VALENZ Sergio Valenzuela, ‘Playground’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse
VALENZ Sergio Valenzuela, ‘Playground’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse
VALENZ Sergio Valenzuela, ‘Playground’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse
VALENZ Sergio Valenzuela, ‘Playground’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse
VALENZ Sergio Valenzuela, ‘Playground’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse
VALENZ Sergio Valenzuela, ‘Playground’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse
VALENZ Sergio Valenzuela, ‘Playground’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse
VALENZ Sergio Valenzuela, ‘Playground’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse

Sergio Valenzuela “Valenz” is a contemporary Guatemalan artist who tells stories with everyday objects, primarily expressing them with graphite and acrylic on canvas. His artworks prominently feature elements such as chairs, ladders, and beds. These recognizable structures serve as a way for the artist to signify the opportunities, growth and dreams we all carry as individuals.

This 30" tall by 30" wide square red and turquoise artwork is wired and ready to hang. The sides of this original artwork are painted as a continuation of the front. It does not require framing. It is signed by the artist on the front of the artwork. A certificate of authenticity and hanging hardware are included.

Valenz was born in Guatemala in 1970. He graduated from Universidad Galileo de Guatemala with a major in Communications with a concentration in Education. He is a graphic designer, creative director, publicist, as well as a professor, teaching university courses on creativity, advertising, and graphic design at his alma mater.

His first group show was at the Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala City, in 1992. Since that time Valenz has be featured in over eighty group shows and thirty solo exhibitions in South America and around the world. Among numerous recognitions and awards he was selected as the winner of the “Young Artist” award in 2005, and granted a scholarship to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Valen. His works are exhibited in the French Allegiance of Guatemala, Forma Museum of El Salvador, private collections in Guatemala, Central America, Europe, Mexico, and the United States of America.

Valenz tells stories with everyday objects. “By using elements such as chairs, ladders, beds, monocycles, trapeze artists, swings, machines… it is a way of telling stories about life. The chairs signify, according to the context, opportunities and the patience required for them to step into our lives. The ladders represent our desire to climb, to continue our personal growth. Beds represent periods when we sleep and dream, things we cannot share with anyone else. Playful characters are representative of the uniqueness and singularity of each of the moments that we experience throughout our lifetimes, and the game that life is. Painting is my life.”

Valenz uses a graphite pencil as an instrument that reiterates messages across his works. Proposals surge from previous ideas and views, and are redrawn over and over on translucent papers, which offer us the opportunity to construct in our minds the storyline of his works and interpret what their meaning is. When combined with his playful figures, they create systems where they interact in an all-encompassing environment. His figures represent the uniqueness of our experience. The less permanent nature of pencil allows him to continually rework his compositions until his distinctly illustrated figures begin take on a life of their own. These events occur within the walls of certain living spaces, which nevertheless are part of a greater interconnected system.

Recognitions and Awards
2009 SUMARTE Art Auction recognition award
2009 Finalist at the Latin American Art auction commemorating 45 Years of Juannio
2008 Recognition Award at the X International Festival by Rozas Botran
2007 Selected work for the IX International Festival Rozas Botran
2007 Invited artist by the Embassy of Mexico to the Frida Kahlo Tribute Show
2006 XV Biennal de Arte Paiz (best artwork among invited artists)
2006 Latin American Art Expo (best artwork)
2005 Juannio (best artwork)

