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Nestor Valdes has been interested in the arts from a very early age. Born in Havana, Cuba, Nestor was hand-selected to train as a classical ballet dancer at the age of five. After six years of training, his family immigrated to the New York City area where he continued his studies privately under master ballet instructors.
Nestor was equally interested in the visual arts; he painted school backdrops for his elementary school’s drama department and then fully developed his interest in drawing the human figure while sitting on the sidelines during ballet classes.
By his late twenties, Nestor actively began pursuing painting and drawing by taking workshops and creating a visual arts studio/gallery in Hoboken, NJ. After participating in several regional gallery exhibitions and fine art fairs, Nestor began to enter artwork into science- fiction/fantasy art shows, exhibiting at sci-fi conventions such as the DragonCon in Atlanta, Arisia in Boston, Philcon in Philadelphia and Lunacon in Secaucus, NJ.
Currently, Nestor maintains his art studio in the historic Beaver Mill in North Adams, MA and is co-directing the North Adams Artist Cooperative Gallery.
"I am so proud of what is happening here. Keep it going!"