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KIKI VALDES: The Drawing Chronicles (Dec 1st)

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Oliver Sanchez, the director of Swampspace, announced today the art gallery premier exhibition for Miami Art Week 2017.


KIKI VALDES
The Drawing Chronicles
Opening Reception: Friday December 1, 2017 6-10pm
 December 1, 2017 - January 1, 2018

The recent works of Kiki Valdes are a maniacal storm of ink on paper. The drawings are dedicate yet aggressive compositions of comedic abstractions and figurative visions of the artist’s recurring dreams. Mr. Valdes skillfully appropriates art history themes of the ethereal muse, captivating love triangles, social angst and piercing anguish. His ability to convey depth captivates viewers with a unique and powerful sense of emotional engagement. The work leaves us satisfied with our desire for beauty, humor and social relevance.

"The world is at an eclipse of nuclear chaos and personal communication has been replaced by smartphones and dating apps. Love has lost it's old feeling. My drawings is in search of love. The world is crazy and I just want to feel 15, have butterflies and draw comic books. I feel that's why I've engulfed myself back into drawing. For me, is how it all started." - Kiki Valdes
Presented by: 
SWAMPSPACE 
3940 N. Miami Avenue 33127 
(Miami Design District)
305-710-8631 

In 1999 Milton Friedman predicted Bitcoin

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In 1999, Milton Friedman predicted internet money aka Bitcoin.
He won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.
He was a advisor to President Ronald Reagan

Miami Art Week: Kiki Valdes at MDPLS / Dec. 3rd

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KIKI VALDES 
PRESENTED BY MDPLS 
PERMANENT ART COLLECTION 
MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM 
Lobby Exhibition Space & Upstairs 
Thursday, Dec. 3rd - 7pm - 10pm 
101 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130
(305) 375-2665

Great article at ThirdDream.com

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New Article Featured on 
My friends over at Thirddream.com recently published an indepth story on my process at the studio and my new show that opens this Saturday (Nov 21st) at Miami-Dade Public Library System. Check it out!
Within the secret rooms of the Miami-Dade Public Library, abstract cartoons are warped, expressed, and re imagined in the artist residency lab for local Miami artist, Kiki Valdes. A graduate of New World School of the Arts, a YoungArts Alumni, and a Maryland Institute College of Art graduate from Baltimore, Kiki Valdes’ home is the 305. I was escorted into the grand historic library building through the maze of hallways and rode up secret elevators to find Kiki, in a black t-shirt, dark shorts, and Converse shoes, decorated with colorful paint strokes of labor. Behind him were his masterpieces, from small to large canvases, sprawled out from wall to wall. With about a week until the exhibition on (November 21) and 4 weeks of work already behind him, his pace was remarkable – Kiki Valdes produced an array of figurative abstractionist cartoonic pieces sure to wow any spectator in the library or private art collector. Here is his creative process and his perspective on Miami art. Meet Kiki Valdes, art resident of the Miami-Dade Public Library System.
Third Dream Media: You’re an animal. All the paintings look beyond anything you’ve done. Do you center your work on a certain theme?

Kiki Valdes: I’m trying to work with figurative abstraction and then just really breaking down any type of figure, or cartoon shape, and using it to create something else. My previous work was a little bit more cartoon-based; but that’s because I was just trying to understand the shapes. Now that I understand the shapes better, I’m starting to break them down and they’re just starting to become much more abstract. I feel I am going towards abstraction. My hand is kind of the same.

[I asked to advance through the plastic coverings on the floor to examine the smaller paintings neatly aligned on one side of the floor. There are 3 larger, stretched out canvases surrounding a collection of cartoonist portraits.]

So these are drawings/paintings that I put onto canvas, so I’m going to show about 20 of them. Along with these, [portraits] and then I’m also bringing a little bit of the older work, that I’m going to combine with these – so I’m probably going to end up showing 35 paintings in total.

It’s like a warped childhood. They are an interesting take on animation, color, bold lining, and high contrast. It looks like you are not afraid to create these figures. From this collection, which ones have been the most challenging?

It’s not really one in specific; it’s more about creating that new language, that’s the most challenging part. You’re creating something that is who you are – and then, there is no right or wrong way to do it. It’s kind of what direction you want to go, and trying to decide where you want to be. Obviously, there’s ways for it to be stronger, you’re just not sure how to get there.
"It’s not really one in specific; it’s more about creating that new language, that’s the most challenging part. You’re creating something that is who you are – and then, there is no right or wrong way to do it."
Read the rest of this article over at Thirddream.com 

Kiki Valdes presented by MDPLS Permanent Art Collection (Nov. 21st)

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The biggest Bitcoin transaction

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The Largest Bitcoin transaction was
$64,677,394.02 
The transaction was a voluntary audit 
by the bitcoin exchange Bitstamp.

DO banks voluntary and publicly
prove their assets?