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Born in Bethlehem, Pa. in the early 1970‘s. Reinaldo Valentin grew up in the midst of The Bethlehem Steel with it’s iron ore, blast furnaces, and freight trains filling the landscape of his youth. In the 80’s, graffiti and hip hop culture started making its influences on him. As a young boy learning to draw, B-boys and tags became his first taste of creative expression. But, as the early days of break-dancing, graffiti, and rap starting to die down, the visual arts took a back seat to music. He began playing guitar throughout his teens and early twenties. But, art never left him and in his mid 20’s, started painting again. Soon after, he started working as a mold maker for a garden art and pottery manufacturer, learning the trade on the job. Working with professional sculptors and mold makers, he learned how to sculpt, make molds, and cast in plaster and concrete. At this time, he was also learning how to paint in watercolor…

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Born in Bethlehem, Pa. in the early 1970‘s. Reinaldo Valentin grew up in the midst of The Bethlehem Steel with it’s iron ore, blast furnaces, and freight trains filling the landscape of his youth. In the 80’s, graffiti and hip hop culture started making its influences on him. As a young boy learning to draw, B-boys and tags became his first taste of creative expression. But, as the early days of break-dancing, graffiti, and rap starting to die down, the visual arts took a back seat to music. He began playing guitar throughout his teens and early twenties. But, art never left him and in his mid 20’s, started painting again. Soon after, he started working as a mold maker for a garden art and pottery manufacturer, learning the trade on the job. Working with professional sculptors and mold makers, he learned how to sculpt, make molds, and cast in plaster and concrete. At this time, he was also learning how to paint in watercolor. But, to continue sculpting and painting as a hobby,
it was getting too expensive. At one point, his supplies were almost gone and with no more funds to buy anymore, he remembered the graffiti influence of his youth. With some spray paint and scrap materials in his garage, he began working on a new approach to his art. Drawing on the spray paint influence in graffiti and inspired by the rusted metal and weathered wood of the Bethlehem Steel he grew up around, he began experimenting with found objects and spray paint. Forming his unique style of art which is reflected in his jewelry, clothing and other creations.

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