Approved: 16.08.2006

Andrea Kim Valdez

Artist, Curator, Arts administrator, Project manager, Event organiser

Approved: 16.08.2006

I am a sculptor and a founder and organising member of the Crouch End Open Studios for the past ten years. I am now taking an organisational back seat and concentrating on my own work whilst focusing my curating interests and skills on a new exhibiting project, Front Room Art. 

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Curating, Events management, Web development
  • Categories: Digital, Drawing, Installation, Mixed Media, Sculpture
  • Tags: crouch end open studios, sculpture, amazonas, ecos de la selva, warbaby, acrylic sculpture, environment, Front Room Art, the unknown artist






      I am a sculptor and a founder and organising member of the Crouch End Open Studios for the past ten years. I am now taking an organisational back seat and concentrating on my own work whilst focusing my curating interests and skills on a new exhibiting project, Front Room Art. 

      My sculpture is varied in both materials and concept, ranging from installation, commissioned outdoor works, to smaller ceramic or wooden works, usually of a semi-abstract nature.

      Recent work explores the use of Fluorescent Acrylic sheet as an expressive material.

      I also draw extensively and have used original drawings and photographs to create on an iPad  ‘Las Amazonas’, a series of layered images available as digital prints.

      I write and tweet regularly about art under the pseudonym of ‘The Unknown Artist’  - an identity I assumed after making a full size acrylic sheet sculpture of Albert Turpin, an artist well known the 1930’s as an artist of the ‘East London Group’ whose work disappeared from history until resurrected by the recent book ’ From Bow to Biennale’ by David Buckman.

      The following articles can be read at this link – Artlyst blogs
      ‘Vivre Le Lieu’ – sculpture at the village of Ozenay, France
      Michael Craig Martin must be reading my blog! Sculpture at the RA Summer Exhibition.
      Juan Uslé and Richard Deacon at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
      Art, Science or Boyle Family? ….and Anaïs Tondeur, Nuuk Island, 2014 . A trip to the Jerwood gallery at Hastings
      Dumas and Kiefer- Reflections on their work following their London exhibitions
      Subterranean Sculpture Shock – Lynn Dennison at The Rotherhithe Shaft
      Rain, Hail, Snow- adventures in ‘ddr limited’ Central Berlin
      Three Days in Valencia: Picasso watching Television.
      Three Days in Valencia: IVAM- El Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno-
      Three days in Valencia: A surprise at the Museo de Bellas Artes.
      The Three M’s – Mortality, Motivation and Meaning in the life of an Artist
      Not just for Christmas- the economics of the artist
      ‘The Importance of a Title’- a visit to the UpDown Gallery, Ramsgate

      Earlier articles can be found on the Facebook notes of The Unknown Artist including the series on ‘The Unknown Artist investigates the Restorative Powers of Art at the Seaside’


      CV & Education


      Group Exhibitions
      2016 Shortlisted for Ibero-American Arts Award
      2016 Discerning Eye
      2015 Paint and Pixels Avondale Gallery
      2014 ArtGemini Prize
      2013 Worcester Open 2013
      2013 24 Artists CEOS Group Show
      2012 ‘Points of Departure’ Original Gallery
      2011  Discerning Eye
      2011 CEOS Group show, Original Gallery
      2009 Contemporary British Art, Millinery Works Gallery, London
      2009 Twenty Curator and Exhibitor, Original Gallery, London
      2009 Drawntogether, 28 Redchurch Street, London E2
      2008 Hornsey Town Hall Curator and exhibitor of group show including sculpture, site specific installation, film and sound
      2007  ‘Small is Beautiful’ Curator and Exhibitor Royal Academy Schools Gallery  
      2005 Crouch End Open Studios Inaugural Exhibition, John Jones Gallery, Finsbury Park, London
      1998 'Art Select' at Battersea Arts Centre
      1998 Millfield Summer Show and Open/Invitational Exhibition
      1997 Gillingham Open Art Exhibition
      1997 Jelly Leg’d Chicken Arts Gallery
      1995 Millfield Summer Show and Open/Invitational Exhibition
      1995 Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award Exhibition, Auckland, New Zealand
      1995 Salthouse Gallery, St Ives
      1994 Battersea Art Fair
      1993 60th Annual Exhibition, National Society of Painters, Sculptors and  Printmakers


      Solo exhibitions

      2016  ‘On the Edge of Beauty’ The Crouch End Gallery
      2014 ‘The Studio Of the Unknown Artist’ Installation Sandringham Gardens
      2013  ‘Wilderness’ NorthSouthIdeas Gallery, Highgate
      2012  ‘Ecos de Las Amazonas’ Sandringham Gardens
      2011   ‘Ecos de La Selva’, Crouch End Open Studios
      2010   ‘Birth of the Innocents’ Hornsey War Memorial, London
      2009   ‘Drawing Moving Visions’ St Pauls Cathedral and Sandringham Gardens
      2008-2005 Crouch End Open Studios exhibitions at my studio

      Residency, Research Projects and Other Work

      2011 Research and Drawing project in the Amazon rainforest, Colombia
      2010 Selector for Barnet Open
      2009 Selector for Barnet Open
      2008 Drawing Residency at the Rambert School of Dance
      2008/2009 ‘Drawing Moving Visions’ St Paul’s Cathedral, Rambert School of Dance
      2004 Kim Valdez founded the Crouch End Open Studios and continues to organise this event.
      2000 Sculpture Residency, Far North Queensland, Australia.
      1998 Multimedia computer animation ‘Full Fathom Five’ from ‘The Tempest’
      1998 Essex County Council ‘Artists in Education’ bursary 

      2011 Ceramic fountain for a Roof Garden, St Johns Wood
      2006 Ceramic fountain for garden in Ilfracombe

      Education and Awards
      1991 Owen Rowley Memorial Prize for the best work or works in the Final Year show.
      1991 1st Prize in Sculpture Class for the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Worker