New York City artist and co-founder of Ownzee

art talk

Posted 2012-11-29 11:34:51 | Views: 6,995


K I K I  V A L D E S

Hosted by Monocle Order & Black Banditz

as apart of a series of artist talks during  Sunset Session at the Kings & Grove Tides Hotel during Art Basel Week.

Friday, December 7th 

Moderated by: Michael Margulies

King and Grove Tides Hotel 1220 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

7:00–8:30 pm



Kiki Valdes - Miami Project

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K I K I   V A L D E S

"Bull's Head"

(Oil, cut canvas on wood panel) 2010

BOOTH #217




Miami Project Fair in Midtown for Art Basel

Dec 4th - Dec 9th. NE 1st Avenue and 29 Street. Miami FL, 33137

M I A M I   P R O J E C T









Detail of "The Barn"

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Kiki Valdes - "Sweet Bananas"

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Kiki Valdes - "The Sleeper"

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Studio World Overview

Posted 2012-07-16 12:54:15 | Views: 8,411


The studio pop up experiment otherwise known as 'STUDIO WORLD' was a success. I want to thank AID FOR AIDS for getting me involved and we were able to sell over ten original small scale artworks to benefit the organization. I would also like to thank my agent Michael Margulies for inviting his family for joining us. It was an honor to have Martin Margulies stopping by and seeing my work in person. Thanks again to everyone that bought artwork and those that stuck around till we closed. Btw, check out todays Miami Herald article on Martin Margulies art collection 


                                                                                                                                                                                 Thanks - Kiki Valdes (July  2012) 


(L to R: Martin Z. Margulies, Kiki Valdes, Joe Margulies and Angela Winkowski) 

Kiki Valdes Discusses Margulies Artist Agency

Posted 2012-05-23 11:28:39 | Views: 8,191

Margulies Agency just announced that you are joining their art roster. How did you link with Mike Margulies?

He has shown support over the years whether by going to a few shows I've curated or just being cool overall. When I heard he started working as an agent for artists I kept a close eye to what he was doing. I wanted to see what he was about. Slowly but pretty quick we built a friendship. He loves art. It's been around him his entire life. The artists he represents are good friends so everything has been natural. 

Why did you choose the Margulies Agency?

I moved to New York over a year ago and I knew I had to have a solid connection in Miami. I knew I had to work with someone young and excited to work. We set up a few meetings and we laid things out. He's a very aggressive and passionate personality. I didn't want to work with standard establishment types or someone that really has no deep lifelong commitment to art. I love working with someone from the ground up. There's a passion there. It was a no brainier.  

What do you have planned going forward?

I can share that with you at a later date. Things are coming but just can't speak on it yet. Things are looking very good. 

Why did you choose a Miami based agency?

I like to do things in steps. I moved from Miami to build elsewhere and build in Miami at the same time if that makes sense. Mike understands that and he supports it. 

How is New York treating you? Is your career progressing as planned?

New York is great. I'm really in the building block stages. Really just making new work and building incredible friendships and bettering my knowledge of art making. I'm observing everything, taking it in and meeting the most amazing people I use to read about in art books. 





Kiki Valdes "Can You Trust A Smile?" Oil on wood panel 2012 

To view more works visit: Michael Margulies Artist Agency 

Kiki Valdes Joins Michael Margulies Artist Agency

Posted 2012-05-15 14:38:52 | Views: 8,772

MIAMI, FL (Feb 14th 2012)  - The Michael Margulies Artist Agency announced expressionist painter, Kiki Valdes, as the newest addition to its roster of artists. Margulies considers Valdes as a step in an exciting new direction that will provide an additional level of diversity amongst the agency’s artists. Kiki is the first expressionist painter to be represented by the agency. 


“Kiki is going to appeal to a new genre of clients attracted to expressionist painting - a style that is more about the moment and intentions rather than the execution,” says Michael Margulies. “It’s a different way of looking at art that a lot of people can identify with. Kiki is very talented and we are happy to be a part of his career.”



“I've always been uncomfortable when art is talked about more than just looking at it. Laughter, tears or in awe is paintings best language.”

- Kiki Valdes 


Based in New York, Valdes is a Cuban-American who's work explores the multidimensional complexities of people, religion, American-life, sex, and superstition. His canvases tend to overlap on top of various unresolved paintings and capture a sense of association, rhythm and conflict. The work can best be described as a marriage between abstract expressionism, cartoons and Caribbean folklore. 


Based in Miami, the Michael Margulies Artist Agency specializes in the representation and marketing of contemporary artists, as well as Artist estates. The agency collaborates with galleries, art fairs, museums, and other art institutions to present the utmost awareness of its art catalog while operating with an unconventional business model. For more information, visit or email




New World School of the Arts Logo Mystery

Posted 2012-04-25 22:24:13 | Views: 9,867

Something To Think About


The logo on the left is of the high school I went to in Miami, New World School of the Arts. The other day I was looking at my old dusty year book (class of 2000) and I saw something I never really noticed before. Is it me or does the school logo look almost exactly like the design from Clockwork Orange?  Is this a coincidence? Considering that the school is made up of creatives I find it very likely that Clockwork helped out/inspired the designer with the final school logo. Badass. 


Clockwork in the New World Order.