The purpose of art has long been to depict humankind and its environment, oscillating between pure depiction and the evocation of a presence. According to Manolo Valdés, his aim is to exalt the beauty and elegance of materials.
The most prominent contemporary Spanish artist of his generation – he just celebrated his 80th birthday – Valdés is an accomplished painter and sculptor who started his career as a founding member of the eminent Spanish Pop Art collective, Equipo Crónica. Pursuing his artistic journey solo as of 1981, his approach distinctively focuses on a reinterpretation of the great masters, from the Renaissance to the modern period.
For over thirty years, Manolo Valdés has lived and worked in New York, where he recently completed a new series comprising approximately twenty works of art. This ensemble is the natural continuation of his aesthetic exploration, as he ceaselessly reinvents the portrait genre while revisiting art history. After a remarkable solo exhibition in 2017, Opera Gallery Paris is delighted to present his latest creations to the public.
"I am just a narrator who comments on the history of painting in various ways, using new materials: it is like a game that consists of changing the code and the key to the artwork… Many of my colours, materials and textures are the product of relived experiences of other masters. My painting involves much reflection."
"We build upon that which art history has placed in our hands"