About me

Valeria Rios paintingPainting with GronkPainting with Gronk

I was born in Turin, Italy and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Scenic and Costume Design from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and with a Master of Fine Arts in Scenic Design and Painting from The University of Montana. I hold a New Mexico teaching license with an endorsement in both Visual and Performing Arts.

I am an art teacher at an Elementary Charter School and teach grades K-4. I am also a part-time faculty member at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) where I teach Introduction to Theatre. I have been a part-time faculty at University of New Mexico’s Department of Theatre and Dance, where I taught Scene Painting. I was also an instructor and teaching assistant at The University of Montana, where I taught Introduction to Design and Stagecraft. During the summer, I teach at the Albuquerque Academy, where the students not only get to paint the sets for the summer productions, but also explore and learn different painting and sculpting styles and techniques. I have taught design and painting workshops for the Annual Thespian Convention in Montana, Western Montana College, Musical Theatre Southwest Education Program with the City of Albuquerque's Center for Theatre, Wells Park and Barelas’ Community Centers, Escuela del Sol Montessori, UNM’s Continuing Education Program, Sandia Preparatory School and The Harwood Art Center.

I have worked with directors and designers from Los Angeles, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Tennessee and New York. My experience includes both designing and painting sets and props for The Montana Repertory Theatre, Montana Public Television, The University of Montana, The University of Wyoming, Springfield Ballet, Western Montana College, Southwest Repertory Theatre, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Musical Theatre Southwest, Ballet Repertory Theatre, Working Classroom, The Vortex, Opera Southwest, The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and The Santa Fe Opera. I also designed various murals around Albuquerque and at the Charles Darwin Research Station Visitor Center, in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.


Resume linkMy resume is available as a PDF file by clicking on the image to the right.


The best way of contacting me is by email. Send it to valeriariosg at yahoo.com