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Sail with artist Kiki Valdes to the Caribbean Dec. 10th 2016

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MIAMI, FL– As art pops up around the globe this year with art fairs and blockbuster exhibitions, modern luxury cruise brand Celebrity Cruises will be bringing contemporary artist Kiki Valdes onboard the beautiful Celebrity Reflection for a 7 day artist residency Dec 10, 2016. The artist will have a pop-up-style art studio where he will work on and create vibrant and bold paintings. Kiki Valdes will also host art classes to the guests sailing in his group. 

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Celebrity Cruises offers award-winning globally inspired cuisine, exclusive and stylish spaces, and intuitive service on our stunning ships. The Cuban-American artist takes familiar cartoon imagery and deconstructs them where it has a sort of push and pull with figuration, abstraction and art history. 

Guests sailing with Kiki Valdes can expect to have up close and personal time with the painter while he works on several paintings in his temporary studio. Kiki will also host and teach art during the cruise for those interested in the creative process. There will also be time to socialize with Kiki during a welcome reception and farewell cocktail party.  

“I am incredibly excited to partner with such a visionary, contemporary artist who exemplifies modern luxury in his very unique style” said Susan Hunt, Inside Sales Manager, Celebrity Cruises.
Celebrity Reflection 2016 Sail Date: Dec. 10th 2016

Departure Port: Miami, FL. Port of Call: Miami, Florida; at Sea; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Phillsburg, St Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; At sea; Miami, Florida. 

Pricing: Per Person* Inside: 829.00 Veranda: 1199.00

Call: AAA Plantation 954-424-4140
AAA Pembroke Pines 954-322-5020
AAA Pompano Beach 954-942-5450
 Liberty Travel 954-425-4625

This offer is not available from any other travel agency.

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

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Lobby Exhibition Space & Upstairs 
Thursday, Dec. 3rd - 7pm - 10pm 
101 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130
(305) 375-2665

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My friends over at 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."
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