Manolo Valdés is a Spanish artist specializing in sculpture, paint, and mixed media. He was born in 1942 in Valencia, Spain and is most known for introducing to the country a style of art and expression that combined relevant political and societal obligations with a touch of humor and irony. This results in works that have a touch of wit and cleverness to them.
Influenced by the great masters such as: Velázquez, Rembrandt, Matisse, and Picasso, Valdés calls himself a consumer of both art and its history. Although trained as a painter from a young age, Valdés started experimenting with more modern fine art techniques that led to his collaboration with Rafael Solbes and Joan Toledo, who together formed Equipo Crónica, which used the style of Pop Art as a statement against Spanish dictator at the time, Francisco Franco and the history of art as a whole.
After the group disbanded, Valdés looked into his Spanish heritage for more inspiration and began working with mediums such as etching, silkscreen, printing, and collage techniques. Valdés’ works has been exhibited globally and have been featured at the Guggenheim Bilbao, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and many more. He currently lives and works in New York.