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JULIO VALDEZ

Recent Paintings



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Julio Valdez, Recent Paintings
June 10th - July 29th, 2000

Latin American Masters
Contact: William Sheehy, Director
264 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 271-4847, fax (310) 278-3932
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 AM to 6 PM
E-mail, lamasters@earthlink.net
Web site, http://www.LatinAmericanMasters.com

Latin American Masters is presenting an exhibition of paintings by Dominican artist, Julio Valdez, one of Latin America’s most interesting emerging artists. Valdez has received the much coveted Blackburn fellowship at Parsons School of Design, and was recently honored with another fellowship as artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem. In the past year Valdez has exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, New York, Festival International de la Peinture, Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France, VI International Biennial, Cuenca, Ecuador, and has had one man shows at Museo de las Casas Reales, Santo Domingo, and Maison des Artes et la Culture, Quebec.

Valdez’s work evokes both his roots in Afro-Caribbean island culture, and his urban life in New York City, where he currently resides. Issues of displacement, presence, and absence resonate throughout Valdez’s work. The artist has sometimes used his own silhouette as a vehicle for exploring these themes. There is in his work an intelligence that mines the poetic veins of birth, wounding, and resurrection. Valdez is capable of simultaneously exploring his own personal and cultural history, as well as the varied currents of Twentieth Century art. Whether painting, printmaking, or working a site-specific installation, his art remains process driven, consistently exploring the possibilities of the materials with which he creates.

Photographs available upon request.



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