We had the good fortune of connecting with Luis Valle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Luis, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor to my success is my consistent grind and the ability to deliver. I work real hard when I’m on a project and I make sure I’ deliver the best quality product for my client. Making sure the project is done on time and with top quality is of upmost importance. You can be the best artist in the world but if you can’t meet the deadlines than your talent is pointless. Art is a business and like any business deals are expected to be met in the agreed time. When you are able to consistently deliver you build a reputation for yourself which opens many doors for you.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My artistic exploration has seen many stages.. I had early roots in Graffiti during my teenage years. I also painted the sets in High School for my Play production class. I attended Florida State University where I earned a BFA in painting. At FSU I immersed myself in my studio and labs. I did everything from.welding,, printmaking, sculpture and painting with various mediums. After college I worked at a couple of art galleries in Miami which allowed me to learn the ins and out of the art business which school doesn’t really teach. I later went on to receive a M.A degree in painting from NYU. Here I also minored in video art and created a large body of video work. Living in New York allowed me to be exposed to all the museums and art the city had to offer. I started off by selling paintings I would make on the streetS NYC. I would sit down around Broadway and Prince street and make watercolors of female nudes. They would sell pretty good until the police stopped us artist from selling without permits. New York was tough and had its challenges. Art Basel and the early movement in Wynwood brought me back home. It took me a bit to find my place in Miami as I was gone for 5 years and had to learn how to navigate through the art scene. I got some work early on with arts for learning. This allowed me to meet other artist and create a network. I eventually started to meet other locals on the same wavelength. We would formulate our own shows early on.. In 2009 I had the opportunity to open an art gallery in the Design District. I was the director for Lumas an art gallery coming from Germany. I learned tons here about the business of art and made some great connections as well. In 2012 I opened up Brisky gallery as the Director in the Wynwood gallery. This helped open many doors for me. Balancing working at the gallery and working on my art projects started to become too much. We had to close the gallery in 2015 which was a great thing for me. This allowed me to put 100% of my energy now into my own work with all of this knowledge and experience I gained. I guess at the end I feel like always being involved in art one way or another has helped me get where I’m at. It’s consistently surrounding yourself with like minded individuals who are gonna push you and bring the best out of you. There are many obstacles along the way but taking consistent baby steps is the key. One day you will find yourself up and running.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love Miami. I grew up here and know many great spots. It’s gonna be tough to only mention a few but here we go. Virginia key state park is one of my favorite places to get away while you are still in Miami. You can spend the whole day there. Obviously if you are in town you have to check out Wynwood as it is a unique place with lots of bars and restaurants and plenty of people watching. If you need to un wind go to the Russian Turkish baths. You can unwind there and you have beach access. One of the nicest scenic drives in Miami is to drive down Old Cutler road. Yo are surrounded by canaopies of Cypress trees and mansions. Miami has tons of little hole in the wall place to eat for 5-10$. Places like Adelitas , The Roti shack, Yambos and Clydes are hidden gems with great food. But to really see Miami you have to get on the water. Wether it’s in a kayak, paddle board, dinghy or a boat. Miami is best appreciated when you can get on a watercraft.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Man, my artistic career has had many great mentors that have helped pave the way. This is gonna be a long list of shoutouts. I’m starting from Elementary school. Shoutout to Mrs . Button my 2nd grade teacher who told my mom that I was going to be an artist when I grew up, Shoutout to Heist who I started doing graffiti with in my teenage years. Shout out to my high school art teacher Mr. Isenberg from CCHS,. He was great mentor. and inspiration. Shout out to the late Ed Love the head of my the art department while at FSU.. Shoutout to my painting instructor Mark Mezzersmith from FSU. Shout out to Rosie Gordon Wallace who believed in my work early on. Shout out to Barbara Gilman who taught me tons. Shoutout to Peter Campus from NYU who always believe in my work. Shoutout to The Miami Children’s Museum. Shoutout to Arts for learning Miami. Shout out to the Wynwood Artwalk. Shoutout to Jose Alonso from Alonso Art, Shoutout to Irreversible Magazine For all that you do. Shoutout to Susana Baker for always pushing my work. Shout out to the late Ronnie Cruz who always believed in me.. Shoutout to anybody who has helped me in any way along my artistic path. Last but not least shoutout to all the amazing artist out there grinding and doing amazing work, my peers which inspire me to be the best artist I can be, I love you!
Images courtesy of the artist