KIKI VALDES: The Drawing Chronicles at SWAMPSPACE

Fri 1 Dec, 2017 - Mon 1 Jan, 2018

The recent works of Kiki Valdes are a maniacal storm of ink on paper. The drawings are delicate yet aggressive compositions of comedic abstractions and figurative visions of the artist’s recurring dreams. Mr. Valdes skillfully appropriates art history themes of the ethereal muse, captivating love triangles, social angst and piercing anguish. His ability to convey depth captivates viewers with a unique and powerful sense of emotional engagement. The work leaves us satisfied with our desire for beauty, humor and social relevance.

“The world is at an eclipse of nuclear chaos and personal communication has been replaced by smartphones and dating apps. Love has lost it’s old feeling. My drawings are in search of love. The world is crazy and I just want to feel 15 again, to have butterflies and to draw comic books. I feel that’s why I’ve engulfed myself back into drawing. For me, It’s how it all started.” – Kiki Valdes

Kiki Valdes, born in 1981, is a Cuban American artist based in Miami, FL. He studied painting, drawing, and poetry at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He spent many months painting from the masters at the Walters Museum of Art during his training at school. Currently, he is best known for combining nostalgic cartoon imagery with a historical art context. He plays with elements of Cubism, Fauvism, and abstraction with fragments of popular characters as a visual tool for the overall shapes and composition. Valdes has exhibited his work at the National Arts Club in NY, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 101 Exhibit presented by Michael Margulies Agency in Miami. Valdes recently held an artist in residence with the Miami-Dade Public Library System and several of his works are in the permanent collection.

Opening Reception: Friday December 1, 2017 6-10pm
December 1, 2017 – January 1, 2018

3940 N. Miami Avenue
Miami , FL 33127

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