Oceanic Eyes, 2010-11
Solar Plate Etching, Ed. 25
12.5” x 21.5”
- Julio Valdez established a fine art printmaking studio specializing in contemporary and safe non-toxic printing techniques in New York City in 1994. Inspired by the teachings of his mentor, the master printer and artist Robert Blackburn, the studio serves as a place for creative collaboration and experimentation, where artists of all levels of experience can nurture, learn and share their creative vision. In addition to offering workshops, lectures and classes nationally and internationally, Julio Valdez Studio has also organized and collaborated in presenting influential traveling printmaking exhibitions, such as Silk Aquatint: Painterly Graphics and The Solarplate Revolution, among others.
“Julio Valdez’s printed oeuvre attests to the significant role that printmaking can play in an artist’s career. The texture, tonalitya and layering of Valdez’s prints-as well as the physicality of his processes-are linked to the meaning and symbolism of his work. Although two dimensional, Valdez’s prints are anything but flat. The ink, paper, and complex matrices compressed under the weight of the press create intricate lines and textured surfaces that are tactile. Throughout his career, Valdez has consistently engaged print processes that appeal to the tough as much as to sight.”
Judith B. Hecker, Assistant Curator
Dept of Prints & Illustrator Book
Museum of Modern Art, New York