Patssi Valdez grew up in East Los Angeles. In the 70's, as a founding member of the Chicano conceptual performance group ASCO (Spanish for nausea), Valdez challenged the traditional images of Chicano culture and racial and gender stereotypes through street theatre and photography. She sought a contemporary vision of Mexican women, which she juxtaposed against Hollywood ideals of glamour. Valdez earned a B.F.A. from Otis Parsons School of Design and began to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a painter. Her boldly colored paintings of turbulent domestic interiors stage a highly personal theatre.