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Miami artist. Cartoonist at heart, painter by reputation. 
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Miami Art Week: Kiki Valdes at MDPLS / Dec. 3rd

Posted 2015-11-29 12:32:23 | Views: 13,080
KIKI VALDES 
PRESENTED BY MDPLS 
PERMANENT ART COLLECTION 
MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM 
Lobby Exhibition Space & Upstairs 
Thursday, Dec. 3rd - 7pm - 10pm 
101 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130
(305) 375-2665

Great article at ThirdDream.com

Posted 2015-11-17 09:38:15 | Views: 11,440
New Article Featured on 
My friends over at Thirddream.com recently published an indepth story on my process at the studio and my new show that opens this Saturday (Nov 21st) at Miami-Dade Public Library System. Check it out!
Within the secret rooms of the Miami-Dade Public Library, abstract cartoons are warped, expressed, and re imagined in the artist residency lab for local Miami artist, Kiki Valdes. A graduate of New World School of the Arts, a YoungArts Alumni, and a Maryland Institute College of Art graduate from Baltimore, Kiki Valdes’ home is the 305. I was escorted into the grand historic library building through the maze of hallways and rode up secret elevators to find Kiki, in a black t-shirt, dark shorts, and Converse shoes, decorated with colorful paint strokes of labor. Behind him were his masterpieces, from small to large canvases, sprawled out from wall to wall. With about a week until the exhibition on (November 21) and 4 weeks of work already behind him, his pace was remarkable – Kiki Valdes produced an array of figurative abstractionist cartoonic pieces sure to wow any spectator in the library or private art collector. Here is his creative process and his perspective on Miami art. Meet Kiki Valdes, art resident of the Miami-Dade Public Library System.
Third Dream Media: You’re an animal. All the paintings look beyond anything you’ve done. Do you center your work on a certain theme?

Kiki Valdes: I’m trying to work with figurative abstraction and then just really breaking down any type of figure, or cartoon shape, and using it to create something else. My previous work was a little bit more cartoon-based; but that’s because I was just trying to understand the shapes. Now that I understand the shapes better, I’m starting to break them down and they’re just starting to become much more abstract. I feel I am going towards abstraction. My hand is kind of the same.

[I asked to advance through the plastic coverings on the floor to examine the smaller paintings neatly aligned on one side of the floor. There are 3 larger, stretched out canvases surrounding a collection of cartoonist portraits.]

So these are drawings/paintings that I put onto canvas, so I’m going to show about 20 of them. Along with these, [portraits] and then I’m also bringing a little bit of the older work, that I’m going to combine with these – so I’m probably going to end up showing 35 paintings in total.

It’s like a warped childhood. They are an interesting take on animation, color, bold lining, and high contrast. It looks like you are not afraid to create these figures. From this collection, which ones have been the most challenging?

It’s not really one in specific; it’s more about creating that new language, that’s the most challenging part. You’re creating something that is who you are – and then, there is no right or wrong way to do it. It’s kind of what direction you want to go, and trying to decide where you want to be. Obviously, there’s ways for it to be stronger, you’re just not sure how to get there.
"It’s not really one in specific; it’s more about creating that new language, that’s the most challenging part. You’re creating something that is who you are – and then, there is no right or wrong way to do it."
Read the rest of this article over at Thirddream.com 

Kiki Valdes presented by MDPLS Permanent Art Collection (Nov. 21st)

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Thanks to Oscar Fuentes (The Biscayne Poet)

Posted 2015-11-12 13:55:47 | Views: 11,173
I have to truly thank Oscar Fuentes aka The Biscayne Poet for making my new exhibit at the Miami-Dade Public Library System possible. He is truly an ambassador of the arts of the truest form. Not only does he make poetry and share it with all walks of life he collaborates with visual artists. I think you all will be pleased with the show on Saturday, Nov. 21st 3pm - 5pm.

MDPLS presents KIKI VALDES

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KIKI VALDES 

Presented by MDPLS' Permanent Art Collection
Artist talk and opening reception
Saturday, November 21, 3 ‑ 5 p.m. 
Main Library, Lobby Exhibition Space & Upstairs 
Miami-Dade Public Library System
101 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130

Filling in the White (a work in progress)

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Kiki Valdes: Presented by MDPLS' Permanent Art Collection

Posted 2015-11-02 16:36:57 | Views: 9,878

November 21, 2015 ‑ January 20, 2016
Main Library, Lobby Exhibition Space

A succession of new paintings by Kiki Valdes created on site through the library's artist pop‑up studio program. The vitality of the large works on view will highlight the painter’s proficiency with materials and surface. Valdes uses a familiar cartoon sensibility in his mark making that is honest in its wistfulness with semi‑abstractions and metaphorical settings.

Kiki Valdes was born in Miami, FL in 1981. He attended The Maryland Institute College of Art where he majored in painting. He has his work in various collections around the country and abroad. Last year Valdes had a one man show at The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park, sharing the season exhibition catalog with such artists as Edvard Munch and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov.

Artist talk and opening reception
Saturday, November 21, 3 ‑ 5 p.m.
Main Library, Lobby Exhibition Space

Drawing workshop with Kiki Valdes
Saturday, December 12, 3 ‑ 5 p.m.
Main Library, Lobby Exhibition Space
 101 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130
(305) 375-2665
KIKI VALDES
Presented by MDPLS' Permanent Art Collection
"Wall Street Firecracker" 2015

They start on the floor, then end up on the wall.

Posted 2015-10-28 12:40:22 | Views: 9,931

Limited Edition Shirt now on KikiValdes.com

Posted 2015-10-28 09:53:32 | Views: 10,412
Pre-orders for my limited edition shirt is done. But, you can now order one from my personal site. Order one today before they are all gone. (free shipping)

Shirts Now Available on KikiValdes.com 
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I Want To Show You Something

Posted 2015-10-27 08:27:27 | Views: 10,242
I WANT TO SHOW YOU SOMETHING 

New Kiki Valdes Teal on Black Tee.

Posted 2015-10-15 16:29:57 | Views: 10,912
NEW KIKI VALDES 
TEAL ON BLACK TEE. 
For Men and Women / Sale ends Oct. 21st

New KIKI VALDES shirts pre-order begins week.

Posted 2015-10-12 11:00:58 | Views: 10,131
New KIKI VALDES shirts are coming! Pre-order goes live this week. 

Recap - Kiki Valdes - Paintings in a Loft

Posted 2014-12-09 19:05:40 | Views: 11,532
KIKI VALDES - "PAINTINGS IN A LOFT" INSTALLATION + RECEPTION PHOTOS BY SEAN DECKERT. 
Following the success of his solo exhibition in New York at The National Arts Club, Kiki Valdes is pleased to present a mini overview of his extensive art portfolio at the Midtown Miami 4 building coinciding with the festive Art Basel/Miami Art Week. 

Presenting a selection of his preliminary sketches, drawings, and oil paintings, the evocative staging of Valdes’ diverse art is revisited in the context of a modern loft overlooking the vibrant streets filled with art enthusiasts. 

Seamlessly located in midtown Miami alongside various art fairs, the painter invites you to discover the versatility in the colors, mediums, and forms that have inspired and shaped his journey through art.