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The exhibitions in which Luis Miguel Valdes has participated are legion. As a representative of Cuban art, his work has become known around the world: Cuba, Mexico, United States, Italy, France, Spain, Algeria, Syria, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Colombia, Poland, Finland, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Yugoslavia, Japan, Iraq and Canada, among others. The awards that the artist has won Throughout his career also are many. As a selection of them: Adam Collective Prize Montparnasse in the May Salon in Paris in 1968, the Prize of Painting and Drawing at the National Hall of Plastic Arts of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) in 1984; receives mention in the Hall UNEAC 1990 installation “From my window is” Computer Graphics and Video in Havana, Cuba; First Prize at the V Meeting of Scientific Research in Art in 1989 for work on “Applying computer art as a tool “in the Institute Superior de Arte in Havana. Also obtained in 1982 the UNESCO Special Prize at the International Exhibition of Book Art in Leipzig, Germany. Luis Miguel Valdes has been awarded First Prize of Engraving and Lithography in various national and international salons.

As part of its interest in publicizing and promoting the engraving, Luis Miguel Valdes, along the Mexican poet Cuitlahuac Rangel, founded in 2000 Graphic Workshop “La Habana always” in Mexico City, which was expanded in 2005 inaugurated the Gallery La Habana always to provide the graphic arts exhibition space and outreach. Thanks to your leadership, the Workshop is renowned for its excellent quality artists such as Raul Anguiano, Vicente Rojo, Jose Luis Cuevas, Sergio Hernandez, Fabelo, Nelson Dominguez, Choco, Kcho, Demian Flores and Victor Guadalajara have worked on it. Also, the artist has taught drawing and printmaking both practical and theoretical in the Casa Lamm Cultural Center. He has been director of digital graphic design and in different companies and from 1983 to 1986 was Vice President for Latin America of the International Association of Art (IAA) of UNESCO. He joined the faculty, and artists who in 1976 founded the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba, where he was Head of the Department of Engraving and teaching to the highest level of Associate Professor at that institution academic. The Ministry of Culture of Cuba in 2003 awarded him the Medal for National Culture. Importantly, Luis Miguel Valdes since 1987, besides using different etching techniques has been developed in the application of new technologies to the arts.

As the creator and teacher has been invited to participate in numerous exhibitions, competitions and scientific events. Luis Miguel Valdes is a prolific artist whose work bears a strong structure for years of study, experimentation and technical and intellectual work. Added to this, represents an important figure and committed to the global art scene thanks to his contribution to the art of engraving.