About José Carlos Valencia
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José Carlos Valencia is a classical realist painter and street photographer who is inspired by his visible world, the tradition of Western art, Latin American political culture and the Age of the Enlightenment. His artistic goal is to bring into contemporary art, the philosophical and artistic themes of the Enlightenment by means of the exploration of different places, art techniques, cultures, ideas and fears. Thus, the artist and the photographer emerge into one holistic graphic and diverse expression. From oil painting to digital art, José Carlos' art is inspired on narratives about myths, allegories, syncretism, geomantic and philosophical subjects. While traveling and exploring, his work on street photography focuses mainly in street art, urban landscapes and street portraits as a manifestation of where and when he has been. José Carlos is currently working on two parallel projects: one is his second personal exhibition for next April 2017 called: "Occidentalism, an exotic view of the West" at the Montreal Art Centre in Montreal, Canada; and, D.A.D.A. (De Aquí, De Allá / From Here To There) which is a series of acrylics, designs, mixed media and illustrations under the category of affordable art, created and designed to be shown at art fairs, cafes, bars, restaurants or galleries. D.A.D.A. was presented on November 30 2016 at the 1874 Taproom in Barranco, Lima, where he exposed the 18 different pieces disposed for this expo. His studio is located at the Montreal Art Center in Griffintown, Montreal. Parallel to his artistic work, José Carlos also is a political scientist who focuses on political theory, Latin American political economy, empirical research, international relations and comparative politics. He currently lives in Montreal.