Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Born in Trujillo Colon, Honduras, Central America, Wilfredo Valladares Lara began his career as an artist and educator. It was because of his creative abilities and challenging perceptions as a teacher during time of conflict in his country that it was necessary to seek political asylum.
Wilfredo arrived in the early nineties to the United States, where he continued his journey as an artist by attending Montgomery College then Maryland Institute College of Art and graduating with a BFA in sculpture. He continued his studies at the University of Maryland where he received an MFA in sculpture. It was evident that his chosen path would lead him to make contributions in the academic and artistic arenas.
Since his arrival, he has been part of numerous artistic and educational events such as group shows, solo exhibits, workshops, and environment installations. In 1997, he had his first international sculpture show in Milan, Italy where he had the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse community of artists and curators. Wilfredo’s work is designed to cross boundaries and to move beyond the traditional paradigm of cross-cultural art. One of his most notable installations “Ofrenda al Dios del Maiz” explored Mayan mythology. It captivated the imagination of its viewers and transported them to a place cloaked in mystery with endless discoveries yet to be uncovered. His most recent commission project is a sculptural stainless steel form designed for the Georgia and Wayne Avenues park in Silver Spring, Maryland.