Oct 09 – New paintings from Miami artist Kiki Valdes appear for 5 days only at the Roger Smith Hotels new social media experiment, the Pop Up Shop. Reception will be on Thursday, Oct. 22nd 2009 with the artist creating a piece on sight. Time is between 7 – 9pm. It runs from Oct 20 – 25th. The mini show is curated by Melissa Gonzalez and produced by John Knowles & Panman Productions. Special thanks to everyone at the Hotel for making this possible.
Thursday, Oct 22nd 2009
47th Street and Lexington Avenue, Midtown NYC
6pm – 9:45pm
Kiki Valdes was born in Miami. FL at the same downtown hospital Bob Marley passed away just a month after in 1981. He attended the New World School of the Arts high school along with other ambitious classmates Jessica Sutta of Pussycat Dolls and paper artist Jen Stark. He later attended Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. During this time he published with his brother Humby a punk rock, culture and humor underground zine called OpenZine (which later became http://www.facebook.com/l/bc279;www.OpenZine.com, a site where anyone can publish web magazines) During the evenings Kiki would paint in his studio and later on pass out the newsprint publication at mostly punk venues such as CBGB’s in New York and Churchill’s in the inner city of Miami.