Valdés Manolo



1942               Born in Valencia, Spain 
                       Lives and works in New York and Madrid


Master Spanish painter, sculptor, and printmaker Manolo Valdés was one of the founding members of Equipo Cronica, the highly influencial Pop Art group of 1906's Spain. With the death of fellow founding member Rafael Solbes in 1981, Valdes has reinvented himself as a soloist and has emerged as one of the foremost living Spanish artists.

His newly refined, expressive style is often centered on art-historical motifs, but without the political overtones and slick painting style that had characterized Equipo Cronica's work. By quoting figures from well-known works of art, he revitalizes these familiar images by taking them out of their original context. In both paintings and sculptures, he inflates the figure's size, abstracting form and minimizing detail, while incorporating a lot of roughly applied paint and unusual materials.



1957-1959      Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Carlos
1964                Established the artists' group 
                         Equipo Crónica with Joan Toledo and Rafael Solbes in which he remained until Solbes' death in 1981
1965-1981      had over seventy expositions, as many individual as collective
1965                Lissone and Biella prize in Milan silver medal in the second International 
                         Prints Biennial in Tokyo an award from the Bridgestone Art Museum in 
                         Lisbon the Alfons Roig Award in Valencia the National Award for the Fine 
                         Arts in Spain a medal from the biennial International Festival of the 
                         Plastic Arts in Baghdad
1993                the Medal of the Order of Andrés Bello in Venezuela.




1965               Prize Lissone, Milan, ItalyPrize Biella, Milan, Italy
1979               Silver Medal, II International Biennial of Engraving, Tokyo, Japan
1984               Premio Nacional de Bellas Artes, SpainPremio Alfons Roig, Valencia, Spain
1985               Medalla Nacional de Pintura, Spain
1986               Medal for the Biennal, International Festival of the Plastic Arts, Baghdad, Iraq
1993               Condecoración de la Orden de Andrיs Bello en la Clase deBanda Honor, Republic of Venezuela
1997               XXXIIème Prix du Conseil National Fondation Prince Pierre of Monaco
1998               Gold Medal of Merit for Fine Arts, Spain
2000               Prize from Art Critics Association for Estampa, Madrid, SpainPrize from ARCO 
                        Art Critics Association, Madrid, Spain


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