Manolo Valdés was born in Valencia on March 8, 1942. He entered the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Carlos in 1957, where he studied two years. In 1964 he established the artists group Equipo Crónica with Joan Toledo and Rafael Solbes. He now lives and works between New York and Madrid.
Influenced by Velázquez, Rembrandt, Rubens, Matisse, Picasso and others, Valdés creates large works in which the lighting and colors express a sensation of tactility. His work is forceful and decorated with historical art symbols. Valdés creates paintings, monumental sculptures, etchings, and collages.
Manolo Valdés has been awarded many prizes and his works can be seen in numerous public and private collections including: Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; Kunsmuseum, Berlin; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museo Contemporaneo de Arte international, Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia.