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Meet Luis Valle of Luis Valle Art in Little Haiti

Today we’d like to introduce you to Luis Valle.

Luis, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am the son of political exiles fleeing Nicaragua as the war began in in 1979. My parents had to start all over in a new Country and chose Miami to settle. I grew up loving the Miami Dolphins, saw the Marlins and Heat franchises form as well as went through all my primary and High School Education in Miami. I’ve seen this city go through many facelifts. My family was in the heart of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 with the eye over us at one point. I will never forget that night. I grew up an athlete and an artist all my life. Although I saw a longer career in art and decided to focus on that. I started doing graffiti in my early teens and fell in love instantly with being able to express myself on the streets. I later went on to Florida State University and received a BFA in Visual Arts. I came back to Miami after undergrad and gained some experience in the art world working for a few local art galleries.

I later went on to receive a Masters in Arts Degree from New York University. I moved to New York two weeks prior to 911 and I was living in New York during one of the darkest times in American History. It was surreal moving to New York and being there for this while now starting graduate school for art. It was a very tough time in my life as my eldest sister passed away tragically in a car accident in Miami a couple of weeks after 911. My transition to New York was one of the hardest times I had to deal with in my life. I graduated from New York University and lived in New York a few years after.

While in New York I would continue to visit Miami on vacations and holidays as my family was still there. The art world in Miami was starting to grow and My hometown was calling me back. Art Basel and the early moments of Wynwood were attractive enough for me to want to come back home and take a shot at making my art career in Miami.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been easy to make a business out of art. There have been a lot of bumps and bruises along the way. For one galleries were very conceptually based for a long time. The Miami art scene also wasn’t what it is now early on. It always seemed attractive to go to a bigger market like L.A., San Francisco or New York. Also, People seem to think they can always get something for free out of artist. It took me a while to say no to certain things and learn how to charge properly for my work or services. There is also a lot of competition out there. There are so many amazing artist and always a new and younger one that is hungry and ready to show what they got. In art, you also never know what kind of gig will come your way, so you always have to be ready for anything.

Please tell us about Luis Valle Art.
I am an artist/muralist. I specialize in paintings for your home such as canvas or customized murals. I also do customized murals for businesses and public places.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My second-grade teacher told my mother that I was going to be an artist when I grew up.

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Mark Diamond , Alissa Christine

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