Manolo Valdés (Spanish)
Born 1942, Valencia, Spain
Lives and works between New York, NY, and Madrid, Spain
Manolo Valdés is a master of the disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. In each medium he shows himself to be technically skilled, highly original and unceasingly provocative. He draws heavily upon Spanish artistic heritage, particularly the work of baroque painterDiego Velázquez and also the informalismo (European abstract, gestural style) of his immediate predecessors Manolo Millares, Antonio Saura and Antoni Tàpies.
Using etching, silkscreen and collage techniques, the prints of Manolo Valdés reference these and other masters, including Rembrandt, Rubens and Matisse, creating an intellectual twist that brings significant historical works out of their original context.
The works of Manolo Valdés can be seen in numerous prestigious public and private art collections in Europe, the United States, and Mexico.
Las Meninas X
Etching with collage and hand painting on paper, 25 x 19 inches, Ed. 14 of 20. From Las Meninas I-XX, 2000. Nicely framed.