Eddie Valentine

b.1958

"Deconstructive" artist Eddie Valentine, Creative Director at Taste Studios SF has an extraordinary eye, and highly developed skills enhanced by a vivid imagination. "Mister Taste" creates a whimsical mixed media population of free standing and wall sculptures incorporating salvaged "Stuff" including broken toy parts and jewelry, to various scraps of wood, plastic fabric and metals. Once sculpted and assembled he coats his figures with a shiny and glittery veneer adding yet another mesmerizing dimension to an already complex provocative work of art. Every "character' or object he renders has a unique personality and spirit drawing in the viewers to study every last detail. Whether he's working in 2D or 3D formats be assured that Eddie will capture your attention. Eddie who’s exhibited his work on both east and west coasts is a member of and represented by Visual AIDS NYC, an organization helping artists with life-threatening illnesses to continue their work like Eddie a long term HIV survivor of 28 years and counting. He received his formal education at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising/FIDM Los Angeles and the San Francisco Art Institute between 1976-1982. Receiving a grant from the Department of Rehabilitation and Positive Resource Center 2003-2010 he continued his art education at The Academy Art College.Eddie Valentine is also a known Hair and Make-up expert who has worked locally and internationally in both the fashion and beauty industries. Follow Eddie on FB by “Liking” his Taste Studios SF page wwwfacebook.com/tastestudios/ and on Instagram as #mistertaste. 

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Artist Statement: "TASTE" How does one “TASTE” art? Do you absorb it through your eyes, ears and minds, then through your stomach or is it a way of life, choices and opinions? Is it a culinary delight just to be looked at as it is displayed along the banqueted white walls of a finely decorated pastry shop or a gallery of gluttony? Like Charlie the Tuna from the golden age of television commercials liked to say; “ Do I have good taste or do I just taste good?”. Eddie Valentine’s assemblage, mixed media and site installations transport your palates to foreign destinations of historic “cultural” significance like race and skin color, current political events, issues dealing with “Queerness” or just right out blatant sexual innuendo. Your first course could come in the form of a South American boat sailing away to freedom away from Colonial collisions. Your second course might transport you in a 3D box of jeweled notions or breaking bread with the Virgin Mary. Hmmm now for the final course, let’s have fun and taste “Star 69”, oh my I can’t finish my “Blow Up Girl” in a metal caged plate, ooh she tastes so good. Waiter, waiter, may I have her to go please? Mr. Valentine’s works are so filling with their shiny veneers and staged displays that they require you to savor his work very, very slowly. You can’t be in a hurry to savor his delectable delights. Now is there room for dessert? Enjoy!

Eddie [email protected] Studios SF

601 O’Farrell St. # 401

San Francisco, CA 94109

Home/Work 415-928-4968

Cell 415-741-7421

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"Deconstructive" artist Eddie Valentine, Creative Director at Taste Studios SF has an extraordinary eye, and highly developed skills enhanced by a vivid imagination. "Mister Taste" creates a whimsical mixed media population of free standing and wall sculptures incorporating salvaged "Stuff" including broken toy parts and jewelry, to various scraps of wood, plastic fabric and metals. Once sculpted and assembled he coats his figures with a shiny and glittery veneer adding yet another mesmerizing dimension to an already complex provocative work of art. Every "character' or object he renders has a unique personality and spirit drawing in the viewers to study every last detail. Whether he's working in 2D or 3D formats be assured that Eddie will capture your attention.

Eddie who’s exhibited his work on both east and west coasts is a member of and represented by Visual AIDS NYC, an organization helping artists with life-threatening illnesses to continue their work like Eddie a long term HIV survivor of 28 years and counting. He received his formal education at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising/FIDM Los Angeles and the San Francisco Art Institute between 1976-1982. Receiving a grant from the Department of Rehabilitation and Positive Resource Center (2003-2010) he continued his art education at The Academy Art College.

Eddie Valentine is also a known Hair and Make-up expert who has worked locally and internationally in both the fashion and beauty industries. Follow Eddie on FB by “Liking” his wwwfacebook.com/tastestudios page and on Instagram as #mistertaste.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

February 2017 “VINYL RIOT” Group Show curated by [email protected] Riot Gallery and Record Store, San Francisco.

