Manolo Valdes (Valencia, 1942). Outstanding Spanish painter, engraver and sculptor.
In Manolo Valdés, the history of art takes shape in the form of work. The paintings, sculptures, collages and lithographs of this versatile Valencian artist have the unusual ability to bring to life the most recognizable iconography of universal artistic culture, redirecting and recontextualizing it, reinterpreting it through an academic, sensitive and critical gaze with which he manages to endow it of a new meaning and depth, rescuing it from the inexorable evolution of the centuries and thus granting it an imperishable actuality.
"But there is something that I refuse: that the paintings need, as a complement to understand them, an explanation. I think that painting has a specificity, and it has to know how to tell itself what it wants. I don't like it when I have to read a thing to the side in order to understand the picture."