Kelly Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Dreams &
Reflections by Julio Valdez on view from April 7 through May 9.
A native of the Dominican Republic, his work reflects both moment
and timeless vagueness. A hybrid visual language between
figurative and abstraction is created in these recent trancelike
says, the exhibition Dreams & Reflections, is, in part, an
allusion to memories, dreams, reflections and Carl Jung’s
exploration of the psyche. In the Caribbean region, the surrounding
waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea create a sense of
light and space that are at once a blessing and a curse.
paintings explore this oceanic landscape that is both illusory and
dreamlike. I have been examining images of water beyond its physical
characteristics, as a metaphor for consciousness and the creative
process. My recent work reflects my interest in creating a
spatial uncertainty, a sense of time not yet defined.”
Valdez’s paintings of the natural world’s beauty, purity and truth
evolve as autonomous pictorial language simplified by his concern
with location, atmosphere as well as the vagaries of time. In
Skaneateles Grey Abstraction, the attendant effects of light
and chiaroscuro illumination with extensive mark-making effect a
composition where within incalculable spatial volume; planes appear
to melt away as transparencies or into shadow.
Valdez’s paintings continue to impress as aquatic theaters
reflecting a view of the sea that radiates back to the viewer as
dreamlike, if not, hypnotic.
Paintings often generate response in the mind and the intuitive
system of the viewer. Through a form of kinesthesia empathy
(sensation of movement) the rhythmic articulation or ruffling of the
sea water in Las Terrenas Abstractions, can be felt. In the
overall image Valdez creates a closeness of tone between hues of
greens, blues and whites that resonates like a composite sound, a
chord, with the ripples forming a visual cadence.
Valdez, the sea is a world where nature and consciousness meet,
where water, as well as the intensity of the light, are both his
focus and constant symbols of a Dominican’s devotion to his island.
new series, says Valdez, has been inspired by diverse places such as
the Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Celestún, a large coastal wetland
reserve and wildlife refuge in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, Las
Terrenas and Cayo Arenas, both in the Dominican Republic, as well as
Skaneateles Lake, the smallest of the Finger Lakes in upstate New
York. These places allow me to experience a communion with
nature and its cycles, which I have found are an inviting entry
point to my own inner explorations.
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
Valdez’s paintings have been shown in many one-person and group
exhibitions in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, and Europe.
He 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.