Dino Valls is a Spanish figurative painter who combines surrealism with hyperrealism. Valls’ take on surrealism, though, seems to have more in common with the Pre-Raphaelites and Symbolists than Salvador Dalí or Rene Magritte.
A self-taught painter, Dino Valls attended university to become a surgeon. The medical background appears throughout his work, though, from the precise way he handles anatomy to the antique surgical tools, devices, and ephemera that appear over and over. Valls has devoted himself entirely to painting since 1982.
Valls is a traditionalist in technique but sits firmly in the contemporary when it comes to subject matter and approach. His awareness of the form and medium feel post-modern with the trompe-l’œil elements being, often, self-referential. Though much of the work is full of somewhat heavy-handed symbolism, it is done with such sincerity and skill that it doesn’t feel out of place in this century.
Since 1988, Dino Valls has lived and worked in Madrid.