Miami artist and co-founder of Ownzee

Kiki Valdes at Social Media Week in Bogota

Posted 2011-09-21 14:58:59 | Views: 10,696



I am honored that the organizors of Social Media Week Bogota have invited me to their beautiful city and country to let me share my take on being an artist in this social media age and how to self publish artworks online through platforms like Ownzee. Below is what i will be discussing and i will make sure to post pictures and commentary next week. Below is insight on what I will be discussing and more about the other great speakers. Thanks! 

Self Publishing in Arts: Kiki Valdes

Friday, September 23 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá


Kiki Valdes is a contemporary artist and the founder of Ownzee, a digital magazine maker that allows artists, designers, photographers, or anyone to easily promote their work online. Kiki has found in the web the most valuable channel to showcase his work and do business. Kiki will be speaking about the importance of digital technologies and social media as an effective promotion tool.




For Social Media Week Bogotá, the Z-team has put together a really impressive line-up of speakers, both from within Colombia and international. We thought we’d take a moment to highlight some of the international speakers who will be traveling to Bogotá (most of them for the first time) to speak at Social Media Week.


Meg Dalton (@megdalts), of SeeClickFix, will participate on a panel entitled Urban Initiatives and Social Media. This panel will reflect upon how social networks have empowered the ordinary citizen. She will also lead a workshop, focused on See Click Fix and how the tool can be used.


Christian Ligorsky (@Kbzon) of Social Media Latam, will share The </R>evolution of Communications, which will show us how the rise of social network platforms have affected the way we communicate, and how the same networks can help companies have stronger relationships with their consumers.


Jonathan Richman (@jonmrich) will share Your Computer Is The Next Wonderdrug, originally presented at South by Southwest 2011, to critical acclaim.


Peter Shankman (@petershankman) will be presenting Monday’s keynote, Social Media Doesn’t Exist, explaining how social media must be integrated with traditional media to be truly successful.


Kiki Valdes (@KikiValdes) will present Self publishing in Art, showcasing how artists can use social networks as an effective tool for promotion.


Brian Wong (@brian_wong) of kiip will address the young entrepreneur in 8 Tips for the Young Entrepreneur, with a focus on what he himself learned as a young and successful entrepreneur in the social gaming space.

Some sponsors of Social Media Week:

Kiki Valdes: Secret Storage Stash

Posted 2011-09-19 08:27:33 | Views: 10,438

Clip of contemporary artist KIKI VALDES on his visit to one of his "secret storage facilities" where he stores old paintings and art objects. Some of the art Kiki shows viewers in the clip is from 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007 and a few things as recent as 2008.




Ownzee Article in Business Insider

Posted 2011-08-31 19:09:37 | Views: 9,808

We get a write up in Business Insider. Word?

Tumblrprovided a simple way to make pretty blogs. seeks to go one step further in design-based blogging, the artist/company co-founder Kiki Valdes told us over the phone on Wednesday afternoon.


Better yet, Valdes and his co-founder brother are finding some success in turning a site that facilitates easy, beautiful blogging into a real business.


After the pair's initial idea,, proved to be too much effort with little monetary return, they launched the new venture.


For $5 per month or $45 per year people can use the site to simply and easily build blog posts, which can be posted on or sent to a personal blog. Users can upload and scale photos, chose from over 20 fonts, move around content, and more to create virtually whatever they can imagine.

This "Design-Based Blogging" Tool

Is A Meme-Maker On Steroids




Blogging on Ownzee...

Posted 2011-08-30 20:57:47 | Views: 9,974

People ask me all the time what's the difference between Ownzee (which I co-created) and other blogging platform sites out there. So, to not mix up the bullshit I decided to give a pretty clear example.

This is you using Ownzee.

This is you using the other blog sites.

- Kiki Valdes



Kiki Valdes with PALO! Recap

Posted 2011-08-30 16:41:27 | Views: 9,490

Kiki Valdes/Palo! at S.O.B.'s Recap:

It was a great time getting to paint to the sounds of the band PALO!. When I got word that my friends were gonna be in NYC from Miami playing at the legenary S.O.B.'s I couldn't resist and get involved somehow. I've done about 4 or 5 shows with PALO! since 2002. So, when we get together it is a great treat and a rare and special event.


PALO! overall has matured so much as a unit. I was blown away by everyone in the band and how they come together and make true music come alive. I am thankful that the painting I did that night sold within the first 20 minutes that I started painting.

Check out the video, it was actually shot with iphone footage. Not bad. Thank you to all my good friends that came out. You know who you are. I love you.


Posted 2011-08-11 09:50:15 | Views: 9,812

Live action painting with the sounds of PALO!
















204 Varick Street
New York, NY
7:30 - 11pm

For more info: Palo! vs. Kiki Valdes

Kiki Valdes - Sin Gin - Drawing 2011

Posted 2011-07-21 00:10:13 | Views: 13,343


"Sin Gin" 2011


Kiki Valdes - Some Cartoon Expressionism or something.

Posted 2011-07-01 22:38:01 | Views: 10,572


Kiki Valdes - "The Cloud" 2007

Posted 2011-06-27 21:33:34 | Views: 9,307

Kiki Valdes - "The Cloud" 2007. Oil on canvas/  I recently gave this as a gift to fellas at Primary Fight/Gallery.

Mandy Palacio - My Coach, Your Coach

Posted 2011-05-31 15:28:00 | Views: 10,181



life coach for the creatives

Mandy Palacio's site is here:
























 I wanted to take a moment and tell you guys about my good friend Mandy Palacio. I met Mandy New Years Eve at my friend’s apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We sort of connected instantly and as it turned out she must moved to New York as well by way of Stockholm, Sweden. As anyone can understand moving to New York can be hard to make friends and at the same time it can be difficult to realize your goals. Mandy is a coach and she helped me ease my warrior ways and take things more like an Tibetan monk.


She is the founder of MBody Coaching and she helps people that want to help themselves. She offers one-on-one professional coaching for people who want to make changes in a topic that is deeply important to them, business, how to be more happy, other life goals etc. One thing that is really great is her focus on the creative. She has helped big business executives in the past but her desire is to coach creative people. To learn more about her Life Coaching practice, make sure to visit her site.