The nonprofit Provincetown Public Art Foundation in Provincetown, MA recently awarded three public art commissions. Among the artists selected for a commission is Esteban del Valle '02.
Del Valle has twice been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center and is represented by Albert Merola Gallery. He’s painted murals around the world — 32 solo ones are listed on his CV — including in and around his current home, Brooklyn, N.Y., throughout the United States, and in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Berlin.
“I grew up in Humboldt Park, which is primarily a Puerto Rican and African-American community in Chicago,” says del Valle. “The major exposure to art there was murals dealing with local history of the people and celebrating Puerto Rican history. But it also dealt with anti-gang violence and pro-education — all very message heavy. And graffiti. I have a clear memory of being in sixth grade in my mother’s car in the Ukrainian Village and there was an incredible mural. I was so amazed. I said, ‘I want to do that.’ I started drawing at an early age, but once I took on an artist’s identity, it was through graffiti art.” Learn more.
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