Artists: Alberto Valenzuela
Born in Xalapa, Veracruz in 1957.
Studies biology in Xalapa. Finishing his career as a biologist in 1986, he distances his himself from his profession and begins work in theater with the Papalote group in his hometown for a few years. Leaving Xalapa, he moves to Mexico City where he takes painting classes with Zalathiel Vargas and, at the same time, works as an investigator for the country's National Parks. Among others, he dedicates himself to the art of stained glass in Querétaro between 1992 and 1995. He finally arrives in Oaxaca in 1996 and begins work as "coordinator" for Francisco Toledo's paper workshop in San Agustín Etla. In order to find fibers that could serve as ingredients for paper, he investigates the plants of the region. This work permits him to reconcile his artistic love with his original profession as a biologist. He walks through Oaxaca’s forests meditating, philosophizing and encounters the marvels of nature. He is always surprised at the large variety of plants- every day revealing a new secret. Inspired by the geometrical forms of Oaxaca's flora, he reproduces its structures in models made of paper. Leaving his work in Toledo's workshop in 2000, he cannot leave his dedication to paper. Thus he founds his own paper workshop and evolves his own techniques. He experiments with paper, discovers forms, textures and figures made of wet pulp as well as dried paper. With the organic material which plants give, he recreates basic structures of life. Folds which repeat forms of seeds. Architectural containers. Towers of paper which fall in multiple forms along the folds of the artist’s intent.