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Kristian Rangel Vallari began his artistic career at an early age, always sketching, drawing or painting. He completed his high school studies at the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas. As a senior, Kristian entered a national art contest, "Intergalactic Art”, sponsored by NASA and the National Science… Read More
Kristian Rangel Vallari began his artistic career at an early age, always sketching, drawing or painting. He completed his high school studies at the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas. As a senior, Kristian entered a national art contest, "Intergalactic Art”, sponsored by NASA and the National Science Teachers Association. His entry, “Dream of the Future”, earned top honors as the 1st place National Winner and was exhibited in numerous schools and museums throughout the U.S.

In 2001, Kristian graduated with two bachelor’s degrees - Fine Arts & Graphic Design, from one the leading art schools in the world, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Kristian also immersed himself in illustration and painting, and spent time studying photography at the University of Christchurch in New Zealand. His art work has been used by numerous organizations, including McDonald’s, American Red Cross, Microsoft Corporation, University of Chicago GSB, Houston's GWB Intercontinental Airport, Bohlke International Airways, Corona Labs, Giffoni Film Festival and LAZ Gelato, to name just a few.

Kristian's work spans a variety of mediums and forms - from graphic design and photography, to drawing and oil painting. Clayboard Black (Scratchboard) covers an extensive part of his current work. Using a clay-covered hardboard panel coated with Black India ink, he scratches out the composition with a sharp metal point. He then adds color using Indian inks or watercolors. Kristian is often commissioned to create unique scratchboards for his growing base of collectors and art aficionados.

Kristian has traveled abroad extensively, spending time visiting many regions of the world, including North America, India, China, Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, Brazil and Europe. These travels have influenced his artwork as it displays a mix of places, scenes, dreams, memories, objects and thoughts. 

In 2007, Kristian had himself photographed doing a handstand atop a grassy hill with an amazing view of Seattle, Washington in the distance. That image led Kristian to combine three things he loves: photography, travel and handstands. In time, De Manos (Spanish for "handstand") was created. Since then, what began as a creative stunt, eventually morphed into an ongoing artistic and social project. De Manos incorporates a visual study and playground with the environment, its space and dimension, form, symmetry, composition and representation. At its core is Kristian's belief of something far greater than the established global system, which is fastly propagating the world to it's breaking point. He's inverted position (handstand) is an invitation to see the system in a different way, “Giving Earth a New Perspective”. Through this new perspective, together we can grow our global collective consciousness, and move our aching planet to a higher and better place. The selected locations are the most important, iconic or symbolic buildings, structures, monuments and landscapes within each culture or nation. So far, 42 countries, as well as 39 states within the U.S., have been featured in an ongoing series of over 200 photos. Plans to cover more of the globe are under way. A new photo is published every week on the De Manos Facebook fan page.

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