Luis Valle (El Chan Guri)

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Luis Valle aka El Chan Guri, is a Nicaraguan artist born April 16, 1977 in Managua, Nicaragua.  At an early age his family was exiled to the U.S. due to war and political instability in his homeland. Valle’s family re-located to Miami, Florida where he was raised and received his primary education.  While growing up in Miami, Luis excelled in the arts from an early age and then received formal training from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida where he earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in visual arts, focusing on painting and metal fabrication. He later went on to receive a Masters in Arts Degree from New York University, where he developed an interest in videography. While in New York, Luis explored and developed a series of video works in addition to working on various independent art films and projects.

The ever-growing Miami art scene brought Luis back to Miami where he then developed a large body of work.  Valle immersed himself in the local scene working closely with community and local organizations such as Arts For Learning Miami, the Miami Children’s Museum, The Miami Dade Library Systems, Boys and Girls Club of Miami, The Overtown Youth Center, Dade County Public Schools, The Art Experience, Giants in the City and Irreversible Projects, among many others. He also worked closely with several of the city’s art galleries and studios curating and producing exhibits and events. Luis was the co-founder of Brisky Gallery Miami where he served as the gallery’s Curator and Director in addition to exhibiting his work.  Luis currently lives and works in Miami and is very active on the Miami art scene creating commissioned murals, as well as street art works for businesses and neighborhoods throughout South Florida.  His style can be easily recognized and is a blend of influences from indigenous culture, psychology, shamanism, religion, spirituality, frequency, vibration and energy. Luis is respected as a staple within the Miami art community. Valle believes that spirituality has been lost in the mix of commercialism and fashion in art. He strives to reveal the essence of the soul in his artwork and states that, “humans are inherently spiritual beings who are here to realize the self and fulfill their destiny”.

Ascension, (2011), 40 x 60 inches,
mixed media on canvas

El Toro, (2013), 37.5 x 24 inches,
acrylic on paper,

Royal Condor, (2014), 30 x 48 inches,
mixed media on canvas

Salvation (2009), 48 x 48 inches,
mixed media on canvas

Tree Of Knowledge Seduces A Peacock (2016), 4 x 7 feet,
mixed media on wooden panel

Blue, (2006), 19 x 19 inches,
mixed media on restaurant linen

Internal Adaptation, (2007), 19 x 20 inches,
mixed media on restaurant linens

Metamorphosis, (2005), 36 x 53 inches,
mixed media on canvas

Naturalistic, (2006), 19 x 19 inches,
mixed media on restaurant linen

Primordial Mischief, (2006), 60 x 40 inches,
oil on canvas

Redemption, (2005), 62 x 38 inches,
oil on canvas

Sound Boy Burial, (2000), 11 x 11 inches,
oil on wood

Status Of The Apparatus, (2007), 19 x 20 inches,
mixed media on restaurant linens