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Manolo Valdés, born in Valencia in 1942, is a Spanish painter, sculptor, and graphic artist based in New York. He is one of the most prominent figures in the Spanish and international art scene over the last half-century.

In 1964, Manolo Valdés co-founded Equipo Crónica with Juan Antonio Toledo and Rafael Solbes. Influenced by Pop art, they critiqued art and society in the final years of the Franco dictatorship. Their work used figuration as a means of expression, emphasizing the pure act of painting over any specific content or reflection on painting itself.

Thematically, Valdés draws inspiration from the great masters of painting: Goya, Velázquez, El Greco, Ribera, or Zurbarán. He never hides his models; instead, he underscores them, even in the titles of his works.

Awards and Recognitions received by Manolo Valdés:
- National Prize for Plastic Arts, 1983
- Gold Medal for Fine Arts Merit, 1998
- First Prize at the International Festival of Plastic Artists in Baghdad, 1986
- Order of Andrés Bello, Venezuela, 1993
- XXXIIeme Prix du Conseil National, Fondation Prince de Monaco, 1997
- Print Critics Association Prize, 2000
- Spanish Association of Art Critics Prize, Madrid, 2000
- Best Print Artist Award, 2002

Museums and Collections featuring Manolo Valdés’ work:
- MNCARS National Museum Reina Sofia Art Center, Madrid
- Chase Manhattan Bank Foundation, New York
- National Fund for Contemporary Arts, Paris
- Veranneman Foundation, Kruishoutem, Belgium
- Juan March Foundation, Madrid
- Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
- Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.
- IVAM, Valencian Institute of Modern Art, Valencia
- Kunstmuseum Berlin
- Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- Museum of Fine Arts, Bilbao
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
- MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York
- Guggenheim Museum, New York.

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