Francisco Valverde

Francisco Valverde was born in 1972 and raised in Cuernavaca, Mexico, of a Cubanfather and Mexican mother. Early in his career, he was known for his work in contemporary figurativepainting.Whileteachingtraditionaltechniquesandlarge-formatpaintingat Morelense Center for the Arts (Centro Morelense de las Artes), Francisco becameinspired by his studentssearch for their individual expression, which lead to his ownquestfora new artistic practice.

 

Francisco began working on large canvases, using bottle dispensers filled with colorfulsynthetic materials instead of traditional paints and brushes. His goal was to re-createthe 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 inwhicha certain orderwas realized.This was the startofhis newdirection.

Franciscos current work utilizes plastic materials to build complexity.

These paintingsutilize powerful lines with direction, suggestive backgrounds, mysterious forms, andvarying depths to create a story.

Obsession and freedom are two words that Franciscouses to describe his current work: the obsession of daily routine, and the freedom heexperimented with as a child drawing and scribbling on a piece of paper for the very firsttime. He recognizes that perhaps a certain commitment to tradition survives in thesmooth finishes of his paintings. These paintings also remind the artist of the colorful,shiny candies he used to eatas a child atlocal fairs.

 

In 2016, Francisco was granted the XVII Bienal de Pintura Rufino Tamayo - Acquisition prize, the most prestigious art recognition in Latin America, among multiple awards recognizing his trajectory as a leading artist shaping Latin American art.

 

Permanent Collections:

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, MX

Fort Wayne Museum of Art,Fort Wayne, IN

Watergate Building,Washington D.C.

Consejo para la Cultura y las Artes de Nuevo Leon (CONARTE), Monterrey, NL

Salma Hayek’s personal collection