'When I touch on historical painters, I make comments based on the specificity of the language and not on that of literature or poetry. I am just a narrator who comments on the history of painting in various ways, using new materials: it is like a game that consists of changing the code and the key to the artwork Many of my colours, materials and textures are the product of relived experiences of the other masters'
(M. Valdés, 'Valdés. 25 Years as a Petext', cited in Manolo Valdés [1981-2006], Madrid 2006, pp. 20-21).