THIS IS KIKI VALDES

Miami artist. Cartoonist at heart, painter by reputation. 
@kikivaldes
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Guarjiro Vision

Posted 2024-06-09 20:26:17 | Views: 453
"Guarjiro Vision" 
acrylic on canvas (2024)

Circumstantial Evidence (painting)

Posted 2024-06-06 16:56:00 | Views: 673
"Circumstantial Evidence" 
acrylic on canvas 43" x 34" (2024) 
My older brother bought me a polaroid camera for my birthday and these were the first two images taken. You can see the painting "Circumstantial Evidence" as I was working on it. 
April 2024
  THE SMOKING GUN
I've always been intrigued by film noir, old black and white detective movies and it's music. I also love German expressionism in painting and in cinema, which isn't too far off visually speaking from noir. As I always explore themes, I always come back to the past and what my parents and grandparents saw as Americana when they fled a communist country. I'm always searching for some deep feeling that defined the visual landscape of America in the 20th century. Of course, I do this in my own language in drawings and paintings. 

90 Seconds to Midnight

Posted 2024-06-05 14:48:18 | Views: 273
Here are some development shots at the studio finishing up the painting 90 Seconds to Midnight. 
 "90 Seconds to Midnight"
  acrylic on canvas (2024)

Smoking Still-Lifes?

Posted 2024-06-05 13:10:48 | Views: 557
"Moka Pot as Smoker"
 acrylic on canvas 36" x 24" (2024) 
These are the first two still-lifes I painted at the beginning of the year. I was pretty happy to be back in the studio because at the very end of 2023 I got the flu and didn't feel like painting much. These two pieces show a continuation of adding personality to coffee pots. For a reason I'm still developing I made the moka pot in the first painting and the second piece with the poka dot ceramic pot smoking cigars. Growing up all the older men around me smoked cigars, I think it just sort of stayed with me. People still smoke cigars, however back then, it was different. Growing up these guys smoked cigars like how people drink coffee everyday...it was all over the place. It was in the culture in a way that does not feel the same today. 
"Puff Puff, still-life"
 acrylic on canvas 36" x 24" (2024)

Process of Small Town Ahab (painting)

Posted 2024-06-04 18:36:00 | Views: 398
"Beware of Small Town Ahab" 
acrylic, charcoal on canvas (2024) 
This is the colored pencil drawing I did that gave me the idea to do the painting. If you know your art history try to figure out which artwork I grabbed this idea from. If you guess correctly I'll give you a gift. 
Some process photos in the studio working on "Beware of Small Town Ahab"

Pastels from 2023

Posted 2024-06-04 17:57:00 | Views: 384
Here are some oil pastel explorations from last year. I was thinking of objects (coffee pots) and adding human real life emotions to them, however that would look - I was trying to play with that idea. 

"Americana Still"

Posted 2022-06-01 07:40:00 | Views: 4,464

"Americana Still" 
acrylic on canvas 
36" x 43" (2022) 

"Mod Still-Life" (2022) - Process shots in the studio

Posted 2022-04-20 12:21:57 | Views: 4,861
"Mod Still-Life" 
31" x 38" 
acrylic on canvas
 (2022) 
    In studio process shots. 

"Flowers on 37th"

Posted 2022-04-05 19:27:06 | Views: 5,004

Studio Revelation Thoughts

Posted 2021-02-01 16:25:54 | Views: 6,150
"Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." Revelation 2:10
   #kikivaldes #studio #art #inprogress

3 Mambises

Posted 2021-01-11 20:15:15 | Views: 7,707
  3 Mambises / mixed media on watercolor paper (2020)

Mixed Media works / Kiki Valdes

Posted 2021-01-11 20:05:23 | Views: 6,831
   Holy / mixed media on watercolor paper (2020)
  Holy Spirit / mixed media on watercolor paper (2020)

Vaquero #2

Posted 2021-01-11 19:41:50 | Views: 7,390
Vaquero #2 / mixed media on watercolor paper (2021)

Speak No Evil

Posted 2021-01-11 19:37:27 | Views: 5,830
Speak No Evil / mixed media on watercolor paper (2021)

Vaquero #1

Posted 2021-01-11 19:33:17 | Views: 7,137
   Vaquero #1 / acrylic on watercolor paper (2021)