KIKI VALDES GETS BIG AND BOLD @ 101 EXHIBIT IN THE DESIGN DISTRICT 4/27/2013 » Art of Miami

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KIKI VALDES GETS BIG AND BOLD @ 101 EXHIBIT IN THE DESIGN DISTRICT 4/27/2013

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KIKI VALDES
THE VALDEZIACS (Solo Exhibition)
Opening Reception: Saturday April 27th 7-10pm
101 Exhibit – 101 NE 40th Street. Miami FL. 33137
Show runs till May 10th

MIAMI – April – The Michael Margulies Artist Agency is proud to present “The Valdeziacs” a solo exhibition featuring new works from painter Kiki Valdes. “The Valdeziacs” is the culmination of Valdes’ most recent works. Many of the current paintings move into a new direction for the artist. Cartoon characters provide the first entry point to Valdes’ complex explorations of layered cut canvas collages, abstractions and figurative cartoon imagery. He paints the excited, cryptic images of bubbly faces and toon masks to convey a feeling of childhood nostalgia as a visual tactic to address space and form.
Valdes sees the cartoon imagery as a way to communicate and connect with a wider audience by conjuring memories. Cartoons have seeped into our consciousness since childhood and the artist uses those recognizable images and memories as prop for questions about painting and our obsession with the familiar. The new works in “The Valdeziacs,” the title in itself is a nod to childhood nostalgia, plays with form. Valdes turns various characteristics of known cartoon figures into a complete abstraction. Certain qualities like curves, exaggerated eyes and big mouth emphasize the duality of his compositions and create a battle between the familiar graphic figuration and what is familiar in painting. Valdes creates a place where darkness and light meet. He merges both and they open a dialogue and leave space for interpretation.

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  1. Steven Style says:

    Terrific show Kiki! Congratulations and best wishes for a sell out! I recommend that anyone with an interest in fine art, whether they are a newbie just starting a collection or a serious contemporary fine art sophisticate continually adding to an established collection or anywhere in between, head over to 101 Exhibit and pick up a piece before the show’s rapidly approaching conclusion on May 10th. All who do so will be gratified and excited to be able to add a work of great substance by Kiki Valdes to their collections. I know I am!

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