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Manolo Valdes

Manolo Valdés is a Spanish artist, born on March 8, 1942 in Valencia, Spain. He is a painter, sculptor and a printmaker, best known for his association with the artistic group known as Equipo Crónica.

Declaring himself “a consumer of art and its history,” Manolo Valdés ranges deftly across mediums, producing witty, art-historically informed drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures that explore history and contemporary culture, politics and everyday life. Approaching each medium as part of an interconnected whole. Trained as a painter, Valdés grew up imbibing the works of Spanish masters like Diego Velázquez and Pablo Picasso, later becoming influenced by Pop Art. With Rafael Solbes and Joan Toledo, he formed Equipo Crónica group (early 1960s-1981), utilizing the Pop idiom to criticize Spanish dictator Francisco Franco in scathing paintings. References to Spain abound in his work, in portraits resembling its royalty, sculptures recalling Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, or in the recurring, semi-abstracted figure of the Infanta from Velazquez’s Las Meninas (1656).

Manolo Valdés currently lives and works in New York and in Madrid.

ManoloValdés是一位西班牙艺术家,于1942年3月8日出生于西班牙瓦伦西亚。他是一位画家,雕塑家和版画家,最出名的是他与被称为EquipoCrónica的艺术团体的关系。 ManoloValdés宣称自己是“艺术及其历史的消费者”,他巧妙地跨越媒介,制作诙谐的,艺术历史知识的绘画,绘画,版画和雕塑,探索历史和当代文化,政治和日常生活。接近每个媒体作为互联整体的一部分。作为一名画家,巴尔德斯长大后吸收了西班牙大师迭戈·委拉斯开兹和巴勃罗·毕加索的作品,后来受到波普艺术的影响。随着Rafael Solbes和Joan Toledo的成立,他成立了EquipoCrónica集团(1960年代初至1981年),利用流行成语批评西班牙独裁者Francisco Franco的严厉绘画作品。参考西班牙的工作比比皆是,其作品类似于皇室成员,雕塑回忆唐吉诃德和桑乔潘扎,或者从委拉斯拉斯的拉斯梅尼纳斯(1656年)中反复出现的幻想世界。

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