Aldo ‘Valgorth’ Requena is an Argentine artist with over a hundred designs published worldwide, his artwork has been featured in albums, books, apparel, posters advertising, and film. His works contain complex, highly original, imaginative, and dense use of details and iconography, some of which are incomprehensible. As a contemporary iconoclast towards the modern world, Requena's paintings aim to open the mind and senses of humans to the hidden aspects of existence and the dark around us.

"My work is simply a violation of the order of nature; a degradation of the human flesh and mind."

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CAREER

In 2017, Aldo Requena created artwork and texts based on authentic invocations in Latin for the "Necronomicon" grimoire used in the Argentine movie “NECRONOMICON” produced by BARAKACINE. On November 12th, 2021, Requena presented a major exhibition of works at the Vortex Exhibition, as a premiere of The Fifth Supper event to celebrate 5 years of music history of the Black Metal band, GAEREA. This first exhibition in Europe of Valgorth’s art revealed compositions of grotesque figures and disturbing atmosphere in photorealistic format. In 2016, he was invited to paint his vision of the creature "The Thing" for an art book commemorating the 35th anniversary of John Carpenter's cinematic horror masterpiece "THE THING". This volume was released at San Diego Comic Con by Printed In Blood. In 2018, he was again summoned by Printed In Blood to create an illustration for the book Stranger Things "Visions from the Upside Down" from Del Rey Books & Netflix. This volume was released at San Diego Comic Con by Printed In Blood. He created concept art for a story depicting the life of Scottish folk hero William Wallace. This project was for author and fight director Seoras Wallace (BRAVEHEART, GLADIATOR films), to be presented as referential art for a TV series project in the UK. www.seoraswallace.com

Since 2008, he runs HAMMERBLAZE a graphic design company for the extreme music and publishing industries. Aldo Requena has spearheaded diverse works for bands, musicians and labels (LOST HORIZON, SKILTRON, WIZARD, DAVID SHANKLE (former MANOWAR), BLACK MAJESTY, FEANOR, HOLYHELL, PARAGON, IN-DEFILADE, WACKEN METAL BATTLE, MASSACRE RECORDS, REMEDY RECORDS, VIC RECORDS and many more).

STATEMENTS

“I believe that a creative mind must stand outside the system and strongly reject all norms from the status-quo. That's the core of my work. Creativity Against The Norms.” — Valgorth

Valgorth points out that ― “An artist that claims to produce Dark Art must always have a sense of spiritual rebellion against the norms of society, and nothing but willpower and ambition as the highest priorities in their art and concept, as well as in their personal lives.

He specifies, ― “The purpose of ‘norms’ are to provide a stable and predictable social world, to regulate our behavior with the established order. But stability and predictability are enemies of the creative process. The essence of art is disobedience. The only system to transcend the limits of one’s self is by maximum personal effort and eradicating the regulations that oppress our will. Most of us struggle with personal crisis, but we must find personal strength in critical times. Thus, accepting that genuine creativity originates through chaos, I rise from my ruins to create and destroy alike. My solitude and isolation are catalysts for deep reflection and self-awareness. I devoted myself to study the movements of the dark.”

“Creativity Against The Norms” is my artistic war cry in opposition to the status-quo. It’s a representation of the creative force within and the fight of Art to prevail against the doctrines and moral codes of society (The Norm). The darkness in my work will not relate to everybody, but it will certainly communicate an emotional impact and interest in those who seek to escape from the cryptic frontiers of reality.”

