The work of Manolo Valdés


Manuel Valdés Blasco, Manolo Valdés, surprises visitors to this corner of the Spanish region of La Mancha, where the Gregorio Prieto Foundation Museum is holding an exhibition (Valdepeñas, from 5 September to 21 October) of thirty-nine engravings and three sculptures. This artist from Valencia, who has now been living in New York for some time, has mastered the techniques of sculpting, painting and the graphic arts.

He is one of the Founders, along with other painters, of the so-called Equipo Crónica (Chronicle Team), and today he is seen as one of Spain’s foremost contemporary artists, furthermore enjoying widespread international prestige. Over the course of a protracted career he has been honoured with awards both in our own country and beyond our frontiers, such as the Spanish prize for the plastic arts – Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas (1983), the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts (1998), and his appointment as Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite in France, in 2007.

Coinciding with this new exhibition by the author of the sculptures of the Reinas Marianas and Infantas Margaritas, Artes Gráficas Palermo has printed the catalogue.

Photo credits: Image provided by the Museo de la Fundación Gregorio Prieto.