Cuban-born, Zaldívar lives and works in the United States. Zaldivar completed both his BFA and a Masters of Fine Arts at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he has also taught as an adjunct faculty and tenured as full-time faculty at Miami International University's Institute of Art and Design.
Zaldívar started a film career as a sound editor and designer with work in Academy Nominated films such as Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility;" "On the ropes" and on HBO’s America Undercover, for which he garnered an Emmy nomination.
Zaldivar was represented by Bernice Steinbaum Gallery until the original gallery closed its doors in 2013. Film and video artworks have screened at many festivals worldwide and broadcast on PBS, ABC, IFC, Showtime and WE with artwork exhibited at museums and numerous art fairs. Zaldivar is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and directing credits include "90 Miles" (PBS), "The Story of the Red Rose" (Showtime), "Palingenesis" and "Soldiers Pay" (IFC), co-directed with David O. Russell and Tricia Regan.
Zaldivar has served as a Juror for several major film festivals including the Sundance International Film Festival. Zaldivar is a Sundance Film Institute alumnus, has recently co-founded the Miami Filmmakers Collective with a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Art Challenge grant and a matching grant from the Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.
Zaldivar recently served as co-producer/cinematographer of the Virtual Reality short film “A History of Cuban Dance” (Sundance 2016; VRSE app) and associate producer of the feature documentary "Buena Vista Social Club: Adiós” as well as Director of Outreach for Good Pitch Miami, produced by Doc Society (previously known as Britdoc Foundation).
In 2017 Zaldivar started a new project called “The Sex Life of Vampires,” which included a live cabaret entitled “The Cabaret of Violenta Flores,” which was developed at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles through a peer review workshop by Rhyzomatic Arts and premiered at the Miami Light Project’s Here and Now Festival in May 2017.