Victoria Maldonado

I am an illustrator who creates imagery based on specific themes derived from personal experience, cultural influences and current social issues. My work exhibits interest in queer visibility, female empowerment, and multicultural backgrounds. Diverse color palettes, iconic portraiture, and botanical elements are tools I use as symbolic reference in order to evoke meaning and context with the viewer.

I create content that challenges stereotypes of people of color, the queer community, and female-identifying people. My goal is to share and create spaces for these marginalized experiences in order to give voice and platform to issues often ignored, abandoned, and/or misrepresented.

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Victoria Maldonado
(562) 852-8795
toriamldnd@gmail.com

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Artist Work

"Saint Marsha" (2018)
30" x 22" silkscreen print on stonehenge paper; Trans activist Marsha P. Johnson is re-imagined as a Saint -- referenced primarily from Saint Michael the Archangel. Accompanying Johnson is all the names of the trans women killed within the last year.

"KING" (2018)
30" x 22" silkscreen print on poster board; Rapper Kendrick Lamar curated and produced the soundtrack album of motion picture, Black Panther -- this print serves to honor his contribution as well as celebrate African and African American culture.

"Pulse Tribute" (2018)
14" x 17" acrylic and ink on Bristol board; This painting serves as tribute to the victims, survivors and families involved in the Pulse nightclub shooting that took place in Orlando, Florida of June 2016. The names shown are there as a reminder to never forget their names.

"Yalitza" (2019)
20" x 16" oil on canvas; Portrait of Yalitza Aparicio, the first indigenous woman nominated for best actress at the Oscars for her role in Alfonso Cuaron in Roma

"Nourishment" (2019)
18" x 24" oil and collage on canvas; A portrait of my parents inside the kitchen of the home they lived in just before I was born. By using my mother's collection of family photos and polaroids as reference, I collaged images together to describe a time my parents were starting a life together. The kitchen represents not only of a place for cooking, but one of nourishment, sustenance, and security. My father's passing forced me to look back constantly. These photos allow me to piece together stories and relive those small moments. Seen in the foreground is my mother, glancing at how my father coyly looks back at her, sharing a tender moment together. Nourishment -- commonly found in a kitchen space, in loving relationship, and in healing through loss.

"Not Your Goddess, Not Your Doormat" (2019)
18" x 24" oil and collage on canvas; "There are two types of women: there are goddesses, and there are doormats," Picasso. Known for his abstract cubism paintings, Picasso held reductive, misogynistic views about women. My painting challenges the Madonna-whore complex women are constantly subjected to by men like Picasso. My self-portrait also rejects his assertion of women by inserting two versions of myself holding hands into the foreground of one his famous paintings. These versions symbolize how multifaceted women are -- the figures are not polar opposites nor are they identical -- they are their own person.