The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, July 18, 2018

New Surreal Paintings by Julio Valdez at June Kelly Gallery
Julio Valdez, Aqueous Self Portrait II, 2008-09. Oil on linen, 59 x 64 inches. Photo: Courtesy June Kelly Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- An exhibition of new surreal paintings by Julio Valdez – a native of the Dominican Republic who draws his sensual inspiration and his palate of rich blues and greens from the sea that laps the island’s shores -- opened at the June Kelly Gallery on May 14. The works will remain on view through June 15.

The exhibition title, In the Same Path as the Sun, refers to a line in a popular poem about the Dominican Republic, “There is a Country in the World,” by Pedro Mir. It is also the title of his first two Water Paintings executed in the summer of 2004. “Those paintings,” says Valdez, “opened a new formal exploration of my painting process, in which I minimize the brushwork while creating a more fluid representation.”

“I continue to expand that exploration in these new paintings,” Valdez comments. “ I have been using very thin layers of richly pigmented oils, inks and acrylics over varied surfaces, such as rice paper on linen, Styrene Plastic and Mylar.”

Valdez’s paintings are aquatic theaters, the staging grounds for the artist’s reflections on his personal life and on the collective history of the Caribbean, where the water is a constant symbol of a Dominican’s exile from the wider world and at the same time his connection to it.

Valdez’s mystical reveries capture the allure of the light, the strength and the spatial ambiguity of the ocean. Its transparency and visual instability create an enthralling sense of isolation and shelter, freedom and yet threat. He gives us a world where nature and consciousness mingle, where the sensuality of the tropics meets the isolation of the island man, and where dreams of travel to distant lands are tempered by the powerful emotional bonds of home.

The exhibition is accompanied by a new monograph, Julio Valdez, with an essay by Federica Palomero, former chief curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Caracas, Venezuela, and illustrations of many of his paintings.

Valdez was born in Santo Domingo and studied at Altos de Chavόn School of Design in La Romana, which is associated with Parsons School of Design, New York. He also studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo, and worked with printmakers Robert Blackburn and Kathy Caraccio in New York. He lives and works in New York City.

Valdez’s works have been shown in many one-person and group exhibitions in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, and Europe. His work is represented in numerous public, corporate and private collections, including El Museo del Barrio, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA.; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Jersey; Musée Grimaldi, Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Omar Rayo Museum, Roldanillo, Colombia; the Library of Congress and The World Bank, Washington, DC.

June Kelly Gallery | Julio Valdez | "In the Same Path as the Sun" |

Today's News

May 17, 2010

Thousands of Museums in Europe Celebrate Night of the Museums with Extended Hours

Police in Argentina Recover 77 Paintings Stolen Last November

Italian Researchers Say They May Have Found Caravaggio Bones

Arts Commission Presents Zhang Huan's Colossal "Three Heads Six Arms"

Akron Art Museum Acquires Two New Artworks from Pattern ID Exhibition

Heather Rowe Reconfigures Installation for Exhibition at D'Amelio Terras

New Large-Scale Works by Dutch Artist Piet van den Boog at Mike Weiss Gallery

German Artist Peter Bialobrzeski Exhibits in Shanghai at m97 Gallery

DeCordova Host Largest-Ever Chakaia Booker Exhibition

Beaty Biodiversity Centre Unveils Canada's Largest Blue Whale Skeleton Exhibit

Museum Partnership Creates Cambodia's First Metal Conservation Laboratory

Delaware Art Museum Presents British Prints, 1800- Present

New Surreal Paintings by Julio Valdez at June Kelly Gallery

Oksana Prokopenko to Show Mosaic Icons at the Ukrainian Institute of America

Dallas Museum of Art Awarded Significant Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Txuspo Poyo's Political Utopias at Artium Basque Centre for Contemporary Art

World Premiere for New Documentary Film on Influential British Designers Robin and Lucienne Day

Short List for 100,000 Pound Art Fund Prize 2010 Announced

MCASD Adds New Works to Collection at 2010 Collectors' Dinner

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- French nudists get cheeky with theme park and museum outings

2.- Galerie Miranda opens exhibition of works by Marina Berio

3.- European police seize 25,000 trafficked ancient finds

4.- Son's tribute to his late father £120,000 restoration of their Rover 95 offered at H&H Classics

5.- The National Gallery acquires Artemisia Gentileschi self-portrait

6.- Thieves steal ancient arrow poison from Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in the Netherlands

7.- Researchers discover the oldest giant dinosaur species that inhabited the Earth

8.- One of J.M.W.Turner's greatest watercolours left in private hands sells for £2 million

9.- Louvre sets up Beyonce and Jay-Z art tour

10.- A 'Japanese tip': the origami art left by diners

Related Stories

Strong, Colorful Surreal Paintings by Philemona Williamson at June Kelly Gallery

Exhibition of New Paintings by Sandra Lerner on Display at June Kelly Gallery in New York

Exhibition of Drawings by Sky Pape to Open at June Kelly Gallery

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful