I was invited to talk about my work back home at Refresh Charleston. To make it even more familiar and fun the event was held at Blue Ion who are old friends. I spoke about my fine art and Secret Species Project. I talked to some old and new friends afterwards and caught up with a couple of my talented former students.
I was honored to be invited by Dr. Stephanie Danker and Miami University to come to Ohio as a Visiting Artist. This included a solo exhibition and 3 action packed days of talking to students, conducting a workshop, and presenting an artist talk. Everyone was super nice and Miami has a beautiful campus. I've post some more images in my exhibition section. Thanks again to all the great people of Miami.
I was asked to create a large piece for the South Carolina State Museum. The piece features various SC animals and is hanging in the children's play area.
I will selling a whole bunch of new and original paintings at Crafty Feast, December 14 at the Columbia Convention Center. I'll have art priced $10-$150, lowest prices of the year. The event is always a really fun time with tons of cool artists selling perfect holiday presents. They have a DJ and food for a very small cover charge to get in. There are craft stations for kids and I really hope they have Unicorn Poop cookies again. Come find me.
I will giving a talk as part of Pecha Kucha on December 12, 2014 at SOCO in Columbia, SC. Other great speakers will be there and it's always a fun night. Speakers show 2o slides and talk for 20 seconds about each slide. I'm not sure what I am going to speak about yet but it will probably involve illustration, design, art or education. Here's the website for more details and tickets. http://soco-work.com/pechakucha/
Come down and buy new art at the South Carolina State Museum's Fall Festival on September 20, 2014. As soon as I finish this blog post I will start working on a new batch of original art to sell from 10-4 that day. More information can be found right here or read below.
FALL FESTIVAL AND PICKIN’ PARTY
September 20, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
It’s the State Museum’s annual autumn tradition— the Fall Heritage Festival & Pickin’ Party! With mouth-watering barbecue on the menu and some of the best of South Carolina’s musical and traditional folk art talent, guests will enjoy a day filled with fall activities for the whole family!
All activities are FREE with Museum admission or membership unless otherwise noted.
Fore more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 898-4952.
This poster was printed to commemorate the exhibition at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The 18x24 inch poster is a 2 color silkscreen on sturdy 100 pound Cougar paper. The poster was designed and illustrated by Marius Valdes and printed by The Half and Half. Only 50 were printed. The poster is a standard size so you can pop it into a store bought frame in 10 seconds!
The posters are 25 dollars which includes shipping in the USA. You can get one here.
I will have an exhibition of 10 new paintings and 20 ink drawings at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen in Virginia. The show will run from August 21 to September 30, 2014.
I will be posting all original art for sale on Etsy. I just posted 20 new paintings, each only $100. I will be working out the Etsy store in the coming weeks so thanks for your patience in advance if any glitches arise.
I was invited to paint a small mural at the Edventure Children's Museum in Columbia, SC. The event hosted all sorts of artists, engineers, and creative problem solvers. I asked for suggestions of what to paint and the word "space" was thrown around which I interpreted as aliens stooping for a photo op with a cow before they abducted it.
Thanks to Jay and Laura at Edventure for taking good care of me and getting me there for a really fun day. It was nice to meet people interested in my work and to get some new art out in Columbia.
I was invited by the chART organization to paint a mural in Charleston, SC this past weekend as part of one of their great events celebrating public art. I was originally going to paint just one mural over 2 days but once i got the hang of it, I worked pretty quickly and finished one in a day. Geoff Richardson, the leader of the event, offered another space to paint the next day.
It was fun working on a new surface and at a large scale. I brought headphones to listen to music but found it better to listen to the sounds of the hustle and bustle of the area. That was an unexpected perk of working outside in a public space. I had lots of people stop and ask questions and some old friends and students came by to say hello.
You can read more about chART here.
If you went to ZooValdes.com to buy some art you will have noticed it is now closed. I ran Zoo Valdes from 2007-2013 with much success creating animal-based art and design. After working with a new friend and partner, Barry Wheeler, to make the site more of an online shop in 2012, I just felt that it was time to simplify and get back to using just my last name. I will be selling original art and working with commercial clients just as before only I am tweeking things behind the scenes in terms of my business. I will relaunch an online store in the summer of 2014. Thanks to all who supported the "Zoo"!
I had a solo exhibition called " I Live At Zoo Valdes" at Coastal Carolina University outside of Myrtle Beach, SC. The show featured paintings on cardboard, digital prints, and mixed media drawings on paper in different sizes. There are images in the exhibition section of this website. Thanks to gallery director and bad ass artist Jim Arendt for making it the easiest show I have ever been a part of.Read More
Zoo Valdes will be interviewed in a live 1 hour spreecast for Design Recharge by Diane Gibbs on Wednesday, September 26 at 2:30 PM. You can join in on the conversation and ask questions in real time by going to the link below.
Project selected as one of 78 winning designs from top agencies. The Secret Species project, a project developed by Zoo Valdes, was chosen as a Merit winner in the most recent HOW Promotion Design Awards. This highly selective and well-regarded competition sponsored by HOW magazine recognizes outstanding creative work produced by individuals and creative agencies from around the world.
HOW’s editorial and design team evaluated nearly 1,000 entries and selected winning projects that demonstrated an ideal mix of concept, strategy and execution. Entries were judged by type of work (i.e., Designer Promotions, Client Promotions, Personal Promotions) and also by how effectively the design achieved the stated business goals.
All Merit winners will be featured in the September 2012 issue of HOW magazine and will be spotlighted on HOWdesign.com.
About HOW HOW magazine (HOWdesign.com) is the leading business and creativity magazine for graphic designers, whether they work in solo practices, design firms, advertising agencies or in-house groups. HOW sponsors seven design competitions and hosts the largest annual gathering of graphic designers in the U.S., HOW Design Live, in addition to the HOW Interactive Design Conference and the Mind Your Own Business Conference.
Zoo Valdes' Secret Species project is featured in an excellent 3 page article in HOW Magazine. I have been reading this magazine since the late 90's so it was a very special personal accomplishments.
The poster below will be featured in the upcoming typography book Mastering Type: The Essential Guide to Typography for Print and Web Design (formerly known as Letter, Word, Sentence, Paragraph) written by Denise Bosler and published by HOW books. The poster was selected for the use of it's typeface created by Zoo Valdes and Bob Werz at Sketchbook B, which has the font available for free download.