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Happy People


MEDIUM

Acrylic, Graphite on Canvas

DIMENSIONS (H x W)

29 x 29 in
74 x 74 cm

ARTWORK LOCATION

Artspace Warehouse (Los Angeles)

US$ 2,500

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About

Sergio Valenzuela “Valenz” is a contemporary Guatemalan artist who tells stories with everyday objects, primarily expressing them with graphite and acrylic on canvas. His artworks prominently feature elements such as chairs, ladders, and beds. These recognizable structures serve as a way for the artist to signify the opportunities, growth and dreams we all carry as individuals.

This 29 inch square yellow, orange and grey artwork is wired and ready to hang. The sides of this original artwork are painted as a continuation of the front. It does not require framing. It is signed by the artist on the front of the artwork. Artspace Warehouse offers free local Los Angeles area delivery. Affordable Continental US and global shipping is available. A certificate of authenticity issued is included.

Valenz was born in Guatemala in 1970. He graduated from Universidad Galileo de Guatemala with a major in Communications with a concentration in Education. He is a graphic designer, creative director, publicist, as well as a professor, teaching university courses on creativity, advertising, and graphic design at his alma mater.

His first group show was at the Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala City, in 1992. Since that time Valenz has be featured in over eighty group shows and thirty solo exhibitions in South America and around the world. Among numerous recognitions and awards he was selected as the winner of the “Young Artist” award in 2005, and granted a scholarship to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Valen. His works are exhibited in the French Allegiance of Guatemala, Forma Museum of El Salvador, private collections in Guatemala, Central America, Europe, Mexico, and the United States of America.

Valenz tells stories with everyday objects. “By using elements such as chairs, ladders, beds, monocycles, trapeze artists, swings, machines… it is a way of telling stories about life. The chairs signify, according to the context, opportunities and the patience required for them to step into our lives. The ladders represent our desire to climb, to continue our personal growth. Beds represent periods when we sleep and dream, things we cannot share with anyone else. Playful characters are representative of the uniqueness and singularity of each of the moments that we experience throughout our lifetimes, and the game that life is. Painting is my life.”

Valenz uses a graphite pencil as an instrument that reiterates messages across his works. Proposals surge from previous ideas and views, and are redrawn over and over on translucent papers, which offer us the opportunity to construct in our minds the storyline of his works and interpret what their meaning is. When combined with his playful figures, they create systems where they interact in an all-encompassing environment. His figures represent the uniqueness of our experience. The less permanent nature of pencil allows him to continually rework his compositions until his distinctly illustrated figures begin take on a life of their own. These events occur within the walls of certain living spaces, which nevertheless are part of a greater interconnected system.


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Sergio Valenzuela

Sergio “VALENZ” Valenzuela was born in Guatemala in 1970. VALENZ graduated from Universidad Galileo de Guatemala with a major in Communications with a concentration in Education. He is a graphic designer, creative director, publicist, as well as a professor, teaching university courses on creativity, advertising, and graphic design at his alma mater.

His first group show was at the Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala City, in 1992. Since then he has be featured in over 80 group shows and 30 solo exhibitions in South America and around the world. Among numerous recognitions and awards he was selected as the winner of the “Young Artist” award in 2005, and granted a scholarship to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. His works are exhibited in the French Allegiance of Guatemala, Forma Museum of El Salvador, private collections in Guatemala, Central America, Europe, Mexico, and the United States of America.


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