THIS IS KIKI VALDES

Miami artist. Cartoonist at heart, painter by reputation. 
@kikivaldes
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KIKI VALDES: RIDING DUALISM -New solo exhibition opening at The National Arts Club

Posted 2014-10-15 11:34:42 | Views: 13,061
Valdes’ work often draws a corollary between the content and action with surroundings punctuated by arid landscapes and fragmented spaces. In his work "Bullish in the Desert", the interaction between the dark colossal animal and the brightness of the hovering ghost-like figure is offset against the brightness of the warm tones of the landscape. This painting as well as others in the series, investigates the poetics and memories of the perpetuating Western American culture, re-enacting the artist’s own experience in the wilderness of Arizona. 

Simultaneously entertaining and strikingly composed semi-abstract paintings, Kiki Valdes’ works are critical interrogations of the duality between the individual and the system, or in this case the ‘animal’. Tracing the conflicting broadcast of everyday uprising, the unleashed beast in "Angry Horse" exposes the overthrow of ongoing endorsed system, projecting the viewers in a mental state of a no-man’s land where the dignity of the animal and individual are one. Kiki Valdes approaches the lore of the American cowboy with an intimate immediacy, enabling his contemporary experience to exist within the continuum of civilizations.   

Kiki Valdes was born in Miami, Florida in 1981, and lives and works between New York, New Jersey and Miami. A Cuban American painter, 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. Kiki often refers to his paintings as studies; instead of art history’s draw toward the female or still life, Valdes explores the use of 1990’s cartoons with expressionistic tendencies. His appropriation of Disney/Nickelodeon characters is a starting point for him to redefine his understanding of the subject. The work can best be described as a marriage between abstract expressionism and cartoons.

“Kiki Valdes: Riding Dualism” will be on view at The National Arts Club - 15 Gramercy Park South, New York NY. 10003. November 3-30th 2014. A reception will be held on November 19, 2014 from 6-8pm. RSVP required: [email protected] 


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RIDING DUALISM, KIKI VALDES NEW EXHIBIT OPENS THIS NOVEMBER AT THE NATIONAL ARTS CLUB IN NYC.  
For his first one-person exhibition in New York, Kiki Valdes presents new paintings that explore the phenomenon of dominance and the translation of experience into image and form. Continuing his inquiry into the evaluation of popular culture in the context of established American settings, Riding Dualism proposes a step further whereby traditions are re-explored and roles often reversed.  

#artherradura - Kiki Valdes - Miami .

Posted 2013-12-03 23:33:01 | Views: 14,048
BARREL ART COLLECTION 
HERRADURA  2013 
       KIKI VALDES  - MIAMI  
Well it's Art Basel week and the final contest for Herradura's barrel art project is coming to a finish.  It's truly been an honor being involved in this amazing program and I really learned a lot from working on my barrel and learning from all of the artists involved.  When I think back at this whole experience I think about all of the new friendships I have developed through this and seeing the world a bit differently. 
I  also think about my family and good friends that have helped me throughout this experience wether it be showing moral support or helping me move the barrel around the backyard or playing congas to inspire me and remind me of my roots and where I came from. 

The day after I won the Miami prize I thought it would it be interesting to post the barrel up in different parts of the city of Miami in places that mean a lot to me and where I grew up.  Every part of me started here. My first art class, my first art fair to where my parents first stepped foot in this country.  It all started here.  I hope you enjoy the photos. Thank you for letting me share this experience with you -  Kiki Valdes 
Images by: Rudy Perez 

Herradura Art Program - Kiki Valdes - #artherradura

Posted 2013-11-10 16:56:12 | Views: 16,604
KIKI VALDES - HERRADURA ART BARREL 

Leveraging its long established art platform in Mexico, Tequila Herradura will be sharing their history, heritage and passion for crafting quality tequila with art aficionados nationwide through the Herradura Barrel Art Program.


For our Tequila, the oak barrel is the final stage in our creative process, the aging period where each handcrafted batch develops its individual character. For 80 professional and emerging artists, these same barrels will serve as departure point for the creation of a unique work of art.


We know how to craft great tequila—the finest in the world. We have selected great artists to make great art. We understand that to create something interesting you need freedom, so we only made one rule: the artists have to use the barrel. How they use it is entirely up to them

KIKI VALDES - ARTIST STATEMENT 
FOR BARREL PROJECT 
"Amigos de Herradura
2013 - (Oil paint on tequila barrel)
 
For me it was important to display the wonderful and original shape of the barrel. I challenged myself into making a 365 degree angle painting on the surface. By doing this, there is no front and no back to the art piece. The painting and imagery is a testament of where I am at as an artist. In the same way I did not take apart the barrel, I did not chip away at the direction of my work. 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
All photos are works in progress. The finished piece will be presented on Nov. 12th in South Beach. 

