What’s Your Secret Species?


Meet Marius “Zoo” Valdes! This well known local maker is an epic illustrator, designer and artist and is bringing his art to Columbia Mini Maker Faire on June 6. Since 2007, he has had six solo exhibitions and been selected for 15 juried group exhibitions at the international, national, and regional levels. Rock on Zoo! If we’re lucky, Valdes will bring some pieces from his popular Secret Species Project, fun art that allows Valdes to play with creating new characters that encourage others to use their own creativity.

“I have made hundreds of these small sculpy clay characters and shared them with others in exchange for their sketches and stories about their characters,” said Valdes. “I have used these little creatures as a muse to make new art and tell new stories.”

Meet Valdes at Columbia Mini Maker Faire and peruse his art for sale as well as watch as he paints a mural in celebration of the maker spirit!


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