David Tamargo aka THE URBAN HUNTER is the new owner of this little crazy toon.
Last Saturday, this was the beginning of the Opening for my solo show The Valdeziacs at 101 Exhibit in Design District.
Article from Ocean Drive Magazine about “The Valdeziacs” opening April 27th at 101 Exhibit. Presented by Michael Margulies Artist Agency
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Latest interview with website Tropicult.com about my upcoming exhibit at 101 Exhibit (The Valdeziacs) opening April 27th.
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Kiki Valdes is an artist who likes to hurt a canvas before making love to it. In his attention-grabbing, expressionistic paintings, Valdes explores the tension between the figurative and abstract.He traffics in the weird and whimsical, creating absurdist narratives using cartoon masks and oddly bulging faces that lure viewers into a landscape that seems strangely familiar.
Typically Valdes paints his surfaces with bold, colorful backgrounds, then cuts shapes from canvas he later applies to his paintings to create layered and textured collages. He culls inspiration from pop cultural neurosis, combining childhood reveries, quantum physics, American secret societies, string theory, and loopy Disney and Nickelodeon characters to create images that both provoke delight and anxiety. Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m., the inventive talent, who is repped by the Michael Margulies Artist Agency, is opening “The Valdeziacs” at 101 Exhibit (101 NE 40th St., Miami), his new suite of works in which the funny battles constantly with the fantastical.
By Carlos Suarez de Jesus
I am mostly addressing and playing with form. I am using a general, non specific cartoon character…meaning it sort of looks like Goofy, Mickey Mouse or Ren and Stimpy. I try to use certain components
of those identifiable images and make them into complete abstractions, or a somewhat still-life of what those shapes can do. I use certain qualities of the curves, exaggerated eyes and big mouths to emphasize the duality of those compositions. There is a constant battle between the graphic figuration that is very familiar to us and what is familiar in painting.
Are you showing only new works or a mixture of new and previous?
All new, all of the work is from 2012 and 2013…I will have one or two small abstractions from 2010.. they relate to the current work.
I shared my new work with Joe Margulies. I spent Armory week with him and his family. I was curious what he was thinking of the work I was making….and the first thing he said was…”ohh, The Valdeziacs.”
It struck a cord with his childhood. He was clearly referencing his nostalgia he had for the “Animaniacs” and counter imposed the title with my last name. The show was a cartoon from the early 1990’s. I never watched that cartoon…but his reaction was the best way to describe the feeling he got. It took him to a place from when he was a kid…meanwhile I never painted any of those characters. He was joking all weekend calling me Kiki Valdeziac. I struggled with a title all month long and I thought his reaction to my work was the most fitting for a title.
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