Born in Mexico City in 1975, Juan Carlos del Valle is known for maintaining an artistic stance counter to the stereotypical ones that characterize the dominant art system. Having trained under the painter Demetrio Llorden (Spain 1931–Mexico 2000) from 1995 to 2000, Del Valle has cultivated a pictorial and graphic virtuosity that emphasizes realistic aesthetics and expressionist poetics, with light and material effects.

With his interest in exploring emblematic aspects of human behavior through the possibilities of realistic illusion, the painter has delved into the meanings and contradictions of certain contemporary mythologies and fascinations, including junk or processed food, fantastic beings, artificial physical beauty, and the new technologies that have had an impact on interpersonal communications.

With a preference for the genres of portraiture, still life and fantastic narrative, Juan Carlos del Valle has constructed a personal language that relies on representing and referring to artistic-visual codes as metaphors for the duality that exists between reality and the real.

Since 2004, Del Valle has participated in numerous solo and group shows at private galleries and public museums in Mexico, the United States, Europe, and Latin America. He has published a number of catalogues and books that attest to his creative development..
In 2012, on the heels of his successful public art project, Our Daily Bread—twelve pictorial interventions realized in Mexico City churches during worship between 2009 and 2010—Del Valle presented a striking series of thirty-five hand-drawn portraits of Chavela Vargas. Based on his experiences with the celebrated songstress one day in 2011, the portraits capture, as if in an existential dialogue, the different states of awareness she passed through near the end of her life.

The author of disturbing narratives that contain elements of the fantastic and the everyday, the strange and the perverse, Del Valle has developed a personal poetics linked to the portrait and the still life. In his show The Better to Eat You With—presented in Mexico City in 2012 and in Toluca, State of Mexico, in 2013—the painter demonstrates the symbolic, transgressive and seductive power of painting, with subjects from classic children’s stories and contemporary myths, elaborated on in fictions and self-portraits where myth merges with contemporary imaginary.

Because of his interest in generating experiences that expand upon painting and intersect with other disciplines, he participated in the February 2013 performance of Engelbert Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel at the Fine Arts Palace in Mexico City. The production featured a curtain designed by Del Valle.

Juan Carlos del Valle was the first Latin American artist to be invited to show his work at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas, Texas. His show Temptation, which opened in September, 2013, consisted of fifty-two small- and medium-format paintings of mass-produced snack foods, exploring the transition between the duality of human nature and the point of inflection between the sacred and the profane, which is found in temptation. Activities organized in parallel with the show included a symposium at the University of Texas at Dallas on March 23, 2014, focusing on the relationship between food, art, culture, health, and religion.

In February 2017, Del Valle was invited to project a selection of his recent work onto the stage, during the performance by the Orchestra of New Spain of Francesco Corselli's mass Ave Maris Stella at the Dallas City Performance Hall.



Mexico City, Mexico Agust 9, 1975

2000-2001 Tutorial with painter José Manuel Schmill, Mexico City
1996-2000 Workshop of painter Demetrio Llordén (Spain, 1931 - D.F. - 2000), Mexico City
1994-1996 Tutorial with painter Manuel García Jurado, Mexico City

Individual Exhibitions (selection)

Involution. Selection of Paintings Projected onto Backdrop. Misa Flamenca Ave Maris Stella (Francisco Courcelle). Dallas City Performance Hall, Texas, USA.

Me, Myself and I. Galería de Arte de la Secretaría de Economía, Mexico City, Mexico.

Temptation. Museum of Biblical Art (MBA), Dallas, Texas, USA (September 2013 - June 2014).

Better to Eat You With. Commemorative exhibition for the 20th anniversary of the Museo Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez, Toluca, Mexico State, Mexico.

The Place of the Fantastic. Selection of Paintings Projected onto Curtain. Opera Hänsel und Gretel (Engelbert Humperdinck). Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico.

Better to Eat You With. Museo Casa del Risco, Mexico City, Mexico.

Chavela Vargas and Juan Carlos del Valle. An Existential Dialog. Centro Cultural de España en México, Mexico City, Mexico.

Desire… That Obscure Object. Diego de Ybarra & Natalia Dávila Fine Art, Mexico City, Mexico.

Choco of Late. Opening exhibition at the Museo del Chocolate (MUCHO), Mexico City, Mexico.

Projections of the I. Nuevo Museo Universitario Casa de los Muñecos, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico.

Our Daily Bread. Pictorial Intervention in Liturgical Space and Time, 2009 - 2010
2010, Capilla de la Virgen de Dolores, Metepec, Mexico State, Mexico.

2010, Rectoría María Reparadora, Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción, Parroquia de San Patricio, Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Sagrado Corazón (La Votiva), Iglesia de Santiago Apóstol, Parroquia de San Judas Tadeo, Parroquia del Señor del Buen Despacho, Parroquia de San Francisco de Asís, Mexico City, Mexico.

2009, Capilla del Colegio de Vizcaínas, Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, Parroquia del Señor de la Resurrección, Parroquia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán, Mexico City, Mexico.

Waste. The Mystery of Remains. Museo Rubén Herrera, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico.

Of Visions and Fantasies. Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico. 

The Judgment of the Eyes. Museo de Arte del Centro Cultural de San Marcos, Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru.

Strokes. Faro de Oriente, Mexico City, Mexico.

Juan Carlos del Valle. Painting and Drawing. Galería Aldama Fine Art, Mexico City, Mexico.

The Raw and the Ripe. Mexico City subway, Chabacano Station, Mexico City, Mexico.

The Judgment of the Eyes. Museo de Arte Moderno del Estado de México, Toluca, Mexico.

Painting Today. Grupo financiero IXE, Torre Mayor, Mexico City, Mexico.

The Evolution of Light. Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico.

The Judgment of the Eyes. Museo Francisco Goitia, Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico / Museo de Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Tradition and Modernity. Museo Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez, Toluca, Mexico.

Essences, beyond Forms and Contents. Facultad de Estudios Superiores, Acatlán, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico State.

Counterpoint. Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Santa Fe campus, Mexico City, Mexico.

New Trends. The Labyrinth Strategy. Museo Francisco Cossío, San Luis Potosí, SLP, Mexico.

Encountering Time. Palacio de Minería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico.



Temptation-Tentación. Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores / The Mexico Institute /
Museum of Biblical Art, Mexico, 2013.

Chavela Vargas y Juan Carlos del Valle. Un diálogo existencial. Ambar Diseño, Mexico, 2012.

El Pan de Cada Día -Our Daily Bread.- (book and pamphlet), Editorial Tres Picos, Mexico, 2009.

Juan Carlos del Valle. Pintura y Dibujo. Grupo Editorial Formato, Mexico, 2008.

Juan Carlos del Valle. El Juicio de los Ojos. Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores / Centro Cultural San Marcos, Museo de Arte, Peru 2008.

El Juicio de los Ojos -The Judgment of the Eyes.- Editorial RM, Mexico, 2006.

Nuevas Tendencias. La estrategia del laberinto. Juan Carlos del Valle. Secretaría de Cultura del Estado de San Luis Potosí, Mexico, 2005.

Oscuridad Luminosa. Ediciones Nueva Guía, Mexico, 2002.