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Kiki Valdes at Social Media Week in Bogota

Posted 2011-09-21 14:58:59 | Views: 15,535



I am honored that the organizors of Social Media Week Bogota have invited me to their beautiful city and country to let me share my take on being an artist in this social media age and how to self publish artworks online through platforms like Ownzee. Below is what i will be discussing and i will make sure to post pictures and commentary next week. Below is insight on what I will be discussing and more about the other great speakers. Thanks! 

Self Publishing in Arts: Kiki Valdes

Friday, September 23 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá


Kiki Valdes is a contemporary artist and the founder of Ownzee, a digital magazine maker that allows artists, designers, photographers, or anyone to easily promote their work online. Kiki has found in the web the most valuable channel to showcase his work and do business. Kiki will be speaking about the importance of digital technologies and social media as an effective promotion tool.




For Social Media Week Bogotá, the Z-team has put together a really impressive line-up of speakers, both from within Colombia and international. We thought we’d take a moment to highlight some of the international speakers who will be traveling to Bogotá (most of them for the first time) to speak at Social Media Week.


Meg Dalton (@megdalts), of SeeClickFix, will participate on a panel entitled Urban Initiatives and Social Media. This panel will reflect upon how social networks have empowered the ordinary citizen. She will also lead a workshop, focused on See Click Fix and how the tool can be used.


Christian Ligorsky (@Kbzon) of Social Media Latam, will share The </R>evolution of Communications, which will show us how the rise of social network platforms have affected the way we communicate, and how the same networks can help companies have stronger relationships with their consumers.


Jonathan Richman (@jonmrich) will share Your Computer Is The Next Wonderdrug, originally presented at South by Southwest 2011, to critical acclaim.


Peter Shankman (@petershankman) will be presenting Monday’s keynote, Social Media Doesn’t Exist, explaining how social media must be integrated with traditional media to be truly successful.


Kiki Valdes (@KikiValdes) will present Self publishing in Art, showcasing how artists can use social networks as an effective tool for promotion.


Brian Wong (@brian_wong) of kiip will address the young entrepreneur in 8 Tips for the Young Entrepreneur, with a focus on what he himself learned as a young and successful entrepreneur in the social gaming space.

Some sponsors of Social Media Week:

Blogging on Ownzee...

Posted 2011-08-30 20:57:47 | Views: 14,762

People ask me all the time what's the difference between Ownzee (which I co-created) and other blogging platform sites out there. So, to not mix up the bullshit I decided to give a pretty clear example.

This is you using Ownzee.

This is you using the other blog sites.

- Kiki Valdes



Kiki Valdes with PALO! Recap

Posted 2011-08-30 16:41:27 | Views: 14,198

Kiki Valdes/Palo! at S.O.B.'s Recap:

It was a great time getting to paint to the sounds of the band PALO!. When I got word that my friends were gonna be in NYC from Miami playing at the legenary S.O.B.'s I couldn't resist and get involved somehow. I've done about 4 or 5 shows with PALO! since 2002. So, when we get together it is a great treat and a rare and special event.


PALO! overall has matured so much as a unit. I was blown away by everyone in the band and how they come together and make true music come alive. I am thankful that the painting I did that night sold within the first 20 minutes that I started painting.

Check out the video, it was actually shot with iphone footage. Not bad. Thank you to all my good friends that came out. You know who you are. I love you.


Posted 2011-08-11 09:50:15 | Views: 14,739

Live action painting with the sounds of PALO!
















204 Varick Street
New York, NY
7:30 - 11pm

For more info: Palo! vs. Kiki Valdes

Kiki Valdes - Sin Gin - Drawing 2011

Posted 2011-07-21 00:10:13 | Views: 18,359


"Sin Gin" 2011


Kiki Valdes - Some Cartoon Expressionism or something.

Posted 2011-07-01 22:38:01 | Views: 15,726


Kiki Valdes - "The Cloud" 2007

Posted 2011-06-27 21:33:34 | Views: 13,831

Kiki Valdes - "The Cloud" 2007. Oil on canvas/  I recently gave this as a gift to fellas at Primary Fight/Gallery.

Kiki Valdes - Developments

Posted 2011-05-27 01:08:23 | Views: 13,857

Current developments:

I'm painting mostly black and white portraits still. I'm doing that and bouncing over to more cartoon inspired imagery...but making sure the paint is really heavy and thick. The painting below is a  portrait titled "Indra Vanslow." 

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Kiki Valdes - "Winter Simbo" Drawing

Posted 2011-05-25 12:47:19 | Views: 15,093


"Winter Simbo" (ink and marker on paper) 2011

Work in Progress - Kiki Valdes

Posted 2011-05-11 11:08:54 | Views: 15,281


I've been chipping away at this new painting and about 10 others. I shifted from color to only using black and white oil paint. Stay tuned for more progress pictures and updates.

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Michael Vasquez: Street Life Paintings

Posted 2011-05-10 21:35:38 | Views: 19,739



Check out the work of my good friend Michael Vasquez working out of Miami, FL. I’ve followed Michael’s work for years. When I had my studio in Miami he would come by sometimes and enjoy a beer with me. He has always shown me a lot of love.


His work deals with growing up and not knowing where you belong. Thousands of boys don’t have a father figure in the U.S. and Michael was one of them. I think this is why his narrative focuses on street and gang life. It’s a way for young males to find a home and look up to someone.  

MICHAEL VASQUEZ | "The Line Up" 2009 | acrylic on canvas | 72 x 96"

MICHAEL VASQUEZ | "Zombies" 2009 | acrylic on canvas | 72 x 96"

MICHAEL VASQUEZ | "Chain Strangle" 2010 | acrylic on canvas | 60 x 84"

View more works at: Michael Vasquez