Dion Paul Valdez was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Son of an oil painter, he continues the tradition, painting the south western landscape.

He received a BFA in 2012 from the University of New Mexico with concentrations in Sculpture and Painting. The two-dimensional planes that panel, paper, and canvas provide allows him to create three-dimensional illusions utilizing integrations of shape and color. 

Influenced by the aesthetics and philosophy of the Minimalists, Dion's current body of work explores his interest in compositional organization and spacial functions. His paintings focus on the inclusion of geometric figures and forms, letting them occupy the grand stage the expansive southwestern landscape and skies provide.