Walfrido Valera

Cuban artist based on sweden

I am an artist who captures moments and feelings. Behind my motives there is a story; the motive is often a pretext. I think that art modifies and helps to understand life, therefore my art is not only an object to hang but I propose reflections. My mission is to evoke emotions, memories, and plant fantasies, provoke an encounter with your own. Arts with feelings that connect you with your soul. If you are one of those who likes to contemplate life, travel to your inner and build dreams, then my work connects with you. My work is playful and spontaneous and its characters and motives will guide you on an introspective journey. I was born on the Island of Youth and then I moved to Havana before settling in Stockholm. Spending my childhood surrounded by books and nature it became part of my inspiration. Sometimes I feel that child when my house was a boat and my island the whole world. Literature and drawing have impassioned me since my childhood but it was the art school and the architecture studies that trained me artistically. The process is fundamental in my work, is to throw up, like emptying myself of accumulated and fermented ideas. I like diversity and development so I keep innovating with different materials and techniques. Now I am focused on sharing my cultural experience with my community, participating in events, fairs and art exhibitions. But you can always find me there, in my atelier, doing what I like most, enjoying the process.

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BIOGRAPHY.

CURRICULUM

Walfrido Valera was born in the mythical "Treasure Island", today called "Isla de la Juventud", in Cuba, on May 10, 1973. Being his mother teacher of literature motivated him to read from an early age, stimulating his creativity that it became school books full of drawings instead of subjects.

At the age of 11, he began artistic education at the Leonardo
Luberta vocational art school that lasted 4 years and then began high school for college, to
finally graduate as an architect in 1996 in Havana City. His professional career was linked to his artistic production, including his own murals, paintings and sculptures in his projects. It was in 2012 where he decided to devote himself
completely to the plastic arts by opening his own workshop gallery in Old Havana.
In his artistic career in Cuba he has more than a dozen exhibitions. Exhibiting even at the José Martí memorial in Havana. In 2005, he won the contest for the poster of the movie
“Iluminados por el fuego”, by Tristán Bauer and in 2006 he received the first place of the Martian national society in the Martiano National Hall.
Since 2016 he lives in Stockholm, Sweden where he has his own gallery and continues to make exhibitions.

  • Elementary level graduate. Vocational art school: "Leonardo Luberta".

  • Architecture graduate 1996. ISPJAE architecture faculty

  • Yeti Artistic community member.

  • Collective exhibition. Theater of the ISPJAE 1995.

  • Collective exhibition. "La Ceiba" Gallery, Playa Municipal Theater, October 30, 2002.

  • Collective exhibition. "La Ceiba" Gallery, November 30, 2002.

  • Collective exhibition in the gallery "Rene Portocarrero", national theater, for the 150th anniversary of the birth of José Martí, in January 2003.

  • Collective exhibition in the UNEAC gallery, June 2003.

  • Collective exhibition in the gallery of the C.E.N.I.C (National Center for Scientific Research)

  • Collective exhibition in New York.

  • Collective exhibition at the House of the Methodologist in October 2005.

  • Winner of the contest for the realization of the poster of the film awarded at the 27the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. (ICAIC)

  • Martian National Society Award at the Martiano National Salon. 2006

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