(1942 - )
An Artist with his concrete ideas of social and political obligation through an art of painting and sculpture.
Manolo Valdés born in Valencia on March 8, 1942 is a Spanish artist residing in New York, working in painting, sculpture, and mixed media. He introduced to Spain a form of expression that combined political and social obligations with humor and irony. He entered the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Carlos in 1957, where he studied two years. In 1964 he established the artists' group Equipo Crónica with Joan Toledo and Rafael Solbes in which he remained until Solbes' death in 1981.
Painting and sculpture to national and various international awards are what an artist deserves.
As an artist along with the works he exhibited as a part of Equipo Crónicas, Valdés had over seventy expositions between 1965 and 1981, as many individual as collective. Valdés has received various awards for his genuine sculpture, painting art and as a social artist ,the 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; and in 1993 the Medal of the Order of Andrés Bello in Venezuela and many more.