Manolo Valdes

Manolo  Valdes

Manolo Valdes is a Spanish leading painter born in 1942 in Valencia (Spain). He created with two other artists a new artistic movement, close to the pop movement. In this language, he learnt to combine the social and political engagement with irony and humor.

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Manolo  Valdes Dama con Abanico II

Dama con Abanico II
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Manolo  Valdes Dama con Abanico II
Dama con Abanico II
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Manolo  Valdes Beatrice II
Beatrice II
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Manolo  Valdes Beatrice II
Beatrice II
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Manolo  Valdes Chiara
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Manolo  Valdes Chiara I
Manolo  Valdes Dama con Abanico II
Dama con Abanico II
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Manolo  Valdes

Manolo Valdes

Manolo Valdes Biography

Manolo Valdés is one of few artists today who has successfully mastered the disciplines of drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. In each medium he shows himself to be technically skilled, highly original and unceasingly provocative. Born in Valencia, Spain in 1942, he began his training as a painter at the age of 15 when he entered the Fine Arts Academy of San Carlos, Valencia.

In 1964 Valdés, Rafael Solbes and Joan Toledo collaborated to form Equipo Crónica, an artistic team that utilized Pop Art to question the Spanish dictatorship of Francisco Franco and the history of art itself. After the group dissolved in 1981, Valdés reinvented himself.

With the death of fellow founding member Rafael Solbes in 1981, Valdes has reinvented himself as a soloist and has emerged as one of the foremost living Spanish artists. His newly refined, expressive style is often centered on art-historical motifs, but without the political overtones and slick painting style that had characterized Equipo Cronica's work. By quoting figures from well-known works of art, he revitalizes these familiar images by taking them out of their original context. In both paintings and sculptures, he inflates the figure's size, abstracting form and minimizing detail, while incorporating a lot of roughly applied paint and unusual materials.

He draws heavily upon Spanish artistic heritage, particularly the work of Velázquez and the informalismo 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. Today Valdés lives and works in New York and Madrid.

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Manolo Valdes, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY, Winter, 2008 (solo)

Manolo Valdés: Las Meninas, St. Petersburg, Russia, Spring 2008  (solo)

Manolo Valdés in Beijing, Beijing, China, Fall 2008  (solo)


Manolo Valdes, Galerie Maeght, Paris, France, (solo)


Arte en la Calle, Manolo Valdés: Escultura Monumental, travelling to Ayuntamiento de Valladolid, Cordoba, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Sevilla, Bilbao and Barcelona, Spain (solo)


Akili Museum of Art, Yakarta, Indonesia.

La palabra imaginada, Museo Esteban Vicente, Segovia, Spain

Salon de L’Estampe, Galerie Maeght, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Art Cologne, Beck & Eggeling, Dusseldorf, Germany

Summer Exhibition, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY

Manolo Valdés. Oeuvre sur papier. Galerie Maeght, Paris, France (solo)


ARCO 2006, Madrid, Spain, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY

TEFAF Maastricht, International Art Fair, Marlborough Fine Art Beck and Eggeling, Holland

Art Cologne, Beck & Eggeling, Düsseldorf, Germany, Marlborough Gallery, New York

Picasso to Plensa: A Century of Art from Spain, Albuquerque Museum, New Mexico

Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France (solo)

Manolo Valdés: Bilder-Bronze-Arbeiten Auf Papier, Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)


Manolo Valdés. Obra Gráfica, Galería Estiarte, Madrid, Spain

Valdés, Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, Holland

Manolo Valdés: Selected Prints, Marlborough Graphics, New York, NY


Esculturas de gran formato, Marlborough Madrid, Madrid, Spain

New Engravings, Galería Tiempos Modernos, Madrid, Spain

Manolo Valdés Damas: Bronzes, Paintings and Drawings, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, Germany

Manolo Valdés: Peintures et Sculptures, Marlborough Monte Carlo, Monaco


Manolo Valdés, Obra Gráfica. Galería Estiarte, Madrid, Spain

Manolo Valdés, Sonia Zannettacci Galerie, Geneva, Switzerland

Manolo Valdés in America, Butler Institute of American Art, Trumbull Branch, Howland, OH

Manolo Valdés, Galleri Kaj Forsbloom, Helsinki, Finland


Museo Nacional de Demasco, Syria

La Dama at Park Avenue and 57th, the Park Avenue Malls, NY organized by Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA

Manolo Valdés. Obra Gráfica, 1981-2002, Cultural Center Casa de Vacas (Retiro Park), Madrid, Spain

Manolo Valdés. Dibujos, Fundación BBK, Bilbao, Spain

Museo Gustavo de Maetzu, Estella, Spain

Museo Nicanor Piñolé, Gijón, Spain

Stiftung Schleswig – Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf, Germany

Manolo Valdés. Obra Gráfica, The Jordan National Gallery, Amman, Jordan

Instituto Cervantes, Beirut, Lebanon

Museo Nacional, Damascus, Syria

Instituto Cervantes, Tangier, Morocco

Sculptures, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY

Obra Reciente, Marlborough Madrid, Madrid, Spain (until 2003)

Manolo Valdés, Painting and Sculpture, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain

Manolo Valdés, Obra Gráfica, Centro Portugués de Serigrafía, Lisbon, Portugal

Manolo Valdés, Kurt Art Gallery, San Sebastián, Spain

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