Groundswell Artist

Esteban del Valle

  Esteban del Valle is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his BFA at Southern Illinois University, where he received a 2007 REACH Award and became a McNair Scholar, and his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009, where he received a Presidential Scholarship and the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship. Del Valle has produced murals in New York, as well as in Chicago, IL, San Antonio, TX, and Kansas City, MO. Exhibitions and publications include the 2009 New Insight exhibition at Art Chicago, Geography of Imagination curated by Phong Bui in New York City, and the East/West 2009: Emerging Artist Exchange at the CoCA in Seattle. Residencies include a 2009 Hub-Bub residency in Spartanburg, SC; and a 2010 Institute for Sustainable Living, Art, and Natural Design in Michigan. Most recently, del Valle was a 2011 participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. 

Photo of a colorful and abstract mural.


  • Project | 2015

    We Spark Change

    We Spark Change expresses the values of Brooklyn Community Foundation by creating a mural inspired by the Foundations mission to pursue a fair and just Brooklyn, and to Spark Lasting Socia...
  • Project | 2015

    Our Community Remembers

    This memorial mural was painted to honor the lives of three members of the East Elmhurst community who died in the World Trade Center attacks: Marcello Matricciano, Edward Joseph Lehman, and James ...
  • Project | 2014

    Live to Learn and Learn to Live

    Through this project, incarcerated teen artists had the unique opportunity to directly impact the jail environment which incarcerates them by transforming an industrial hallway into a blank canvas....
  • Project | 2014

    P.I.C.T.U.R.E.S Prison Industrial Complex: Tyranny Undermining Rights, Education, And Society

    Groundswells all-male Making History mural team made up of young men in Groundswells Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) some with a prior involvement with the justice system collabo...
  • Project | 2014

    Stages of Greenpoint

    Beginning in October 2013, 24 youth artists came together to celebrate Greenpoint through the arts. Over the course of the project, the youth participants got to know the Greenpoint neighborhood by...
  • Project | 2013

    Honoring Our Veterans

    In partnership with New York City Councilmember Vincent Gentile and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Groundswell created a new mural commemorating the sacrifices and commitment of our veterans for a wall located at the Fort Hamilton Athletic Field.
  • Project | 2013

    Moving Along

    Moving Along transforms an uninspiring underpass into an inviting gateway between the vibrant shopping district on Atlantic Avenue and the beautifully restored Brooklyn Bridge Park, to be saf...
  • Project | 2013

    Rebound and Rebuild

    During a one day mural painting event, Deloitte employees expressed their solidarity with Red Hook in the devastating wake of Superstorm Sandy. Lead artist Esteban Del Valle met with a committee of...
  • Project | 2013

    New Decisions and Second Chances

    New Decisions and Second Chances was created by a group of young men at East River Academy on Rikers Island. Through this project, the incarcerated youth were able to take ownership of their ...
  • Project | 2012

    The Legacy of Mother Cabrini: Story of Immigration

    In 2012, the Society of the Citizens of Pozzallo partnered with Groundswell to create a mural honoring Mother Francesca Cabrini. Working through the Catholic Church, Mother Cabrini dedicated her life to helping poor Italian immigrants
  • Project | 2012


    Power was created in partnership with Groundwork Inc. for the Sumner Community Center in Brooklyn. During the course of a special one-day painting event, twelve middle school youth and twelve adult mentors, alongside Groundswell artists, created a powerful new mural celebrating the power of education.
  • Project | 2012

    Be Amazing

    In collaboration with Goodwill Industries and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Developments Cornerstone Program, Groundswell artists designed a mural honoring volunteerism and the community for the Farragut Houses Community Center.
  • Project | 2012

    Here Goes Something (Part 1)

    "Here Goes Something celebrates the rich and vibrant history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The mural was created by 19 fourth and fifth grade students from PS 307.
  • Project | 2012

    Wings of Fitness

    Wings of Fitness was created by incarcerated youth on Rikers Island. The mural illustrates personal responsibility, for both our health and well-being.
  • Project | 2012

    Believe in East New York

    Believe in East New York was developed for a neglected but highly visible wall outside the Broadway Junction subway station in East New York to help revitalize the community through the creation of locally-inspired public artwork.