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Manolo Valdes Art

Spanish, b. 1942

From his audacious Pop art paintings that challenged Spanish dictator Francisco Franco’s regime during the 1960s to his modern reinterpretation of works by masters such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, Valencia native Manolo Valdés has created an extraordinary range of work. He is internationally renowned as one of the most influential Spanish artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Born in 1942, Valdés studied art at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos de Valencia. As his career began to take shape, in 1964, Valdés cofounded Equipo Crónica with fellow Spanish artists Rafael Solbes and Juan Antonio Toledo. Together, the collective produced politically charged graphic Pop works, which frequently merged imagery that referenced Spain’s history and culture, in order to expressly denounce Franco’s oppressive government. Toledo left Equipo Crónica after one year, and the group disbanded after Solbes’s death in 1981.  

From 1981 onward, Valdés focused on his solo career. In his portraits, still-life prints and figurative sculptures, Valdés adopts familiar images from masterpieces by some of the world’s most recognizable artists, including Diego Velázquez, Peter Paul Rubens and Roy Lichtenstein, and recontextualizes them, minimalizing forms and the use of color, introducing collagist elements and more. Examples of Valdés’s methods can be seen in the textured lithograph print Claribel (1995) and his contemporary sculpture Butterflies (2010), which is inspired by Matisse’s Woman with a Hat (1905).

Valdés has exhibited his works around the world, including in New York City, Paris, London, Madrid, Berlin, Geneva and Mexico City. In 1999, he represented Spain at the Venice Biennale. His paintings and sculptures are also held in the collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Moderna Museet in Malmö, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 

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Artist: Manolo Valdes
FLORES 1
By Manolo Valdés
Located in New York, NY
This Manolo Valdes etching with unique color collage is the 34th edition of 50.
Category

1970s Contemporary Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Etching

Pamela III - Matisse
By Manolo Valdés
Located in SAINT-PAUL-DE-VENCE, FR
Etching, aquatint and collage on handmade paper Edition of 50 ici PA/5 Thème "Matisse" Signé en bas à droite
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Engraving

Reina Mariana II (Las Meninas), 2022, Valdés, porcelain sculptures
By Manolo Valdés
Located in Zug, CH
Manolo Valdes Reina Mariana II (Las Meninas), 2022 Limoges Porcelain 35 × 23.5 × 17.8 cm (13.8 × 9.3 × 7 in) Edition of 199 In mint condition Images of edition number are example re...
Category

2010s Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Porcelain

Reina Mariana III (Las Meninas), 2022, Valdés, porcelain sculptures
By Manolo Valdés
Located in Zug, CH
Manolo Valdes Reina Mariana III (Las Meninas), 2022 Limoges Porcelain 35 × 23.5 × 17.8 cm (13.8 × 9.3 × 7 in) Edition of 199 In mint condition Images of edition number are example r...
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2010s Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Porcelain

Reina Mariana II (Las Meninas), 2022, Valdés, porcelain sculptures
By Manolo Valdés
Located in Zug, CH
Manolo Valdes Reina Mariana II (Las Meninas), 2022 Limoges Porcelain 35 × 23.5 × 17.8 cm (13.8 × 9.3 × 7 in) Edition of 199 In mint condition Images of edition number are example re...
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2010s Manolo Valdes Art

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Porcelain

Reina Mariana III (Las Meninas), 2022, Valdés, porcelain sculptures
By Manolo Valdés
Located in Zug, CH
Manolo Valdes Reina Mariana III (Las Meninas), 2022 Limoges Porcelain 35 × 23.5 × 17.8 cm (13.8 × 9.3 × 7 in) Edition of 199 In mint condition Images of edition number are example r...
Category

2010s Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Porcelain

PERLIF V
By Manolo Valdés
Located in New York, NY
This work of art is a print on handmade paper depicting the profile of a woman with pink hair.
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Paper

Beatrice II
By Manolo Valdés
Located in Miami, FL
Edition 14/50
Category

2010s Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Paper, Etching, Lithograph

Beatrice II with Fernand Leger Unique Collage
By Manolo Valdés
Located in Miami, FL
Framed dimensions: 22.75" x 29" Edition 2/50
Category

2010s Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Paper, Etching, Lithograph

Chiara I with Gauguin Collage
By Manolo Valdés
Located in Miami, FL
Framed dimensions: 22.75" x 29" Edition 5/50
Category

2010s Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Paper, Etching, Lithograph

Chiara
By Manolo Valdés
Located in Miami, FL
Framed dimensions: 27" x 33.25" Edition 5/50
Category

2010s Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Paper, Etching

Still Life VI
By Manolo Valdés
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Fine etching and collage, hand signed and numbered by the artist. Edition size: 100
Category

20th Century Contemporary Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Etching

Still Life V
By Manolo Valdés
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Fine etching and collage, hand signed and numbered by the artist. Edition size: 100
Category

20th Century Contemporary Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Etching

Still Life I
By Manolo Valdés
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Fine etching and collage, hand signed and numbered by the artist. Edition size: 100
Category

20th Century Contemporary Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Etching

Still Life III
By Manolo Valdés
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Fine etching and collage, hand signed and numbered by the artist. Edition size: 100
Category

20th Century Contemporary Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Etching

Perfil V, Mixografia by Manolo Valdes
By Manolo Valdés
Located in Long Island City, NY
Date: 2004 Mixografia print on handmade paper, signed and numbered in pencil Edition of 25 Size: 44 x 31 in. (111.76 x 78.74 cm) Printer: Mixografia Publisher: Mixografia
Category

Early 2000s Modern Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Mixed Media, Monoprint

Claribel
By Manolo Valdés
Located in New York, NY
AP of 10 Signed and numbered in pencil Framed under plexi
Category

Late 20th Century Pop Art Manolo Valdes Art

Materials

Lithograph

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