It doesn’t get any better than Kiki Valdes and Michael Margulies putting their talents together to raise money for AID FOR AIDS. On Saturday, June 30th between 6P and 10:30P, the Miami born, New York based artist who recently signed for representation with Margulies’ Miami based agency will display his works at 80 West End Avenue and 25% of the proceeds will be donated to AID FOR AIDS.
The sale entitled Studio World is set up to feel more like you are visiting Mr. Valdes’ studio than going to a show. “It’s less formal and more insightful…a peek into the process of making art. It’s more of a pop up/studio experiment. Things you don’t really have an opportunity to show at a formal exhibition,” said Mr. Valdes.
The works themselves will be paintings and small drawings from 2009 till now…a variety of affordable art. The studio will be open to the public for the reception that evening and then by appointment only. “Since I’m working closely with AID FOR AIDS, I do want to raise funds so I will be showing a bunch of drawings, doodles and paintings (maybe even some which are unfinished) that people can afford, Kiki said.
ABOUT KIKI VALDES:
Kiki Valdes (born April 3rd 1981 in Miami, FL.) is a Cuban American artist based in New York and Miami. Valdes’ work explores the multidimensional complexities of people, religion, American-life and sex. His canvases tend to overlap on top of various unresolved paintings. They capture a sense of association, rhythm and conflicting logic. There are streaks of juvenile virtue and gloomy sophistication to his mark-making.
Kiki often refers to his paintings as studies; his work has a constant pattern of unsolved/resolving resolutions and new discoveries. He constantly pulls from history’s tradition of easel-painting. Yet, he updates his imagery with menacingly sexed/ joyful cartoon heads. Instead of art history’s draw toward the female or still-life, Valdes explores the use of 1990’s cartoons with expressionistic tendencies. His recent consumption to the cartoon was an idyllic approach for him to go next. He wants to redefine his understanding of the subject. His soft appropriation of Disney/Nickelodeon characters is a starting point to tow the viewer into other concerns.
The priorities of the work has nothing to do with the image in question, rather it’s a prop for other problem solving usages. It’s a flirtation with abstract expressionism, cartoons and Caribbean superstition. He prefers to show the light side and dark side of life at the same time presenting various methods in painting.