Mark Valenzuela (b.1980) is a contemporary artist living and working in Adelaide, South Australia. Born in the Philippines, and having grown up in army camps across Mindanao – the second-largest island in the south – Valenzuela moved to Australia in 2011. His artistic practice has since oscillated between the two countries, informed by the geopolitics of both.

Mark Valenzuela with his work Once bitten, twice shy, 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; photo: Saul Steed.

Getting to know Mark Valenzuela

Installation, ceramics, hybridity and shapeshifters

installation view: 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres featuring Once bitten, twice shy by Mark Valenzuela, Botanic Gardens of Adelaide; photo: Saul Steed.

Once bitten, twice shy

An installation that spanned both the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Exhibition Catalogues

Flores, Patrick. Terraforming. Metro Manila: Jorge Vargas Museum, 2015. Exhibition catalogue, PDF, accessed 3 June, 2021.

Hilario, Riel. “Passage and Revelation in Mark Valenzuela's Warzone.” In Warzone, Metro Manila: Galleria Duemila, 2007. Exhibition catalogue essay, accessed 3 June, 2021.

Robb, Leigh, et al. Monster Theatres. Adelaide: Art Gallery of South Australia, 2020.

Articles

Australian Ceramics Triennale hosts Tambays in Tasmania.SBS Filipino, 4 May, 2019.

Chuaunsu, Jewel. “Global Filipino Contemporary Artists.” Art Archive, Vol. 1 (2017), 84-95. Published by The Japan Foundation: Manila.

Howden, Belinda. “Meet Your Maker: Mark Valenzuela.” The Adelaide Review, i488 (27 September, 2020).

Websites

Mark Valenzuela, artist website.

Interviews

Valenzuela, Mark. Unpublished interview by Belinda Howden. Audio, 2:30:34. Adelaide, 26 May, 2021.

Valenzuela, Mark. Unpublished interview by Belinda Howden. Recorded by Thomas Smeets. Video, 51:43. Adelaide, 12 June, 2021.

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This education resource has been developed in collaboration with ACE Open and the Art Gallery of South Australia. Written by Belinda Howden with contributions from Louise Dunn, Kylie Neagle and Dr. Lisa Slade.