Robert Valdes' moody explorations in painting have an elusive foggy quality that bespeaks a romantic attachment to the subjects he depicts. While attuned with the sensibilities of painters of the Romantic Era of the eighteenth century, Valdes uses light and shadow in a manner reminiscent of the trompe l'oeil effect of Renaissance painting. Using a metaphoric language, Valdes examines levels of significance in seemingly ordinary things.
Robert Valdes was born in the Bronx, New York in 1942. He studied at the Art Students League, the School of Visual Arts, and Parsons School of Design. He has exhibited widely across the United States. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant as well as many artist residencies. His work is in the collections of the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase and the New York Public Library Print Collection, among others.