Leo Valledor
Golden Gate Ways, 1971

Ultimateless, 1971

Desire, 1971

Invitation, 1970

Ghost Ring, 1968

Exit, 1970

The Blessing, 1970

No Boogie, 1969

Up Against the Wall, 1971

Pacificon, 1981

A New Slant, 1981

Aslantis, 1986

Spaced, 1976

Liberty Rock, 1980

TGIF, 1982

Ezistance, 1986

Yabstruck, 1983

b. San Francisco, CA, 1936
d. San Francisco, CA, 1989
Education
1953–55
California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Institute)
Teaching
1987
San Francisco Art Institute
1978
University of California, Berkeley,
1977
Lone Mountain College, San Francisco, California
Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
2020
East-West Series 1968–71, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Leo Valledor: Dimensional Space, David Richard Gallery, New York, NY
2019
Leo Valledor, The Bridge (To Sonny Rollins), Kadist, San Francisco, CA
2018
A New Slant, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Leo Valledor: Color As Space, White Box, New York, NY
Leo Valledor: Curved, David Richard Gallery, New York, NY
2016
Leo Valledor: Color Space, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2012
Shapin’ Up, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2011
Play It By Eye, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008
Between Sound & Space: The Paintings of Leo Valledor, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006
Leo Valledor Selected Works, Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Leo Valledor & Carlos Villa, Mendenhall Sobieski Gallery, Pasadena, CA
Mitchell Algus Gallery, Chelsea, NY
1982–83
Leo Valledor: New Paintings, Modernism, San Francisco, CA
1980
Leo Valledor: Paintings, Modernism, San Francisco, CA
1976
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
1974
M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
1973
Daniel Weinberg Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1971
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1966
Valledor, Graham Gallery, New York, NY
Robert Grosvenor Sculpture/Leo Valledor Paintings, Park Place Gallery, New York, NY
1965
Leo Valledor/Robert Smithson/Sol LeWitt, Park Place Gallery, New York, NY
1959
Blue & Black Series, Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1958
California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
1957
Jazzus Series, The 6 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1956
Compositions, The 6 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020
30th Anniversary Exhibition, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA; exhibition catalog
2019
Dilexi Gallery: The Early Years, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA; exhibition catalog
Building the Building: SOMArts 40th Anniversary Exhibition, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
2018
Way Bay 2, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley
Way Bay, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley
2017
Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
Park Place Gallery: Founders and Friends, Then and Now, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Altered Spaces: A Psychedelic Legacy, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2016
Mustard Road, The Battery SF, San Francisco, CA
The Butterfly Effect: Art in 1970s California, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
2014
David Richard Gallery "Sensation", Santa Fe, NM
2011-12
SFMOMA, 75th Anniversary show from the Permanent Collection: "Abstract Art in the U.S. 1955-65", San Francisco, CA
2008-09
Blanton Museum of Art: The Park Place Group, Austin, TX
de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, "Asian/American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents 1900-1970", San Francisco, CA
2006-10
Togonon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995
Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York, NY
1988
Bluxome Gallery, San Francisco, CA
871 Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
1987
Bluxome Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1985
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Redding Museum and Art Center, Shasta College, Redding, CA
San Francisco Art Institute
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
Sun Gallery, Hayward, CA
1984
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Public Image, New York, NY
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, CA
1982
Belca House, Kyoto, Japan
1978
Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA,
Worth Ryder Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1977
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Lone Mountain College, San Francisco, CA
1976
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1975
Six Painters, Six Attitudes, The Oakland Museum of California
1974
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1971
East-West Series, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1970
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1968
Hayden Gallery, MIT, Park Place Group, Cambridge, MA
Philips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, San Francisco Art Institute, CA
1967
Denver Art Museum, Park Place Gallery, Art, Denver, CO
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ
Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Instituto Torcuato de Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Museo del Arte, Caracas, Venezuela
Drew University, Madison, Wisconsin
New York University, NY
Bykert Gallery, NY
Heath Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1966
Larry Aldrich Museum, Highlights of the Season, Ridgefield, CT,
Jacksonville Museum of Art, FL
Lannan Foundation Museum, Palm Beach
Bykert Gallery, NY
1965
Art’65, American Express Pavilion, New York’s World’s Fair, Queens, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition, Latin America
World House Galleries, NY
Graham Gallery, Young Masters, NY
