Kiki Valdes: Cartoons, Cowboys, Abstractions and More
February 13 – March 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, February 12, 6 – 9 pm
Cartoons, Cowboys, Abstractions and More is a miscellaneous grouping of small paintings and studies. The juxtaposition of imagery with the painting style is a parody and a nod to the American rodeo,1990’s cartoons and Modern art. Valdes’ thick and broad oil paint handling is reminiscent of the COBRA movement and Abstract Expressionism.
Kiki Valdes, born in 1981, is an artist based in Coral Gables. 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, at 101 Exhibit presented by Michael Margulies Agency in Miami, and more.
Image: Kiki Valdes, Strawberry Roan, 2015, Oil, acrylic, mono-print on canvas, 20 × 24 in.