Artist Rosa Valado was born and raised in Spain and studied art at Escuela de Artes y Oficios, Madrid, CUNY in Queens, NY, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. She holds a BFA with academic and department honors, a minor in Art History (‘89), and has conducted extensive independent research through study and travel in the areas of art, architecture and communities.
Valado’s work has been supported by grants and fellowships – among them: The Pollock-Krasner Foundation (‘05), The George Sugarman Foundation (‘04), The Jerome Foundation (‘98), The Nancy H. Gray Foundation (‘98,’99), The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation (‘91-‘92), The Brooklyn Arts Council (‘94), The Bronx Council on the Arts MAPS (‘99), as well as numerous private foundations. She has received residencies and fellowships from The Camargo Foundation (‘05), The Abrams Art Center (‘01), Yaddo (‘91,’94), The Virginia Center for The Creative Arts (‘96,’97,’07,’09, 14), and Sculpture Space (‘92,’06).
Rosa Valado’s public art projects include Hope Street Public Art through Front Room Gallery (‘14); participation in Poles Apart Poles Together at the 51st Venice Biennale co-lateral projects (‘05); a 40’ architectural model based on her WTC Memorial submission was on view at City Hall in Utica, NY (‘06); several architectural models and installations along the Williamsburg, Brooklyn Waterfront (‘98,’99) featured on Channel 2 news and funded by the Nancy H. Gray Foundation; a borders project sponsored by KNIE/Gallerie 5020 (Salzburg), “Shell & Shell” on the banks of the Salzaach River, involving communities in Austria & Germany, received extensive coverage on Austrian T.V., newspapers, and radio. In the Bronx, sponsored by the Jerome Foundation, The Shell Sanctuary at Drew Garden by the Bronx River served for several years as part of the West Farms Community and Drew Garden educational project and received wide coverage in the Sunday section of The New York Times.
Valado also shows regularly in galleries, locally and internationally, including Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Janet Kurnotowski, NY; ACE Gallery NYC; The Sculpture Center, NY; Anthology Film Archives, NYC; Rupert Ravens Contemporary, NJ; Gallerie 5020, Salzburg; M&A Gallerie, Haag; and Herron Test-Site, Brooklyn, NY.
Rosa is founder and director of The Greenpoint Film Festival since 2011, and Woven Spaces since 1996, a not-for-profit arts organization working with communities worldwide. She has taught classes and workshops at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus, The Abrams Art Center, Henry Street Settlement, NYC, at Bronx schools through The Bronx Council on The Arts’ MAPS program, and at The Door, an alternative High School in Manhattan. Rosa has given many public talks and presentations at institutions such as Hamilton College and Syracuse University.