Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Marius Valdes is an artist currently based in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a Professor in studio art concentrating on design and illustration at The University of South Carolina. He has been making characters called "The Secret Species" since 2005.
Valdes received his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia and his MFA in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005.
Valdes has been recognized by design publications such as HOW, Print, Communication Arts, Creative Quarterly, STEP, and industry competitions including American Illustration, AIGA InShow, AIGA SEED Awards, and The South Carolina Advertising Federation Addy Awards.