Miami native Amanda Valdes, 27, is a mainstay on the art scene. Her iconic macabre style is instantly recognizable and her impact has spread internationally. Valdes’ art focuses on the female identity, primarily drawing inspiration from the dolls in her head. The sirens who fill her works are typically manufactured with acrylic paint, at times deconstructed with peroxide or embellished with pieces of broken mirror. She often uses spray paint, colored pencil, ink and watercolor as well. Valdes attended Florida Atlantic University and studied at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Her first solo exhibition debuted at the young age of 18. Valdes lives in South Florida with her husband and two dogs.
Amanda completed one piece in Dubuque titled “Cut Flowers” located at 398 Main St in the alley between 3rd and 4th St. She drew her inspiration for the piece from the natural wildflowers native to the tri-state area. Her bright and vibrant style helped completely transform the space behind Capri College from a otherwise bland and dirty alley to a glowing artway rich with new energy.