Artista: Manolo Valdés
MANOLO VALDES Manuel Valdés Blasco known as Manolo Valdés (Valencia, March 8, 1942) is a prominent Spanish painter residing in New York (USA). He was the introducer in Spain of a form of artistic expression that combines political and social commitment with humor and irony. In 1957 he enrolled in the Valencian School of Fine Arts of San Carlos, where he spent two years, leaving his studies to dedicate himself to painting. In 1964 he founded the artistic group Equipo Crónica together with Juan Antonio Toledo and Rafael Solbes, in which he remained until Solbes' death in 1981, even though Toledo had left it two years after the founding of the group. After the death of Rafael Solbes, he continued to work alone in Valencia for a few years, until in 1989 he traveled to New York where he set up his studio and continued experimenting with new forms of expression. It belongs to the Marlborough Gallery  and the Freites Gallery . He also set up a studio in Madrid for the realization of large sculptures, alternating the creation in both cities.