Andres Valencia Steals the Spotlight at Art Miami

Art Miami returned for the 31st edition. Art Miami, America’s foremost contemporary and modern art fair, and its sister fairs CONTEXT and Aqua.

At the Miami Art Fair, one exhibition caught many’s eyes. The artwork belongs to a 10-year-old from San Diego. The artwork of a fourth-grader was shown at the Miami Art Week, including events like Art Basel, while most fourth-graders finish their homework and play some video games. However, since little genius was four, he has been painting. And not long after, he became a young artist known for large, dramatic, colorful figurative paintings.

If you could not help but wonder who the mighty artist is, he is none other than Andres Valencia!

Andres Valencia at his home studio.

Andres is of Mexican origin and speaks perfect Spanish. The boy is living in San Diego (California). Regarding Andres Valencia’s parents, his father, Guadalupe, is a lawyer, and his mother, Elsa, is a jewelry designer. Nevertheless, the Mexican parent is so content, and their eyes reveal their pride in their son’s talent in front of the visitors of Art Miami.


Art surrounded his home. Andres Valencia is inspired by RETNA, Richard Hambleton, Raphael Mazzucco, Salvador Dalí. Moreover, his father has been collecting other artists’ works of art. Teachers from California public school Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) program promptly identified his extraordinary talent.

He spent hours looking at a RETNA painting in his home. Then, he began copying it repeatedly to sharpen his skills. Finally, he attempted to expand his education by watching videos about painting.

He climbs up the ladder by creating large-scale works with a mix of oil sticks, oil, and acrylic paint, endeavoring to create bold colors and passionately creative fragmented facial compositions. On the other hand, he was deeply influenced by George Condo, Picasso, and Cubism.
Andres Valencia, Pepino the Clown, 2020.

Andres Valencia is painting daily from his home studio. Valencia also studies art history and sculpts at home. Four-grader has been developing an interest in various artists such as Gerhard Richter, Vincent van Gogh, Amedeo Modigliani, Francis Bacon, and Michelangelo.

Andres Valencia, King, and Queen, 2021.


Cubism’s junior talent has been highlighted in Miami Art and has had tremendous success. He’s gone global in 36 hours. In fact, the San Diego native sold his entire collection of 17 paintings in three days. His family is not disclosing prices paid by Belfort or Vergara, but Andres’ work ranges from $5,000 to $20,000.

Andres Valencia with Pamela J. Cohen and Nick Korniloff at The Miami Art Week.

Art Miami Executive Director explained his admiration by saying;

“I’ve been in the art world for nearly 30 years, and I’ve never witnessed someone this young so talented. I looked at his work, and I said, ‘I have to show this at Art Miami.

Nick Korniloff

Other celebrated people were fascinated by Andres Valencia’s work also. Namely, Sofia Vergara, Channing Tatum, Brooke Shields, artist Shepard Fairey visited Andres Valencia’s booth at Miami Art. Besides, actress Sophia Vergara bought one of his pieces.

Andres Valencia with Shepard Fairey and Risk at The Miami Art Week.
Here we finish by telling junior cubist's story. Andres Valencia deserves praise for all his efforts at such an early age. What were you dealing with at age 10? If you have an intriguing story, please let us know in the comments.

Letting you alone with his lovely primary goal;

“I just want the world to know my work,”

Andres Valencia

Last but not least, if you are into art, we will have a blast seeing you here. I hope every art-related thing will find you; see you in our following review. ????????✌