Kiki Valdes, born in 1981, is a Cuban American artist based in Miami, FL. He studied painting, drawing, and poetry at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He spent many months painting from the masters at the Walters Museum of Art during his training at school. Currently, he is best known for combining nostalgic cartoon imagery with a historical art context. He plays with elements of Cubism, Fauvism, and abstraction with fragments of popular characters as a visual tool for the overall shapes and composition. Valdes has exhibited his work at the National Arts Club in NY, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 101 Exhibit presented by Michael Margulies Agency in Miami. Valdes recently held an artist in residence with the Miami-Dade Public Library System and several of his works are in the permanent collection.