Boticelli Como Pretexto

Manolo Valdés

Boticelli Como Pretexto , 1996

Prints
39.25 x 27.75 Inches
Etching with unique color collage on handmade paper with applied wash
Edition of 50
Estimate $14,000 - $18,000
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About the artwork

“Paintings and art and creation never come from nothing; they come from other artists and bits and pieces of other works. Everything that comes out new is always a reading of something else that’s already been done. That’s the goal: you have to produce a product that’s different from a previous product. When you do something different, that’s when people start to recognise it.”

About the artist

Manolo Valdés

Manolo Valdés, born in 1942 in Valencia, Spain, is an established contemporary Spanish painter and sculptor. After attending the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos de Valencia, Valdés launched his artistic career as a co-founder of the Equipo Cronica along with Juan Antonio Toledo and Rafael Solbes in 1964. Inspired by the British and American Pop Art Movement, Equipo Cronica created provocative works that merged Pop with political critique and humor to criticize Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. 


After the group dissolved in 1981, Valdés continued to create works inspired by distinct historical and artistic movements to express his Spanish heritage. Valdés’s new expressive style abandoned all overt political overtones, and instead centered his art on art-historical motifs as a way to merge art history, contemporary culture, and everyday life. In his works, Valdés quotes figures from well-known artists including Diego Velázquez, Pablo Piccasso, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, and Antoni Tàpies. Valdés removes these figures from their original context and revitalizes their familiar images through his use of heavily impastoed paint and unusual material, along with large figures and strong abstract forms with minimal detail. Valdés continues his tributes to the classics of art history; with a recent exhibition in the Spring of 2021 at Opera Gallery in New York City, Valdés debuted new works directly from his studio, along with some of his most highlighted works. 


Valdés has received numerous awards for his artwork, including the Alfons Roig in Valencia in 1984, the National Prize of Fine Arts in Spain in 1985, and became an Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, France in 1997. Valdés was the official representative of Spain at the 48th Venice Biennale. Valdés continues to exhibit his work worldwide, with a recent exhibition in 2021 at Opera Gallery in New York, which featured new works directly from his studio. Valdés’s artworks are held in private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Guggenheim Bilbao, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, among others. 

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