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Marius Valdes working in his studio

Meet our Artist in Residence

Introducing Richland Library's first Artist in Residence!! 

Marius Valdes is an illustrator, designer, and artist currently based in Columbia, South Carolina. He is an Associate Professor in studio art concentrating on design and illustration. Valdes received his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia in 1998 and his MFA in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005.

Since 2007 Marius Valdes and his former company, Zoo Valdes, have been recognized with awards from international and national competitions for creative professionals. He has won industry recognition for his graphic design and illustration work from renowned design publications such as HOW, Print, Communication ArtsCreative Quarterly, STEP, and industry competitions including The AIGA's InShow and SEED Awards, and The South Carolina Advertising Federation Addy Awards in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville.

We are lucky and excited to have Marius working in our new Studios at Main. Be on the lookout for some great art programming for kids and adults! And stop by to see his colorful, whimsical creatures. His studio is already bursting at the seams with art!

Marius will also have office hours each week, so stop in, ask questions, get inspired, or just have a quick chat. 

Current Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-4:30 

An interview with Marius Valdes
Ashley W. Says: An Interview with Marius Valdes
Vimeo Says: Blobs, Dogs, Frogs, Etc., features new works by Marius Valdes featuring his usual cast of characters including animals and strange creatures in a style that he calls “Cartoo...