About: Who We Are 

Julio Valdez


Julio Valdez is a painter, printmaker, teacher and mixed installation artist whose work has been exhibited internationally since 1984. He received a fellowship from the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in 1994 and founded Julio Valdez Studio, specializing in Non-toxic Contemporary Printmaking processes.


Valdez has presented twenty-five solo exhibitions. In addition, he received his first museum exhibition at the Omar Rayo Museum in Colombia in 1988. His work received prizes at the 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996 and 1998 national biennials at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo, as well as numerous prestigious international awards, including an Artist-in-Residence Fellowship at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City in 1997-98, the Silver Palette for Painting at the XXX International Painting Festival, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France in 1998, the Grand Prize at the XVII E. Leon Jimenez Biennal in the Dominican Republic in 2000, among others.

Ezequiel Taveras

Exhibition Director

Born in 1965, Taveras has had numerous solo shows including his latest at both, the Nation Museum of Modern Art in his native Dominican Republic, and the Museum of the Instituto de Cultura Puertoriquena, in San Juan Puerto Rico. He has exhibited internationally in Argentina, Peru, Japan, Bulgaria, Spain, Cuba, Ljublijuana, Norway, Brazil and the United States. Tavares has received numerous awards for his work, including Best Work of Art by a Forgien Artist, at the 2006 San Juan Association of Art Critics Contemporary Art Show in Puerto Rico, and Second Place in the 2nd Latin American Prinmaking Biennial, at the 2002 Printmaking Museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 


Currently, Tavares is an artist-in-residence at Hunter College in New York City.

Eliana Perez

Project Space Coordinator

Eliana Perez received her MFA at the New York Academy of Art in 2018. She got her BFA in Fine Arts/Illustration at Altos de Chavón School of Design in the Dominican Republic, and transferred with a full scholarship to finish the degree at Parsons, The New School on 2016. Perez has participated in group exhibitions in New York and the Dominican Republic. She also freelances as an illustrator and graphic designer and has done designs such as logos, branding, editorial illustrations, and advertisement for companies, websites, and even non-governmental organizations. She currently lives and works in New York.

Augusto Fanjul

Project Space Assistant

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in October 1985, Augusto Fanjul studied visual arts at the National School of Fine Arts in the Dominican Republic (2006-2010). Graphic design at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), and Fine Arts at Altos de Chavon, School of Design (2012-2014). He participated in art activities at the international book fair in Santo Domingo. ENAV Awarded him the first prize sculpture, painting and the second prize for academic excellence on 2007. He also was selected and awarded by the Qatar Embassy in Dominican Republic. Augusto Currently lives and works in New York and it is currently doing a masters degree at the New York Academy of Art in Painting.

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