About Victoria

Victoria Delgadillo works in various forms of visual art (painting, print, digital art, film), but her main art practice is in engagement and collaboration with collectives and communities through participatory art. She believes that displaying her work in non-traditional community accessible spaces, invites the under-valued audience to participate in the art discourse.

Delgadillo is an artist and activist graduate from the University of California, San Diego, class of 1973. She was one of the first 100 Chicano students enrolled at UCSD. 

“La Victoria” Delgadillo artwork loteria set by Leslie Gutierrez Saiz

In 2003, Victoria’s written account on the curatory process for the first international exhibit on the femicides in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico was published through UCLA press.  For her work on creating public awareness through art, Victoria received awards from the Los Angeles City Council, the University of Sinaloa, Mexico and the Cultural Institute of León, Guanajuato, Mexico.

In 2009 Victoria received the University of California, San Diego’s Gracia Molina de Pick Feminisms grant. In 2011, she (and a handful of activists) were honored with Self Help Graphics & Art’s first award, for collectively saving their print studios and programming from permanent closure. 

In 2010, Delgadillo co-organized an international month of femicide art activism events in Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Fort Worth, Quebec, Mexico City, New York, Sydney, Los Angeles, and Albuquerque with a collaborator in Mexico City. These synchronized femicide exhibits brought forth many instances world-wide where the murdering of women have been ignored by their governments. In 2013, Victoria curated a print atelier with the theme of  Textiles at Self Help Graphics and Art.  

In 2019 Victoria’s select images from her ArtSlant profile page were inducted into the Library of Congress digital web archive. In 2020 she received the J. Paul Getty Trust and the California Community Foundation Covid-19 Grant for  individual artists that serve Los Angeles’ culturally diverse communities. In 2020 Professor Arlene Dávila of New York University, named Victoria Delgadillo as an artist everyone should know in her globally researched book “Latinx Art: Artists, Markets, and Politics.”

Delgadillo was a panelist-exhibitor on themes of her art at 3 feminisms conferences: 2013 Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (Women Active in Letters and Social Change) at The Ohio State University, in 2013 at The International Congress of Women In the Americas  (Axe 8 Arts) at the University of Aix Provence, France and the 2019 Gloria Anzaldúa : Translating B/borders Conference at the University of Paris VIII and The Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

Through the 2018 publication of “Regeneración, Three Generations of Revolutionary Ideology,” Delgadillo’s radical-social work in art is linked to the Chicano Movement’s crucially inspired ideology of Mexican anarchists, the Flores Magón brothers.

As a presenter and panelist, her body of work has been featured on PBS television, National Public Radio, Salon.com, and Duke University’s publication “Museum Frictions: Public Cultures/Global Transformations,” as well as numerous periodicals in the United States and Mexico.  Victoria Delgadillo has exhibited in the USA, China, Scotland, Cuba, France and Mexico.  Her work is in the permanent art collections of the Los Angeles County Museum, Laguna Beach Museum, Vincent Price Art Museum, San Diego State University archive and The National Mexican Art Museum in Chicago, as well as various important Chicano private collections.

Her written work and lectures in art activism are part of the curriculums of the Universities of California at Berkeley/Los Angeles/Riverside/San Bernardino, Cal-State Universities Northridge/Los Angeles/Long Beach and San Diego as well as the University of Guadalajara (Guadalajara, Mexico).