William Valdes

Luqkin’ Baqk

William Omar Valdes is a Cuban-American multi-media artist based in Miami, and Tampa Florida. They focus on topics exploring their intersectional identity as a Bipolar Queer Cuban immigrant. This large-scale installation piece consisting of paintings, paper machê sculptures, and collages mimics the interior of their college bedroom in the pre-covid era. For them the importance of private interior spaces has been magnified because of the stay-at-home mandates in affect throughout the country and the world. The feeling of isolation is no longer a solitary emotion, but rather a unifying reality in the fight against the virus. However, we still yearn to revert to our inherent instincts to socialize and once again reconnect with the physical outside world. By presenting my bedroom in an outdoor space they  bring to light this innate feeling of longing, and begin to reconnect with those close to them by distorting the boundaries we are currently confined to in the age of the pandemic, where the concepts of self-reflection and isolation have become universal.

Full Shot by William Valdes

William Omar Valdes, Full Shot, Paper mache, paperclay, digital collages and oil on canvas and Panel, 2020

Close Up Bedsheet Bed and Nightstands by William Valdes

William Omar Valdes, Close Up of Bedsheet Bed and Nightstands, Paper mache, paperclay, digital collages and oil on canvas and Panel, 2020

Close Up of Painting-Collages Part 2 by William Valdes

William Omar Valdes, Close Up of Painting-Collages Part 2, Paper mache, paperclay, digital collages and oil on canvas and Panel, 2020

Close Up of Painting-Collages Part 4 by William Valdes

William Omar Valdes, Close Up of Painting-Collages Part 4, Paper mache, paperclay, digital collages and oil on canvas and Panel, 2020

Bed Painting and Cabinets Close Up by William Valdes

William Omar Valdes, Bed Painting and Cabinets Close Up, Paper mache, paperclay, digital collages and oil on canvas and Panel, 2020

Close Up of Painting-Collages Part 1 by William Valdes

William Omar Valdes, Close Up of Painting-Collages Part 1, Paper mache, paperclay, digital collages and oil on canvas and Panel, 2020

Close Up of Painting-Collages Part 3 by William Valdes

William Omar Valdes, Close Up of Painting-Collages Part 3, Paper mache, paperclay, digital collages and oil on canvas and Panel, 2020

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