Exsanguination Transmutation
The Artwork of Miguel Valentin
February 14th – March 6th, 2020

A professional tattoo artist for over 25 years, Miguel Valentin loves collaborating with clients to make their vision into a work of art that lasts a lifetime. This body of work was Valentin’s chance to produce work that is solely his vision. His work is inspired by his many years fighting a battle with alcohol and drug addiction. He found that only by surrendering, he could win. Using his own blood, Valentin shows you his desperate struggle from being a hopeless addict to sharing the gift of recovery through these paintings. His goal is to have the viewer experience the pain and then share the joy of hope that any addict can recover if they can be honest with themselves. His choice of medium, his blood, is significant because, in his own words “What better way to show how important this is to me and how serious this disease is.”

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