"The shadow of Velázquez came over Valdés' work in an obsessive manner. Queen Mariana, with hair spread out like a fan, shortened neck and ample skirts over the farthingale is repeated in his work with the most widely varied techniques: phantasmagorical paintings with diverse colors and textures or sculptures made of bronze, these monumental pieces nevertheless preserve the feeling that inspired them, a certain 'je ne sais quoi'
of sorrow and fragility."
Alfonso E. Perez Sanchez, “Manolo Valdés, Miracle Worker” in Exh. Cat., Madrid, Museum Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Manolo Valdés 1981-2006, 2006, p. 43