The Office at Guy Pieters Gallery
Opening The Office at Guy Pieters Gallery
Opening days from 13.05 until 16.05
Artist on show
Born in 1942, Manolo Valdés is a Spanish painter and sculptor. Co-founder of the influential Spanish Pop Art movement, Equipo Cronica in 1964 with Rafael Solbes and Juan Antonio Toledo under the dictatorship of the Franco regime
Manolo Valdés uses art as a channel of self-expression. He portrays the political and social obligations of the state with humor and irony. The group disbanded after the death of Solbes in 1981 and Manolo Valdés created a series of works that reflected his Spanish heritage.
Large scale paintings, sculptures and mixed media works
His large scale paintings, sculptures and mixed media works are an open dialogue in reference to the masters of Art History. In his paintings, oil is applied in thick layers and other materials such as twine, jute canvas, bitumen, and linseed oil, adhesives of all kinds and a wide range of natural pigments are incorporated.
Manolo Valdés was awarded the Alfons Roig in Valencia in 1984, National Prize of Fine Arts in Spain in 1985 and became an Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, France - one of the prestigious cultural honours in the country in 1997.
His works are exhibited in public and private collections around the world: at the Fond National d’Arts Plastiques and the Centre George Pompidou in Paris; Fundación Caja de Pensiones, Barcelona; Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia; The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1999, he was the official representative of Spain at the Venice Biennale.