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1st place

The Dreamer

Patssi Valdez

Patssi Valdez is a Los Angeles based artist who grew up in East Los Angeles. She received her BFA from Otis Art Institute Los Angeles and was named outstanding alumni in the 1980s. In 2005, she was awarded the Latina of excellence in the cultural arts by the congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Her work has been featured in the Alma awards and the Latin Grammies. Her awards include the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Brody Arts Fellowship in Visual Arts. Her work is included in collections by The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; The Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; The San Jose Museum of Art,CA and the El Paso Museum of Art, Texas.

Patssi is best known for her colorful paintings and early performance work with the avant-garde art group ASCO (nausea). Her present work is a personal expression of what is important to her. She states,"My paintings are snippets of environments that I consider meaningful and symbolic of my personal as well as collective Chicano experience.
Patssi Valdez presently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.



2nd Place

Homage to Dora

Zoraida Haibi

My work is a diary or narrative of the relationships that I have with family and people closest to me.  There are different components of each individual represented in the works.  Use of collage and mix media, allows me to be able to put fragments of each person’s character in my artwork. 

Each painting is cultivated through methods of collecting memoirs and stitching them together creating a quilt of memories.  Through use of vibrant colors, expressive brushstorkes, cuts in the canvases, sewing surfaces and collage, I am able to convey a medley of these visions. 

The awkwardness of some of my canvases reflects the indifference for traditional values that is characteristic in the Latin culture and break from the customary size and shape of the canvas.