Biography and Works of Manolo Valdés

Valencia, 1942

Outstanding Spanish painter living in New York. In 1957 he enrolled at the Valencian School of Fine Arts of San Carlos where he spent two years, dropped out of school to devote himself to painting.

In 1964 he founded the artistic group Chronic Team together with Juan Antonio Toledo and Rafael Solbes in which he remained until the death of Solbes in 1981.

In 1989 he travels to New York where he sets up his studio and continues experimenting with new forms of expression. He also sets up a studio in Madrid for the realization of large sculptures, alternating the creation in both cities.

Valdés has received several awards, among which are: in 1965 the Lissone and Biella, in Milan (Italy), in 1979, the Silver Medal of the II International Biennial of Engravings in Tokyo (Japan) and Bridgestone Art Museum Award at Lis79 in Lisbon (Portugal); in 1983 the National Prize of Plastic Arts; the Alfons Roig Award, in Valencia; the National Fine Arts Award of Spain; in 1986 the Medal of the Biennial of the International Festival of Plastic Artists, in Baghdad (Iraq) and in 1993 the Decoration of the Order of Andrés Bello in the class of Band of Honor, in Venezuela.

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