The University of Texas-Pan American Clark Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a new art exhibition entitled "Meso-Morphine: Sueños de la Muerte," Oct. 31-Nov. 16, at the gallery in the Fine Arts Building.
Valderas received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UTPA, and returns to his alma mater to exhibit his fascinating work and talent during the University's 75th Anniversary Celebration. A reception with Valderas is scheduled for Oct. 31 from 7-9 p.m. in the Clark Gallery. He will also discuss his work with the public at 7 p.m.
The theme of his show revolves around the conflict between the real world (conscious thought) and the unreal world (unconscious thought). These are themes that are universal and timeless.
His work is brightly colored, filled with images from his imagination as well as from his continuing study of Meso-American relics and masks. His work exhibits a high level of affinity for and sympathy with the mythological icons of his ancestors. He bridges the cultures found on the border, the north and the south, the mixture of culture that is so individual to this part of the world.
"Crossing this bridge between ancient and modern worlds has led me to an epic journey of mind, body and spirit that I venerate and reveal in my work," he said.
Valderas was born in 1966 and lived most of his life in McAllen, but his roots in this region go back to 1914 when his father and his family escaped from one of the many revolutions in Mexico to the U.S. side of the border.
He said his father taught him "how to adapt, a necessary trait for bicultural survival," while his mother taught him to paint clay figurines for her ceramic/flower shop - which she sold to local department stores.
Admission to all exhibitions is free. The galleries are open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except on University holidays. For information or special accommodations call, Gallery Director Dindy Reich at 956/381-2655.