So, for me the duality really starts with the double cultures of the Cuban/Spanish and the American/Native. Then I started thinking of cosmopolitan life and rural life. High art and low art. Conservative art and Progressive art. Abstraction versus figuration. I started thinking of Thomas Hart Benton and his relationship with Jackson Pollock. How they were both making American art at the same period…but from two very different perspectives. I thought of Picasso and bullfights and how that is a very Spanish and Mexican thing. I wanted to find a very American thing that I love…and I thought the rodeo was something very important to American history. Interview with @kikivaldes on his New York solo debut #RidingDualism now on gallerygurls.com/artists #KikiValdes #Painting #ContemporaryArt #LatinoArtist (at gallerygurls.com)
Above: The artist “Kiki Valdes” surrounded by his large scale paintings. #kikivaldes #paintings
Kiki Valdes whose upcoming solo exhibition offers a pre-Basel art fix and a reminder of the richness and diversity of Miami’s artistic offerings for those of us who are lucky enough to live in Miami year round.
Valdes’ work explores the multidimensional complexities of people, religion, American life, sex and superstition. His canvases tend to overlap on top of various unresolved paintings and capture a sense of association, rhythm and conflict.
Presented by MDPLS’ Permanent Art Collection Artist talk and opening reception
Today Saturday, November 21, 3 ‑ 5 p.m.
Lobby Exhibition Space & Upstairs. Main Library: 101 W Flagler St Miami, Florida 33130 #miami #exhibition #contemporaryart #abstract #library #miamidadecounty #mdpls #education #artist #art (at Miami-Dade Public Library System)
13MV Indiegogo Campaign Featured Artists Kiki Vades invited to paint for Herradura’s Art Project
“The barrel and the art are united as one without compromising each other. There is a long history of how the tequila is made, there is a history to my life and how I make my work. This is truly what my art barrel is about. I wanted to show enjoyment and togetherness with the abstract figures and colors, just as Herradura and I are coming together with support and friendship. ” Artist Statement by Kiki Valdes. His work is being displayed tomorrow in a private event at the Loews Hotel. Read more.
You can purchase a work by this ever-rising artist Kiki Valdes exclusively on our Indiegogo Campaign igg.me/at/13mv or www.13.co and hit the red button.