Catching up with Luis Del Valle
“We can protest without going to a march or destroying things,” he says. “We can fight with our talent, I think a lot of times, we can reach a broader audience and engage people in a wider dialogue by creating a work of art.” Interview with Luis Peralta Del Valle, Hol Cultura
I’m very grateful for being honored with a Lit in DC Award in the Arts. I used to do what I do today illegally, in the streets of DC, and everywhere I traveled to, including Nicaragua. All was done in middle of the night and early morning. I didn’t care if people knew who I was, I just wanted to leave my mark. The public couldn’t put a face to my art, but the underground always showed me love. Well almost always. Big THANK YOU to Ronald Moten for the Recognition. #artist #peace #resident #artist Project Create #hispanic #latino #mariachi DMV League of Artists #Artists #artist #acrylic #Create #dove #peace #doveofpeace #peace #Artists #dmvleagueart #figurative #mural #graffiti #anacostia #acrylic #LuisDelValle #acrylic #poetrycommunity #Anacostia #Earthday #acrylic #luisdelvalle #resident #figurativee
THE ART OF UNEMPLOYMENT
This video is the sound track for the film, Love how Jay Sun was able to incorporate my my art in film and video. Definitely reaching the visitors in so many levels.
Valley Place Arts collaborative project.
Funded by Arch Development
Award winning artist, Luis Peralta Del Valle was born in Nicaragua in 1980 and migrated to the U.S. in 1985. At the age of 13 he started painting graffiti murals in the District, Maryland and Virginia. A few years later at Bell Multicultural High School he began his formal artistic education, continuing his studies at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
In 2013 Luis was selected as the winner of the East of the River Distinguished Artist Award. That year he was also a finalist for the District of Columbia 28th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. These accomplishments preceded the presentation of the National Museum of Catholic Art and Library National Artist Award by Prince Lorenzo Maria De Medici in 2014, and his selection as the artist commissioned for the 2015 Beijing / District of Columbia Sister Cities Project. The latter project resulted in a panda statue painted by Del Valle that was given to the Mayor of Beijing as a state gift from Mayor Muriel Bowser. Del Valle is also the recipient of the 2015 National Museum of Catholic Art and Library Portrait Award. In 2017 Luis was honored with the NCIS Director’s Coin by NCIS director, Andrew L. Traver.
Luis received his first commission from the fitness franchise Body by Jake after his 16th birthday. Since then he has been commissioned by other businesses, foundations, public institutions, museums and private collectors to create murals, portraits, sculptures, and paintings of various themes. Luis has exhibited his works at various museums and institutions including; NCIS headquarters, V.A., The Embassy of Italy, The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, The Historical Society of Washington DC, The Vatican Embassy, and the Frederick DouglassIsaac Myers Museum in Baltimore, MD.