Changarrito with Jason Valdez

Feb. 1

Feb. 1 @ 12:00 pm Feb. 28 @ 12:00 pm

Cover image artwork: (Closeup) Jason Valdez, Make it Work (the Irontrap Fix #2), Airbrush on Shop Rags, 3′ x 4′, 2021

Make it Work (the Irontrap Fix), Graphite on Paper, 16″ x 20″, 2020
Defective, Oil on Panel, 20″ x 24″, 2020

About the Artist

Jason Valdez was born and raised in McAllen, TX. The son of a diesel mechanic and a classical singer, he grew up around a unique mix of both artistic and industrial influences. As a young boy, he developed an aptitude for drawing that has stayed with him throughout his life. Valdez earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2007 from the University of Texas Pan American and began his teaching career the following year. In the spring of 2017, he earned his Masters of Fine Arts from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Currently, he is working as the Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at Victoria College.

Artist Statement 

“Having grown up in a working class family, my art investigates the similarities between the vocational trades and fine arts practices along with the blue-collar work ethic. Since the trades and fine arts share a common history of guilds and the apprentice system, I work to bridge the gap between these two skill sets by combining traditional and non-traditional art materials. I utilize things such as used motor oil, grease, and the recognizable red shop rag in my art making process. I am fascinated by working class principles and I use the motor as a symbol of this spirit. I admire the fact that these men and women are out there, rain or shine, because people are depending on them to get the job done…That’s What Makes Them THAT Guy. My process is just as important as the finished product in that I am utilizing power tools and carpentry skills in creating my pieces. Just like the mechanic or the electrician, my work requires me to wrestle with tangible things and problems that might arise while working in the studio.”

Changarrito cart February 19-20

Artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as representative for the Museum during various Austin festivals). Changarreando expands the reach of the artist by presenting their gallery online, while allowing the option to sell merch over Instagram and receive 100% of the sale.

Jason Valdez will be at the Mexic-Arte Museum featuring her artwork on the Changarrito cart right outside the Museum’s entrance on February 19-20, 12 pm – 3 pm. Come out and buy his artwork and get to know his in person! 

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates on original work available for purchase and behind the scenes of the artist’s work, space, and creative process.

Changarrito Instagram Live Interview on Tuesday, March 29

Mexic-Arte Museum’s Changarrito Instagram Live event with Artist Jason Valdez on Thursday, February 24th from 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm CST taking place virtually through the Museum’s Instagram account @mexic_arte! Isabel Servantez, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator Of Exhibitions and Director Of Programs, will facilitate the virtual event with a series of questions directed at the artist including a Q&A taking place during the last 20 minutes of the event. 


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