Víctor Zaldívar was born in México City. At a very early age, he showed a natural and great artistic talent. He obtained a master degree in Architecture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. As an architect, he worked privately and for the Government of Mexico, while continuing to seek additional creative outlets. In the 1970’s he became a professional photographer and his work soon appeared in numerous publications. When he realized painting was his true life calling, he attended the prestigious Academy of Fine Arts “La Esmeralda” in Mexico City.
In 1987, Zaldívar moved to New York, studying at the Art Students League with the renowned American artist David A. Leffel. He immediately became Leffel’s assistant and remained so for Leffel’s entire tenure at ASL. During these years, Zaldívar received a Merit Scholarship, awards from the Salmagundi Club, the National Arts Club, the Allied Artists of America, the Akron Society of Artists and numerous accolades from institutions in New York and New Jersey. In 2007, the International Artist Magazine awarded him third prize in the category of still lifes and florals. His teachers include, also, Sherrie McGraw, Harvey Dinnerstein, and one of the most important living masters: Odd Nerdrum.
Víctor Zaldívar’s work are in the Permanent Collections of the Museu europeu d art modern [meam] barcelona spain , the art student l eague of new york and private collections throughout North America, México and Spain.