John Daniels Gallery, NY
Van Bovenkamp Gallery, NY
1964
Eleven Artists, Kaymar Gallery, NY (Included works by Sol LeWitt, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Walter Darby Bannard, Jo Baer, Larry Poons, and Robert Ryman)
Noah Goldowsky Gallery, NY
Park Place Group, NY
1961
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
1959
Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1958
Dilexi Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1955
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
1954-57
Six Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Selected Public Collections
Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, State Fair Community College, Sedalia, MO
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: “Fifty Works for Fifty States”
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Oakland Museum of California
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
US Department of State Art in Embassies Program, Washington D.C.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Selected Bibliography
Albright, Thomas. Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, University of California Press, 1985.
Aldrich, Larry. Statement for catalog "Highlights of 1965 – 66 Art Season." The Larry Aldrich Museum, July 1966.
Amy, Michael. "Leo Valledor and Mario Yrissary at Mitchell Algus." Art in America, 95 (March, 2007): 178.
Baker, Kenneth. Forakis and Valledor at Togonon, San Francisco Chronicle, October 25, 2008.
Bourdon, David,"E=Mc2 a Go-Go." Art news, January, 1966, ill.
Ballatore, Sandy. "Four Solo Exhibitions: Nancy Genn, John Okulick, Jack Scott, Leo Valledor." Los Angeles: Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, 1976.
Battcock, Gregory (editor). "Minimal Art: A Critical Anthology," E.P. Dutton, 1968
Berrigan, Ted. "Leo Valledor" (Graham Gallery show review). Art News, October, 1966: 65.
Boettger, Suzaan. "Geometric Surfaces with Illusory Depth." Art Week, 11 (August 16, 1980): p 5.
Cater, Holland. “When Artists Ran the Show: ‘Inventing Downtown,’ at N.Y.U.” The New York Times, January 12, 2017.
Chang, Gordon, Mark Dean Johnson & Paul Karlstrom. Asian American Art, A History, 1850-1970, Stanford University Press, 2008.
Chun, Kimberly. “Art that Speaks to S.F.’s Past”. SFGate.com, Wednesday, January 20, 2016.
Colpitt, Francis, "Space Explorers", February 2009, Art in America, p 61.
Cornell, Daniell & Mark Dean Johnson, Eds. Asian/American/Modern Art - Shifting Currents, 1900-1970. Exhibition Catalog, de Young Museum, Oct. 25-Jan, 2008.
Cotter, Holland "The Filipino Roots of Minimalism" The New York Times, Art in review, September 29, 2006.
Dunham, Judith L. "Leo Valledor Paintings." Art Week, 4, November 17, 1973: 3.
Frankenstein, Alfred. "Valledor’s Masterly Art/Clarity and Aloofness." San Francisco Chronicle, February 21, 1974.
_____. "The Man the Museum Overlooked" San Francisco Chronicle, August 20, 1976.
Fleming, Dean. "Interview: Leo Valledor." Ocular (Denver), 6 (Fall 1981): 28 – 38.
Fitz Gibbon, John, The Pilot Hill Collection Exhibition Catalog, curated by Scott shields, Crocker Museum, 2002.
Glueck, Grace. "ABC to Erotic" (includes review of Graham Gallery show), Art in America, 54 (Fall, 1966): 107.
Green, Bacon, Bourdon, "Art For the City, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, PA, 1967.ill.
Henderson Dalrymple, Linda, "Park Place: Its Art and History" Blanton Museum of Art "Reimagining Space: The Park Place Gallery Group in 1960s New York" Catalog essay, 2008: 17.
_____. The Fourth Dimension and Non-Euclidean Geometry in Modern Art, MIT Press, 2012.
Hopkins, Henry. "50 West Coast Artists," Chronicle Books, 1981.
Howard, Seymour, and John Natsoulas. "The Beat Generation Galleries and Beyond." Davis, CA: John Natsoulas Press, 1966.
Kim, Elaine, Margo Machida & Sharon Mizota. Fresh Talk, Daring Gazes, University of California Press: Berkeley, Los Angeles, London, 2003.
Hutchinson, Peter. "Mannerism in the Abstract." Artand Artists, Septemebr, 1966.
Humblet, Claudine. The New American Abstraction, Skira/Seuil, 2003, Third Volume, pp. 1893-1937.
Lippard, Lucy R. "Perverse Perspectives," Art International, March 1967.
Loleng, Stephanie Grace. "Provocative colors in Leo Valledor’s art" Philippine News, April 26, 2006.
Martin, Fred. "Leo Valledor in Retrospect." Art Week, 7, September 4, 1976: 18.
Morris,Barbara. "Leo Valledor:Play It By Eye at Togonon Gallery", Art Ltd, Jan/Feb. 2012
Mizota, Sharon. Selected Works: Paintings by Leo Valledor, SF Weekly, March 29, 2006.
MSG Gallery, Los Angeles and Shanghai, "Leo Valledor/Carlos Villa" essay by Paul. J. Karlstrom, Los Angeles, 2006.
Nordland, Gerald. Statement for catalogue "Neri, Vaea, Valledor," San Francisco Museum of Art (August 1971)
O’Doherty, Brian. "Art: Avant – Garde Deadpans on Move." New York Times (April 11, 1964): 22
Rachleff, Melissa. Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965. Essays by Lynn Gumpert, Billy Kluver, and Julie Martin. Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 2017.
Rinder, Lawrence. "Leo Valledor: Selected Works." Catalog Essay, Togonon Gallery Exhibition, 2006.
Roth, David M. “Leo Velledor @ Brian Gross”. Squarecylinder.com, February 22, 2016.
Shere, Charles. “Ideal Geometry”. The East Side View. February 12, 2018.
Stiles, Knut, "Leo Valledor at Modernism Gallery." Art in America, November – December, 1976.
Smithson,Robert. "Entropy and the New Monuments." ArtForum, June, 1966
Swain, Richard. "Robert Grosvenor, Leo Valledor", In the Galleries, Art News, December 1965 .
Schwendener, Martha. , "ART AND SPACE: Park Place and the Beginning of the Paula Cooper Gallery, New York Times The Archives of American Art, New York Regional Center Gallery, February 19, 2007.
Valledor, Leo. Statements for catalogue "Art 65" American Express Pavilion, New York World’s Fair, Flushing, NY, 1965.