Cristobal Valecillos

Artist’s Statement
My art form involves an innovative concept of using raw cardboard and paper, born out of a desire to create art without generating waste. This led to my inspiration to use everyday materials that are around us and craft something beautiful with them. I had a vision and invited a group of artists to collaborate with me and put together this photo shoot. I gave these elements a second chance to come alive and be a part of this unusual exhibition.
The elements I used include paper and boxes in a variety of shapes, from large pizza boxes to cereal boxes and shopping bags. I gave all these materials to my talented team and together we handcrafted what I used in front of the lens. The combination of smooth and rough textures gives the final pieces depth and character.
I started my career in the advertising field, moved on to the motion picture industry and now evolved into making stills. This is an exciting new chapter in my career as an artist, and my goal is to show people that fashion is not only about consuming and wasting; we can bring forth inspired art into the world by recycling. Rather than creating waste, I am converting it into beauty, and I am reminded that we can express ourselves in extraordinary ways by using the most basic elements.
Born and raised in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Now lives and works in Santa Monica
1992 Sorbonne, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Paris, France

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2017 Form Art Fair, Miami, FL
2017 Timothy Yarger Gallery and The Getty Foundation, One More Dance, Los Angeles, CA
2015 The McLoughlin Gallery, American Family, San Francisco, CA
2013 American Family, The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 If So What Fair, San Francisco, CA
2017 Los Angeles Fine Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
2015 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Sidney, AUS
2013 Galerie Mondapart, Paris France
2013 Context, Miami, FL
2012 Context, Miami, FL
2012 Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston, TX
2012 Art Aspen, Aspen, CO
2012 Alta Temperatura, The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 Accessible Art Fair, Milan, Italy
2011 Burst Art Fair, Miami, FL

Best Curatorial Award, Accessible Art Fair 2012, Milan, Italy

Private Collections
Judi and Alan Altman, Aspen, CO
Abigail and Daniel Ciscomani, Houston, TX
Peter Eriksson, Miami FL and Sweden
Dora Kadisha, Beverly Hills, CA
Mike Kurzman, Scottsdale, AZ
Mike and Anita Thomas, Atlanta, GA
Alexis Weinberg, Miami, FL
Stephen Macriocostas, Miami, FL


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