RAW Los Angeles Reflect – Featured Visual Artist - Exchange LA
February 2019 – Glass Showcasing – Fine Arts 3, Cal State Long Beach, University
            “Resilience”
September 2018 – Glass Showcasing – Fine Arts 3, Cal State Long Beach, University
            “Copper Bracelet”
February 2018 - Glass Showcasing – Fine Arts 4, Cal State Long Beach, University
            “KING”; “Saint Marsha”

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS
Long Beach City College Viking News - Latin Artist Portrays Life Through Paintings - Yeovanna Sandoval - Website:”http://lbccviking.com/2019/09/latin-artist-portrays-life-through-paintings

Long Beach City College - ART GALLERY RECEPTION: 5TH SUR:BIENNIAL - Website:"https://www.lbcc.edu/arts/art-gallery-reception-5th-surbiennial

SUR:Biennial - The 5th SUR:biennial 2019 - Website:"http://www.surbiennial.com/current.php

Beyond The Commons Magazine - The Pride Issue - Aug. 17, 2019 - Website:“https://issuu.com/beyondthecommons/docs/btc_summer_issue_final

OUT LOUD: A Cultural Evolution - Queer Futures Curated Art Show - Website:https://outloudlb.com/queer-futures-2019/art-show/

Random Lengths News - Random Happening OUT LOUD Festival 2019: Queer Futures Celebrates LGBTQ+ Culture - Melina Paris - June 24, 2019 -
Website:“https://www.randomlengthsnews.com/2019/06/24/random-happening-out-loud-festival-2019-queer-futures-celebrates-lgbtq-culture/

Raw Natural Born Artists - Visual Artist Profile - Website:"https://rawartists.com/victoriamaldonado

Arts Council for Long Beach - Artist Profile - Website:“https://artslb.org/artists/victoria-maldonado/

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Art: Studio Art, Emphasis in Illustration
California State University of Long Beach, California
August 2016 – June 2019

SKILLS
Techniques: Papermaking, book-binding, woodworking, jewelry-making
Machinery: Hand tools and woodworking machines
Design: Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint