Linda Vallejo

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Linda Vallejo
Linda Vallejo, fine artist
Born 1951
East Los Angeles
Nationality American
Education Whittier College
California State University, Long Beach
Movement Chicano Art Movement
Spouse(s) Ron Dillaway

Linda Vallejo (born 1951, East Los Angeles) is an Mexican-American artist known for painting, sculpture and ceramics, known for her work addressing her ethic identity within the context of American art and popular culture.[1][2] She also is the founder of a commercial art gallery, Galería Las Américas, an arts educator and for many years she has been involved in traditional Native American and Mexican rituals and ceremonies.[2][3]


Linda Vallejo was born in East Los Angeles.[2] Her father entered the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer and frequently moved the family. Vallejo received a BA in Fine Arts from Whittier College in 1973, studied lithography at the University of Madrid, Spain, and received a MFA from California State University, Long Beach, in 1978.[1]

Vallejo lives in Topanga, California, with her husband of thirty-three years, Ron Dillaway. She has two sons, Robert and Paul.[citation needed]

In 1973, Vallejo was one of the early art teachers at Self-Help Graphics, an arts non-profit primary serving the Latino community of Los Angeles with arts education, printmaking and support.[4]


Early works address symbolism of indigenous traditions of Mexico and the Americas through the genre of painting.[2] In many of these works, she used surrealism to create a sense of a dream-state in her paintings.[5] Many of her works were motivated by "dreams and premonitions."[5]

Later works, around 2013 take American pop icons such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Cinderella and appropriates them as Mexican with tan skin, sometimes tattoos.[6]


"The nature of my artwork revolves around my duo-experience as a woman and Chicano living the contemporary lifestyle of the twentieth century and studying the ancient indigenous traditions of Mexico and the Americas. I have worked to discover woman in her modern and ancient place as a source of strength, love and integrity."[5]


  1. ^ a b "Linda Vallejo: Make 'Em All Mexican". Museum of Art & History (MOAH). 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Guide to the Linda Vallejo Papers, Artist Statement, Essays on "Los Cielos / The Heavens"". UC Santa Barbara. The Regents of the University of California. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Linda Vallejo, A Prayer for the Earth". Museum Of The Southwest. 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "History". Self Help Graphics and Arts. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Henkes, Robert (1999). Latin American Women Artists of the United States: The Works of 33 Twentieth-Century Women. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company Inc. pp. 212–218. ISBN 0786405198. 
  6. ^ Recinos, Eva (12 February 2013). "Linda Vallejo's Art Show Makes Pop Culture Icons Look Mexican". LA Weekly. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 

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