Exhibitions
2016 Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong
2016 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, California, USA
2015 Samso Dinamarca Galeria Vandstrup 1771, Solo Exhibition, Guatemala
2015 Juannio 2015, Museo de Arte Moderno Carlos Mérida, Guatemala
2015 Galeria del Centro, Solo Exhibition, Fundación G&T, Guatemala
2015 Heath Gallery, Palm Springs, California, USA
2015 “La Crisálida” NYFA New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, USA
2015 Arte en Mayo Fundación Rozas Botrán, Museo de Arte Moderno Carlos Mérida, Guatemala
2015 Heath Gallery Palm Springs, California, USA
2015 Galeria Maria Elena Kravetz, Cordoba, Argentina
2015 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, California, USA
2014 Fundación G&T Revista Galeria
2014 Galería el Attico Artistas y Punto
2014 Juannio 2014, Museo de Arte Carlos Mérida, Guatemala
2014 Fundación Rozas Botrán, Museo de Arte Carlos Mérida, Guatemala
2014 Alberto Linero Gallery, Miami, Florida, USA
2014 Northern Trust Bank, Exposición Colectiva Latinoamericana, Miami, Florida
2013 Mujeres en Café Galería de arte rozas Botran
2013 exposición individual galería el Attico ” DOCE” escultura
2013 Arte en Mayo, Fundación Rozas Botrán, Museo de Arte Carlos Mérida
2013 Exposición individual Arte, vino y tecnología Aktiva
2013 Fundación Rozas Botrán, Museo de Arte Carlos Mérida
2013 Juannio 2013, Museo de Arte Carlos Mérida
2013 ¨Entre Tierras¨MUNA museo de Antropología EL Salvador
2013 FUNSILEC Zona Pradera, Guatemala
2013 SUMARTE Museo Marte El Salvador
2013 IDEARTE Museo de Identidad Nacional Honduras
2013 Galeria VIVA Rozas Botran Caballos de batalla
2013 Miniaturas Galeria El Tunel Guatemala
2012 Museo Diego Rivera Anhuacalli Coyoacán México
2012 Juannio 2012, Museo de Arte Carlos Mérida
2012 Fundación Rozas Botrán, Museo de Arte Carlos Mérida
2012 Junkabal
2012 Fundacion Mario Monteforte Toledo
2012 Miniaturas en el galeria El túnel
2012 Miami Oceanía Club Key Biskayne
2012 museo Marte san Salvador SUMARTE
2012 museo de identidad nacional Honduras IDEARTE
2011 Salón del Grabado Museo de Arte Carlos Mérida
2011 Juannio, Museo de Arte Carlos Mérida
2011 Fundación Rozas Botrán, Museo de Arte Carlos Mérida
2011 Funsilec
2011 Junkabal
2011 Plastica Contemporánea Guatemalteca Encuentros y Tendencias
Sala Tonalli, Centro Cultural Ollin Yoliztli Mexico DF
2011 Exposición Colectiva Plastica Contemporánea Guatemalteca Encuentros y Tendencias
Salas José María Velasco y Rufino Tamayo del Centro Cultural Jardín Borda
2011 Amor Contemporaneo, Museo Ixchel Guatemala
2011 Fundación Rozas Botran Inauguración Galería Paseo Cayalá
2010 Amor Contemporáneo Museo Ixel
2010 Subasta Club Rotario
2010 Fundación Rozas Botrán, Museo de Arte Carlos Mérida
2010 Finalista,Juannio 2010, Museo de Arte Carlos Mérida
2010 Funsilec
2010 Junkabal
2010 Centroamericana Galería Códice
2009 Rotarios Subasta de Arte
2009 Fundación Rozas Botrán, Museo de Arte Carlos Mérida
2009 Artista Invitado, Inauguración Galería Die Augen
2009 Finalista 45 Años de Juannio. Museo de Arte Moderno Carlos Mérida
2009 San Salvador Museo Forma Solidarios en el Arte
2009 San Salvador Museo Marte, Mención de Honor Subasta de arte latinoamericano SUMARTE 2009
2008 3er Aniversario La casa del Aguila
2008 Fundación Rosas Botrán, Museo de Arte Carlos Mérida, Mención Honorífica
2008 Homenaje a Francisco Auyón Galeria CAOS
2008 San Salvador Museo Forma Unidos por el Arte
2008 de Miniaturas CAOS
2007 Rosas Botrán Obra en Catálogo
2007 Madrid España Jai Alai
2007 Homenaje a Frida Kalho, Embajada de México y Casa Santo Domingo Antigua Guatemala
2006 Bienal de Arte Paiz. Parque de la Industria
2006 Juannio 2006. Museo de Arte Moderno Carlos Mérida
2006 Galería CAOS
2005 Feria Internacional SCAE Asociación de Cafés especiales de Europa, Athens, Greece
2005 Alianza Francesa Guatemala Primer Premio IV Certamen del Jóven Pintor
2005 Juanio 40 años, Museo de Arte Moderno Carlos Mérida
2005 Sueños tendidos Galería de Arte CAOS
2005 École Nationale Suéprieure des Beaux Arts Paris, France
2003 Inauguración Galería CAOS
2001 Parque de la industria,Camara de comercio de Guatemala
1998 Cours Joubernon, Crest – Francia
1997 “Casa de la Cultura Antigua Guatemala”, Exposición Itinerante Grupo Tafhú Sheps
1997 Universidad Rafael Landivar,“Galería de Arte”, Primera Exposición Grupo Tafhú Sheps
1996 Bienal de Arte Paiz, Obra Seleccionada
1992 Bienal de Arte Paiz, Exposición colectiva

Signature: This artwork is signed by the artist on the front, in the lower right corner.

About VALENZ Sergio Valenzuela

Guatemalan, based in Guatemala City, Guatemala Department, Guatemala

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