Esteban del Valle is an interdisciplinary artist born in Chicago, Illinois in 1984. He completed his MFA in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009, where he received a Presidential Scholarship and the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship. His work investigates the performance of leadership, the role of the artist as a public figure, and the effects of class and privilege on institutions in the form of paintings, murals, sculpture and video art.
She used to work at an ice-cream shop. Let each flavor that came through the store touch her tongue. Savored it and told her mom matter-of-factly that eating ice cream was part of her job. Then, the hot air of a bathroom. Arms against the wall. Arms against the floor. A drop of his sweat down her throat.
Are the clouds really moving, Tía, / if a man hangs in Pepin Park / if laws render brothers and sisters / stateless? You said: Faith, Always. / I want to have faith / the South and DR are not fingers / from the same hand, / not a father and son stitching borders / of sugar and blood / at the cost of men like Tulile / hanging in Ercilia Pepin Park.