Manny Valenzuela Painting, "Distant Thunder"

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Manny Valenzuela

Durango, Colorado Artist, of Mexican descent

Manny is a dynamic, Contemporary Artist, whose work is inspired by his colorful Hispanic heritage.His work is about life as represented by one or more Gauchos.  “Many of my works are metaphors of personal relationships that use a Gaucho cowboy to convey the message.” Bright colors and textures are mixed in a contemporary fashion creating a unique interpretation of the world around us.  “Everyone has something to say I just prefer to communicate with metal or paint.”

“I mainly work with the Gaucho figure because it is representative of my rich heritage.  The art appears simple yet contains a complexity that goes beyond what seems obvious. I love creating paintings that stir emotion. It's a great feeling to know you've touched someone’s heart or put a smile on their face. My style is minimalistic because of its ability to deliver the message with very little distraction. Some of the designs are derived from childhood memories and others represent my relationship with my own parents or kids.”  Living in a rural setting has sparked new subjects such as Country Structures and Animals.  Using the same proven mediums and techniques these new subjects are designed to please.

Personal life experiences influence his designs. A contemporary touch coupled with a southwestern flair is evident in his artwork. His contemporary abstract pieces consist of visual metaphors, symbolizing both personal and global representations.

Distant Thunder

8 x 8

Framed Acrylic on Canvas