Artists Bio

Rodrigo Valenzuela
(b. in Santiago, Chile, 1982) Lives and works in Los Angeles (USA).

Valenzuela uses staged scenes and digital interventions, manipulating codes of representation to affect viewers’ perception of logic and reality. Working primarily in photography, video and installation, his imagery is rooted in the contradictory traditions of documentary and fiction, often involving narratives around immigration and the working class. Gestures of alienation and displacement are both the aesthetic and subject of much of his work.

Ronny Quevedo
(b. in Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1981) Lives and works in New York (USA).

Quevedo works in a variety of mediums including sculpture and drawing. His work posits profound interconnections between the circular movements engendered by sport and the expansive pathways forged by the artist’s personal migration story from Ecuador to the Bronx. Quevedo holds an MFA from the Yale School of Art (2013) and BFA from The Cooper Union (2003). Solo exhibitions of note include no hay medio tiempo / there is no halftime at the Queens Museum (2017); Home Field Advantage at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, Bronx, NY (2015); and Ulama, Ule, Olé at Carol Jazzar Gallery, Miami, FL (2013).

Harold Mendez
(b. in Chicago, USA, 1977) Lives and works in Los Angeles (USA).

Mendez is a first-generation American, born in Chicago to Colombian and Mexican parents. He works with installation, photography, sculpture and text to reference reconstructions of place and identity. His work addresses the relationships between transnational citizenship, memory and possibility, considering how history is not only an affirmed past, but a potential future. His recent work examines how reclaimed objects, makeshift monuments and images reveal a life parallel to conflict, demonstrating both factual evidence and where traces of fiction emerge.

Gallery Statement

Founded in 2013, Upfor presents works by artists whose examination of contemporary issues and use of materials challenges orthodoxies. We represent a tight group of artists from and in the Americas, Europe and Southeast Asia, primarily early to mid-career. We present gallery exhibitions, installations, performance, online projects and publications for represented artists as well as working with an extended group of artists with whom we engage in special projects. In addition to exhibitions and fairs curated by the gallery, we work with external curators and artist-curators for one to two exhibitions a year. Recent external guest curators include Roderick Schrock, independent curator Jordana Zeldin, writer Alicia Eler and collector John Goodwin.

Artists at Material

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Ronny Quevedo
Harold Mendez

Represented or Affiliated Artists

Morehshin Allahyari
Ben Buswell
Srijon Chowdhury
Jack Featherly
Michelle Grabner
Julie Green
Brenda Mallory
Brenna Murphy/MSHR
Ralph Pugay
Ronny Quevedo
Jordan Rathus
Heidi Schwegler
Katie Torn
Rodrigo Valenzuela


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