Now Playing:


State of Wonder

Up Close: Victor Maldonado

Victor Maldonado’s paintings and prints are collected across the region. He’s influenced hundreds of other artists as faculty with Pacific Northwest College of Art.



David Blanchard/Oregon Public Broadcasting

As we begin this week’s show, we talk with Victor Maldonado about his upbringing in between California and Mexico, and what set him on his path into visual art. 

Also, gallerist Charles Froelick tells us what first attracted him to Victor’s work. And for more insight, we went to the artist who has been at Victor’s side for sixteen years of creative process: his wife, designer Anna Joyce.

And Victor talks about his upcoming show, fusing social practice with Instagram photography.

Born in Michoacán, Mexico, he did his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the California College of Art  and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Victor and Anna moved to Oregon in 2001. They’ve lived here ever since, with the exception of his time in Chicago pursuing his MFA.

Selected works from 2002-2014, courtesy of the artist and the Froelick Gallery.

A 2003 Oregonian review of his early work declared, “Maldonado’s paintings and prints form a visual guide to American culture well worth perusing”. In a 2008 review, critic Brian Libby referred to Maldonado’s “clean, colorful graphic style… blend[ing] the commercial polish of Pop Art with the tensions of his own Mexican American heritage”. Critic Jeff Jahn called him “one of the brightest painters in Portland”.

Don’t miss other links from this week’s show for more about Victor’s recent printmaking trip to Crow’s Shadow, what he tells his students about productivity and perseverence, and the creative community that feeds his work.


More Radio

More OPB