Victor De La Rosa, an Oakland, CA native, works across a variety of media, including fiber and digital, engaging projects that explore Latino identity. De La Rosa works with a vast language of textiles where he discusses the different, or even similar, interpretation viewers may have when examining certain textiles. Using computer-interfaced weaving and printing technology, jacquard looms, digital printers and laser cutters, De La Rosa generates statements about history, race and geographic boundaries that touch on contemporary issues and problems affecting the Latino population such as migration and gentrification.
De La Rosa spent many successful years as an apparel, product, and textile designer. He completed his BA at San Francisco State University and later went on to earn MFAs from the University of California at Davis and the Rhode Island School of Design, where he was a President’s Scholar and received honors including the Award of Excellence. He joined the Fine Arts faculty at San Francisco State University in 2006 after teaching on the east coast at Rhode Island School of Design, Philadelphia University and UMass-Dartmouth.
De La Rosa has been featured in various publications including Surface Design Journal and Fiberarts Magazine. His Future Flags of America series re-inteprets flags from the United States to reflect the growing Latino communities.