Hidden Truths: New Paintings by Francisco Valverde
February 22 - August 30, 2020
Francisco Valverde was born and raised in Cuernavaca, Mexico, to 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), Valverde became inspired by his students’ search for their individual expression, which led to his own quest for a new artistic practice.
Valverde began working on large canvases, using bottle dispensers filled with colorful synthetic materials to create his compositions 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 characteristic of a line, or, what Valverde describes as “righteousness.” These paintings formed a rhythmic structure in which a certain order was realized. This was the start of his new artistic direction.
Valverde’s current work utilizes plastic materials to build complexity. These paintings employ powerful lines with direction, suggestive backgrounds, mysterious forms, and varying depths to create a story. Obsession and freedom are two words that Valverde uses to describe his current work: specifically, 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 works of art also remind the artist of the colorful, shiny candies he used to eat as a child at local fairs.
Valverde earned a BA in Fine and Decorative Arts at the University Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has exhibited at numerous American and international institutions, such as the Soriano Museum of Contemporary Art and the Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San FranciscoIn 2016, he was awarded first prize in the Rufino Tamayo Biennial and became part of the museum’s permanent collection.
This exhibition has been curated by Amanda Shepard, FWMoA Vice President & COO.