He received a full scholarship to The Rhode Island School of Design where he earned his BFA in 2000. In 2004 at age 26, Valdez was the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay Museum in Texas. Exhibition venues include: The Los Angeles County Musuem of Art, The Snite Musuem of Art, Parsons School of Design Paris, The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, OSDE Buenos Aires, The Bell Gallery at Brown University and others.
Vincent Valdez is driven to create work that critiques both the past and the present. Many of these projects are derived from histories that are forgotten, lost, and erased. He chooses to examine and portray these topics in the context of contemporary male portraits and landscapes. These characters, sometimes fictional, sometimes real, embody the supposed gloriously heroic and invulnerable roles of western masculinity: beaten and toppled boxers, tired and forgotten soldiers, tattooed and torn homeboys, lynched and martyred bodies.