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Marius Valdes

Title: Associate Professor / Studio Art
School of Visual Art and Design
Phone: 803-777-2514
Office: McMaster, 319
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
Marius Valdes


M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University
B.F.A., University of Georgia


Marius Valdes was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He received his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia and his MFA in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has shown his artwork in exhibitions in Colorado, Georgia, Los Angeles, South Carolina, and Virginia in addition to private and commercial commissions from across the United States. Valdes' commercial artwork has received awards from design publications including Print and Communication Arts, and professional organizations such as the Advertising Federation of Charleston, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Valdes currently lives in Columbia, SC where he is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of South Carolina. See more of his work at

Artist Statement

"My creative projects have evolved from a lifelong interest and relationship with visual stories and character based art and design. To me the most interesting aspect of creating art is imagination. It gives the artist the ability to create new worlds, interesting characters, and situations that can address any topic in a unique way. It is important for me to share my imagination with others."

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.