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Manolo Valdés est peintre et sculpteur espagnol né à Valence en 1942. En 1990, son installation à New York donne à sa carrière une envergure internationale. En 1964, il co-fonde le célébre groupe “Equipo Cronica” avec Joan A Toledo et Rafael Solbes. Ce group est assimilé au “pop art Espagnol”. Ce groupe décline des éléments puiser dans l’histoire de l’art et denonce la dictature de Franco. L’aventure du groupe “Equipo Cronica” se termine en 1981. A partir de ce moment là, il va accorder une place plus importante à la matière, la texture l’amenant peu à peu à la sculpture. Ses toiles se couvrent d’un épiderme et Manolo Valdés use de matériaux tactiles... Manolo Valdés travaille sur la “mémoire de l’art”. C’est un explorateur de l’hisoire de l’art. Il prolonge les oeuvres des grands maîtres en les déclinant et les métamorphosant. Son travail est plus qu’une réinterprétation des grands maîtres. Il joue avec les formes célébrissime. Il y a une vraie approriation. Manola Valdés entre en dialogue avec l’Histoire de l’Art et fait le lien, la synthèse entre patrimoine et art contemporain. Son oeuvre est présente dans les plus grandes collections : Metropolitan museum, Beaubourg, Guggenheim, Reina Sophia... - 1999 - invité par l’Espagne pour le pavillon de la Biennale de Venise - 2003 - exposition à la Fondation Maeght - 2010 - Il est l’invitée d’honneur du Château de Chambord 
Manolo Valdés (Spanish, b.1942) is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker born in Valencia, Spain, and best known for his association with the artistic group known as Equipo Crónica. He studied at the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts, where he met Rafael Solbes. In 1964, along with colleague Juan Antonia Toledo, they founded Equipo Crónica, a Spanish manifestation of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. Through his participation in this group—which lasted until 1981—Valdés was featured in more than 60 solo exhibitions. His works from this period often expressed political commentary, and were characterized by the use of unconventional materials and crudely-applied paint. After Solbes’ death in 1981, Valdés continued to work in a style that became distinctly his own and independent from that of Equipo Crónica. Finding inspiration in the styles and techniques of Old Masters, such as Francisco Goya and Diego Velázquez, Valdés incorporates and appropriates traditional motifs and compositions of art history. His work is included in public collections around the world, such as the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Musée Picasso in Antibes, France, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville, Spain, the Kunstmuseum in Berlin, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among many others. Valdés currently lives and works primarily in New York, as well as in Madrid, Spain. Timeline 1942 Born in Valencia, Spain, on March 8th. 1957 Entered Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Carlos, Valencia. 1964 Formed the group Equipo Crónica with Rafael Solbes. Their association continued until the death of Solbes in 1981. 1965 Recipient, Prize Biella, Milan, Italy 1979 Recipient, Silver medal, Il International Biennal of Grabados, Tokyo, Japan 1979 Recipient, Prize from the Bridgestone Museum of Art, Lisbon, Portugal 1965–1981 Besides the shows he was involved in as a member of Equipo Crónica, Manolo Valdés participated in over sixty solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions. 1984 Recipient, Prize from the Nacional de Bellas Artes, Spain 1985 Recipient, National Medal for Painting, Fine Arts, Spain 1986 Recipient, Medal for the Biennal, International Festival of the Plastic Arts, Baghdad, Iraq 1993 Condecoración de la Orden de Andrés Bello en la Clase de Banda Honor,Republic of Venezuela 1997 Recipient, XXXIIème Prix du Conseil National Fondation Prince Pierre of Monaco 1998 Recipient, Gold Medal of Merit for Fine Arts, Spain 1998 Recipient, Gold Medal of Merit for Fine Arts, Spain 1999 Represented Spain at Venice Bienale 2000 Recipient, Prize from Art Critics Association for Estampa, Madrid 2002 Recipient, Prize from ARCO Art Critics Association for Estampa, Madrid 2004 Recipient, Prize Valenciano del siglo XXI. 2005 Chevalier de l´Ordre du Mérite Culturel, France. 2006 Premio Archival Espana 2005 2006 Doctor Honoris Causa by the University Miguel Hernández. Elche. 2007 Officier de L'Ordre National du Mérit The artist lives and works in New York. Exhibitions 2008 Manolo Valdes, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY, Winter, 2008 (forthcoming) (solo) 2008 Manolo Valdés: Las Meninas, St. Petersburg, Russia, Spring 2008 (forthcoming) (solo) 2008 Manolo Valdés in Beijing, Beijing, China, Fall 2008 (forthcoming) (solo) 2007–2008 Manolo Valdes, Galerie Maeght, Paris, France, November 15, 2007 – January 12, 2008 (solo) 2006–2008 Arte en la Calle, Manolo Valdés: Escultura Monumental, travelling to Ayuntamiento de Valladolid, Spain, November 22, 2006 – January 15, 2007; Cordoba, Spain, January 30 – March Cv_Manolo-Valdes


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