has something to say; I just prefer to communicate with
metal or paint."
Western abstract figures define the unique artwork of
Manny Valenzuela. Whether he is working in three dimensions
or two, these singular and iconographic figures present
visual metaphors which hold both personal and global meaning.
A dynamic Contemporary artist, Valenzuela draws on historical
influences as well as life experiences to inform his
paintings and sculpture. When he paints it is in acrylic
paint on canvas; his sculptures are of welded steel.
The forms captured in both follow his penchant for elongated
figures presented in a minimalist style which convey
his intent with very little distraction. Bright colors
and textures are characteristics of much of his work.
The textures in his acrylic paintings often mirror his
"I mainly work with western figures because of the
poetic lifestyle they [represent]. It appears simple yet
contains a complexity that goes beyond what seems obvious,” Valenzuela
explains. “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.”
His abstract sculptures and abstract paintings are inspired
by his colorful heritage. "Many of my paintings
are metaphors of personal relationships that convey a
message using western influences,” Valenzuela notes. “I
love using my artwork to express that special bond between
a parent and his/her kids.” Valenzuela’s
canvases often capture lone figures as well, a western
icon in itself. Often the form of a man in a wide-brimmed
hat and the slim trouser legs of that bygone era or the
suggested shape of a long duster caught in the wind.
A row of “pistoleros” figure in one painting,
a mother and child in another, a couple in love in yet
Collectors have been known to purchase not only a painting
but a steel sculpture of similar form to stand beside
it; the painted figures now appear to come right off
the canvas. Valenzuela’s work lends itself uniquely
well to a decorator’s inspiration.
A Contemporary touch coupled with Southwestern flavor – that
is Manny Valenzuela’s artwork.