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Jorge A. Valdes

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Jorge A. Valdes (JAVA), a self-taught artist, is a Cuban-American artist living in New York since 1992 & a graduate from Columbia University.  His art has been featured in various galleries & exhibits in Italy, Cuba & the USA. JAVA was the selected artist for the 2009 annual campaign of National Payroll Week, participated in the Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum exhibit “Reclaimed” & was featured in a documentary about himself by DEVA International Film. He is also an accomplished writer with published poetry in "Not Black and White" (Plain View Press, 1966) & specialized magazines.

JAVA works in the mediums of painting, sculpture & mosaic. Most of his mosaics and paintings reflect the images of his childhood, the sea, scenic landscapes and childlike icons. The characters and townscapes exhibit such great emotion, vivacity & soul that they appear to have come from a child's fantasy.

The artist's sculptures & found object assemblages are just as expressive and representative of his Cuban heritage. In a discussion about his Santeria show at Franklin 54 Gallery JAVA states, "Not only do I receive joy from recycling material that would normally be considered trash and making it into beautiful shapes but I also feel free when creating such works." The many dimensions and combinations of several types of media lead to endless possibilities for JAVA which is something very representative of his life in general.

His passion for recycling continues in mosaic art with the use of broken china. JAVA always had an attraction to glass & china from his childhood when he searched the dumps for hidden treasures. That passion continues today as he transforms broken plates & mugs into pieces of art...whether to hang on a wall, install in a business or home or teach in a school. JAVA feels considers this planet a gift that should be treasured and celebrated. "Our physical existence may cease after hundreds or even thousands of years but our presence does not if we create from our soul."

JAVA works & teaches from his studio on the border of BedStuy & Clinton Hill & has been an active member of SONYA (South of Navy Yard Artists) for 6 years.

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