Miami-born artist Amanda Valdes is gaining steam and critical acclaim across South Florida. She claims music to be one of her largest inspirations as she paints the colorful and sometimes despondant “whores in her head.” Think Nightmare Before Christmas and then imagine Sally having a hot and wild little sister. Valdes’ works usually feature a single female subject as she “focuses on female identity and expressing herself through her creations.” Lately she’s been jamming to Billie Holliday, Sky Eats Airplane and Peaches among others. I got a chance to see four paintings she made while Metric blasted through her speakers.
QC mentioned her last week in the Rachel Goodrich post after seeing her paintings behind the stage at the Vagabond night club in Miami. Tonight she’ll be featured as part of a group show at Charcoal Studios a few blocks away at a one night event running from 10PM-5AM. Her primary medium is acrylic on canvas but she mixes in watercolor and spray paint at times. Her work is on display at the Urban Outfitters and Starbucks in Palm Beach (don’t judge, you’d do it too), and she’s progressed to design shoes and clothing (coming soon) which you can check out on her website. Her designs screen printed on t-shirts and scarves could check someone off your x-mas list. If you can wait a 2 months, she’ll customize your pair of classic vans for $200.
She’s a hot commodity through the winter months with scheduled appearances at West Palm Beach’s Art 500 on Clematis Street and a showing at the Bear and Bird Boutique in Lauderhill come January. Entitled Three of a Kind, the exhibition “is a storytelling triptych group show that opens January 17th.” Valdes is a young contemporary artist clearly on the rise. Check out the gallery below to browse some of her creations.