January 2017 Visual AIDS 19th Annual “POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE” Auction and Sales. Group Show hosted by Metro Pictures, NYC.

May-June 2016 “NEW RELIGION” 2 Man Show curated by Solis. The Ramp [email protected] San Francisco.

January 2016 Visual AIDS 18th Annual “POSTCARDS FROM THE EGDE” Auction and Sales. GroupShow hosted by SIKKEMA JENKINS & Co. NYC

November 2015 “MISSION: HEROES UNITED...BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE” Group Show curated by [email protected] Eric Quezada Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco.

September 2015 SF Punk Renaissance:FINAL WARNING Solo Show/Site installation.and Assemblage. Curated by Ruby Ray and Kathaleen [email protected] Verdi Club, San Francisco.

July 2015 Fiestas Frida’s “DISSECTING FRIDA” A 21st Century Interpretation of Frida Kahlo/Day of the Dead. Group Show curated by [email protected] Kat Gallery ,SF.

May 2015 “SF Punk Renaissance:EARLY WARNING” Group Show/Spoken Word/Performance Artist and Speaker playfully reciting Chaucer’s “Parliament of Fowls”. Ruby Ray and Kathaleen Landino curators. The Emerald Tablet, San Francisco. 

January 2015 “BODY AS FORM AND VICE VERSA”On-Line Group Show curated by Chris Stiegler for VisualAIDS NYC,The Universe.

November-December 2014 “FRIDAY THE 13th West 25th ANNIVERSARY” Group Show Curated by Nelson [email protected] Joe Goode Annex, Project Artuad, San Francisco.

November 2013-January 2014. “QUEER: The Now” Group Show curated by Seth [email protected] Medanos College Gallery. Antioch, California.

April-May 2013 “QUEER ANCESTORS PROJECT” Group Show curated by Katie [email protected] Gallery, San Francisco.

March-May 2013 “CRUCIFIXATION” Group show curated by Annie [email protected] Gallery, San Francisco.

January-February 2012 “mechanical voyages...a night of exploration” Group show curated by [email protected] 1044 Gallery, San Francisco.

October 2011 “1st Thursday’s Lower Polk Street Art Walk” Sneak Peek for upcoming group show “mechanical voyages...launching 1.6.2012” Curated by [email protected] 1044 Gallery, San Francisco.

October 2010 “LITTLE GEMS” Keeping Art Alive. Group show Curated by Mathias [email protected] Gallery and Framing, San Francisco.

June 2005 “Erotica” Group show curated by Justin [email protected] Shooting Gallery, San Francisco

December 2004-January 2005 “LIVING PROOF” Visual Aid Group Show. Curated by Kimberly Babb and Mia [email protected] Gallery, San Francisco.

June 2004 “TRANSITIONS/TRANSICIONES” Queer LATINO/A Arts Festival Group Show. Curated by Valentin [email protected] Gallery, San Francisco.

August 2003 ”SPICE” 2nd Annual Group Show, Sponsored by Visual Aid. Curated by Stephen [email protected] Katherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

June 2003 “Erotica” Group Show Curated by Justin [email protected] Shooting Gallery, San Francisco.

June 2003 “FUCKING WITH AIDS/CHINGANDO CON SiDA” National Queer Arts Festival Group Show Curated by Javier [email protected], San Francisco.

September-November 2003 “THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WOMEN OF COLOR” One Man Show Curated by April Chartrand [email protected] African American Gallery, San Francisco Main Library.

November 2003-2010 “BIG DEAL”Visual Aids Annual Art Sale and Fundraiser. Curated by Julie [email protected] San Francisco.

October-December 2003 “VIRGINS, SAINTS, SINNERS AND WHORES” One Man Show Curated by Javier [email protected] Gallery, San Francisco.

December 2002-January 2003 “FRIDAY THE 13th" Group Show curated by Benny and Suzanne [email protected] West Gallery, San Francisco.

May 2002 “TASTE” Solo Show at the New Black Gallery. Curated by Eddie Valentine and Scott J. Owen, San Francisco.

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