Manolo Valdés (Valencia, 1942)
Queen Mariana, 2000
Bronze 85/5 Statuesque. 7,3 x 4,9 x 7,6 m
Location: Bulevar Salvador Allende
Velazquez’s work has inspired painters of his time, but also, contemporary artists as in the case of Manolo Valdés. The portrait of Queen Mariana is a paint who Manolo Valdés has reinterpreted in a numerous occasions in his trayectory, demystifying, pulling it out of context and giving a new vision, actual and casual, of an artistic iconic.
The monumental queen reappears simplified, reduced to his basics forms, but at the same time charged of expressive strength. The texture is important for this artist and it is a connexion point between his painter facet and sculptor. Once done the volume, he searches stains and the accidents of the material and highlights the cracks, the imperfections. The scale is a expressive resource who allows us to consider new perspectives and views of the work.