El Changuri

 


Luis Valle aka El Chan Guri, is a Nicaraguan artist born April 16, 1977 in Managua, Nicaragua. Because of war Valle’s family re-located to Miami, Florida where he was raised and gained his primary education. Growing up in Miami Luis excelled in the arts from an early age showing signs of his talent while in school. He first picked up a spray can in his early teens where he gained inspiration from the fast growing Miami graffiti scene. Painting murals on the streets gave Luis a certain rush and satisfaction he craved. Valle received his formal training from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida where he graduated with a BFA in Visual Arts. He later went on to receive a Masters in Arts Degree from New York University, where he developed an interest in video and video art while continuing his progression as a painter.


Living in New York was a big influence on Valle’s work. Being in one of the worlds” epicenters of art helped enrich his knowledge and skill as an artist. Visiting the city’s Museums and local galleries helped give Valle invaluable lessons as he continued on his studies and research for his own work. While in New York Luis explored and developed a series of video works. He edited and worked on various independent art films and projects. Luis grew an affinity for New York, especially Brooklyn and its diverse art scene but Art Basel, Wynwood and the ever-growing Miami art scene brought Luis back to where he grew up.


Back in Miami Valle immersed himself in the local scene working closely with the community and various local organizations. Luis was also the co-founder of Brisky Gallery Miami where he served as the gallery director, curator and was also one of the artist.


Currently Luis has been staying active creating commissioned murals and paintings for public art projects, yachts, hotels, cruise ships, malls, businesses, private homes and neighborhoods. His work can be seen throughout South Florida. He is an internationally recognized artist with murals in Mexico, China, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba and throughout the US. His style can be easily recognized, as it is a blend of influences from indigenous cultures, psychology, shamanism, religion, spirituality, frequency, vibration and energy. Luis is considered a staple in the Miami art scene and art community.


Luis believes that spirituality has been lost in the mix of commercialism and fashion in art. He strives to bring the essence of the soul to his artwork. He believes that humans are inherently spiritual beings who are here to realize the same goal. Which is the self-realization of thy self and destiny.