Francisco Valverde (b. 1972) was born and raised in Cuernavaca, Mexico, of a Cuban father and Mexican mother. Early in his career, he was known for his work in contemporary figurative painting. While teaching traditional techniques and large-format painting at Morelense Center for the Arts (Centro Morelense de las Artes), Francisco became inspired by his students’ search for their individual expression, which lead to his own quest for a new artistic practice.
Francisco began working on large canvases, using bottle dispensers filled with colorful synthetic materials instead of traditional paints and brushes. His goal was to re-create the essential element within drawing and painting: the line. The resulting lines were imperfect and denied the traditional representative characteristic of a line, or what Francisco describes as “righteousness.” These paintings formed a rhythmic structure in which a certain order was realized. This was the start of his new direction.
Francisco’s current work utilizes plastic materials to build complexity. These paintings utilize powerful lines with direction, suggestive backgrounds, mysterious forms, and varying depths to create a story. Obsession and freedom are two words that Francisco uses to describe his current work: the obsession of daily routine, and the freedom he experimented with as a child drawing and scribbling on a piece of paper for the very first time. He recognizes that perhaps a certain commitment to tradition survives in the
smooth finishes of his paintings. These paintings also remind the artist of the colorful, shiny candies he used to eat as a child at local fairs.
Francisco Valverde obtained a BA in Fine Arts at the University Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has participated in numerous domestic and international solo and group exhibitions, to name some: Rufino Tamayo Biennial, Juan Soriano Museum of Contemporary Art, Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco, Fort Wayne Museum of Art as well as Art Fairs throughout the USA. In 2016 he was awarded 1st prize in the Rufino Tamayo Biennial and became part of their permanent collection, Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Education Bachelor in Fine Arts, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, USA
2020 Hidden Truths, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Forth Wayne, Indiana. USA
2019 (in) organicus, Galerie LeRoyer Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2018 Orden y Caos, NM Arte Contemporaneo, Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico
2018 Material, Julie Zener Gallery, Mill Valley, California. USA
2017 Simulacrum, JLS Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
2015 Francisco Valverde, JLS Gallery, Valle de Bravo, Estado de Mexico, Mexico
2015 Gravita, El Laberinto de los Sentidos Art Gallery, Jardines de Mexico, Jojutla, Morelos, Mexico
2014 Entramados, Galeria Alfredo Ginocchio, Mexico City, Mexico
2007 Lovely Creatures, Mexican Consulate, San Francisco, California. USA
2005 Icono-Hombres, Centro Morelense de las Artes, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
2004 Episodios, Dozsa Muveledesi Haz Cultural Center, Budapest, Hungary
2004 El Mundo de los Dioses, La Habana Art Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
2002 Recorridos por el tiempo, Bellas Artes, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
2002 Recorridos por el tiempo, Praxis Art Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
2001 En Busca de la Palabra, 123 Art Gallery, San Salvador, El Salvador
2001 En Busca de la Palabra, Praxis Art Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
2000 Viajeros, Praxis Art Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
2019 Insitum, ﬁfteen artists on speciﬁc sites, Las Campanas, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
2019 Summer in SOMA, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2019 Latitud, Juan Soriana Museum of contemporary Art, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
2019 Out of Town, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2018 Obra en Obra, in-site architectural intervention, Mexico City, Mexico
2017 Work x 5, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts, USA
2017 Drip n Dry, Slate Contemporary, California, USA
2015 Alter Pop Explosion, NM Art Gallery, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
2015 SMART Art Festival, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
2013 Arte Sana, Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico City, Mexico
2009 No Toxico, Fundidora Park. Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
The Hidden Truths We all as human beings create a persona that we expose to the world in different forms and structures. Hardly anything is truly what it looks like. As some may say: It is all an illusion.
If there is anything that painting can give us, is precisely reveling what lies behind the curtains, the unconscious, or shaping and an invisible energy. When creating, there are more than one truth waiting to be exposed, a process where the material and the spirit meet each other. As creators, we are tempted to ﬁnd the true meaning as an absolute one. Mistaken destiny with a liberation process.
The Hidden Truth, is not a secret, a formula or a number but rather and accumulation of experiences that shape not only us but the world around us. Intuitive decisions that register a certain moment in time and space and in this particular group of paintings, a material experiment that can bring us closer to the the universe that lies behind the curtain.
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