KIKI VALDES - Limited Edition Shirt - Sale ends June 18th

Posted 2013-06-12 14:40:34 | Views: 1,165,666
KIKI VALDES
LIMITED EDITION
        SHIRTS 
 Hey Friends, 
This is my first T-Shirt. I wanted to have fun and share something with all of you. The drawing on the shirt is a character that I use as a starting point for many of my recent paintings. These will be available for a very limited time so act now and get one today. Colors of shirts are Black and Royal Blue. Female fitted tees are also available. 
Thanks for the support.
Kiki Valdes

Place an order:

Saturday - The Valdeziacs

Posted 2013-04-22 11:46:50 | Views: 11,447
K I K I   V A L D E S 


Opening Reception: Saturday April 27th 7-10pm
101 Exhibit - 101 NE 40th Street. Miami FL. 33137
[email protected] - 305.972.8962 

T H E   V A L D E Z I A C S 
APR 27 - MAY 10 
Presented by: 
Michael Margulies
Artist Agency 
   


     

      



    






































    










































   
"Family Heirloom" (Oil on canvas) 2013 

Aban Sonia - Check out her jacket!

Posted 2013-04-20 21:15:32 | Views: 12,053

The Valdeziacs opening April 27th

Posted 2013-04-20 14:28:32 | Views: 11,167
Kiki Valdes is an artist who likes to hurt a canvas before making love to it. In his attention-grabbing, expressionistic paintings, Valdes explores the tension between the figurative and abstract. He traffics in the weird and whimsical, creating absurdist narratives using cartoon masks and oddly bulging faces that lure viewers into a landscape that seems strangely familiar. Typically Valdes paints his surfaces with bold, colorful backgrounds, then cuts shapes from canvas he later applies to his paintings to create layered and textured collages. He culls inspiration from pop cultural neurosis, combining childhood reveries, quantum physics, American secret societies, string theory, and loopy Disney and Nickelodeon characters to create images that both provoke delight and anxiety. Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m., the inventive talent, who is repped by the Michael Margulies Artist Agency, is opening "The Valdeziacs" at 101 Exhibit (101 NE 40th St., Miami), his new suite of works in which the funny battles constantly with the fantastical. 

By Carlos Suarez de Jesus
T H E 
V A L D E Z I A C S 
KIKI VALDES - The Rabbit Hole (Oil on canvas) 2013 
KIKI VALDES 
The Valdeziacs - Solo Exhibition 
Opening Reception: Saturday April 27th 2013 
7pm - 10pm 101 Exhibit - 101 NE 40th StreetMiami, FL 33137

Kiki Valdes - The Valdeziacs

Posted 2013-03-25 10:04:12 | Views: 11,181
Opening Reception:
Saturday April 27th 2013
7pm - 10pm

101 Exhibit
101 NE 40th Street. Miami, FL 33137
MarguliesAgency.com

K I K I   V A L D E S 
T h e  V a l d e z i a c s
Still Life (Toon) #1 - Oil on canvas (2012) 
305.972.8962
April 27 - May 10

FUTURESPECTIVE - February 14th

Posted 2013-01-26 18:35:01 | Views: 15,672

FUTURESPECTIVE

OPENING: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14th 2013   

GEORGE SANCHEZ-CALDERON,CHRISTOPHER CARTER, JOHNNY ROBLES, KIKI VALDES,

 

JEL MARTINEZ, DAVID MARSH, JEANPAUL MALLOZZI,

RUBEN URIERA AND MORE ANNOUNCED SOON.

CURATOR: KIKI VALDES

 

ARTE CITY BUILDING 

2155 Washington Ct Miami Beach, FL 33139

(Behind Bass Museum) 8:00pm - 11:00pm


 

 

Rozenblum Foundation

 

More Info: MarguliesAgency.com

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The Buried Pistol

Posted 2013-01-21 13:43:39 | Views: 14,628

It was Cuba early 1960's and the Castro regime started to confiscate guns away from it's citizens. A 40 something year old father of 4 knew they were coming for his gun...in an act of protest he buried his gun on his property. When they came to take it from him...he denied that he owned one. It is still buried to this day in a brush of grass somewhere by Placetas, Cuba. I would love to get my hands on my grandfathers gun...bring it to the USA and see these parasites try to take it from me.

Domingo at 18 (1944)

DON'T LET HISTORY

REPEAT

ITSELF