Events & Exhibitions

2022 - Jul 10

Buenos Aires

2022 - Mar 12-13

Chaco, Argentina

2021 - Nov 12

Porto, Portugal

2021 - Mar 12-13

Virtual Edition, Mexico

2020 - Nov 21-22

Virtual Edition, Chaco, Argentina

2020 - Nov 13-14-15

Live Stream, Buenos Aires

2020 - Apr 4-5

Domo Del Centenario, Buenos Aires | Cancelled by COVID plague

2020 - Mar 6-7-8

La Rural, Predio Ferial de Buenos Aires

2019 - Dec 13

The Other Place, Buenos Aires

2019 - Dec 6-7-8

Costa Salguero, Buenos Aires

2019 - Nov 17

Teatro Colegio San Jose, Buenos Aires

2019 - Nov 14

Paranoid Rock Bar San Telmo, Buenos Aires

2019 - Nov 9

Multiespacio Cultural UNGS, Buenos Aires

2019 - Nov 3

Espacio Cultural Adan, Buenos Aires

2019 - Oct 12

Instituto de las Culturas Brown, Buenos Aires

2019 - Oct 6

Goldencenter Eventos, Buenos Aires

2019 - Sep 29

Moreno 1275, Buenos Aires

2019 - Sep 21

Buenos Aires

2019 - Sep 20

UNA, Rodríguez Peña, Buenos Aires

2019 - Aug 3

E. de Burzaco 740, 1852 Burzaco, Buenos Aires

2019 - Junio 30

Moreno 1275, Buenos Aires

2019 - Jun 21-22-23

Centro De Actividades Roberto De Vicenzo

2019 - May 24-25-26

Costa Salguero, Buenos Aires

2019 - Abril 27

Emergente Bar, Francisco Acuña de Figueroa 1030, Buenos Aires

2019 - May 12

Moreno 1275, Buenos Aires

2019 - Apr 7

Goldencenter Eventos, Buenos Aires

2019 - Apr 6

Instituto de las Culturas Brown, Buenos Aires

2019 - Mar 17

Av. Rivadavia 1132, Buenos Aires

2019 - Mar 8-9-10

La Rural, Predio Ferial de Buenos Aires

2019 - Mar 2-3

Sociedad italiana de Adrogue, Buenos Aires

2019 - Jan 13

Av. Rivadavia 1132, Buenos Aires

2018 - Dec 16

Av. Rivadavia 1132, Buenos Aires

2018 - Dec 7-8-9

Costa Salguero, Buenos Aires

2018 - Nov 17

Uniclub, Buenos Aires

2018 - Nov 11

Av. Rivadavia 1132, Buenos Aires

2018 - Nov 2

Emergente Bar, Buenos Aires

2018 - Oct 27

Multiespacio Cultural UNGS, Buenos Aires

2018 - Oct 14

Av. Rivadavia 1132, Buenos Aires

2018 - Oct 6-7

Goldencenter, Buenos Aires

2018 - Oct 6

Instituto de las Culturas Brown, Buenos Aires

2018 - Oct 5

Instituto de las Culturas Brown, Buenos Aires

2018 - Sep 16

Av. Rivadavia 1132, Buenos Aires

2018 - Aug 12

Av. Rivadavia 1132, Buenos Aires

2018 - Jul 20-21-22

Centro Municipal de Arte de Avellaneda, Buenos Aires

2018 - Jul 14-15

El Centro Cultural San Martín, Buenos Aires

2018 - Jun 23

Azcuénaga 158, 1029 Ciudad de Buenos Aires

2018 - May 25-26-27

Costa Salguero, Buenos Aires

2018 - Feb 24-25-26

Centro Municipal de Arte de Avellaneda, Buenos Aires

2018 - Feb 22

National Library of Argentina

2018 - Feb 16-17-18

Centro Municipal de Arte de Avellaneda, Buenos Aires

2017 - Dec 6

The Roxy Live, Niceto Vega 5542, Buenos Aires

2017 - Nov 11

Av. Pueyrredon 2501, Buenos Aires

2017 - Oct 29

Espacio Cultural Adan, Buenos Aires

2017 - Oct 14-15

Palacio Peñarol Cr. Gaston Guelfi, Montevideo, Uruguay

2017 - Oct 7

Avenida de Mayo 948, 1111 Buenos Aires

2017 - Oct 1

Azcuénaga 158, 1029 Ciudad de Buenos Aires

2017 - Sep 23

Centro Metropolitano de Diseño, Buenos Aires

2017 - Sep 9

El Centro Cultural San Martín, Buenos Aires

2017 - Sep 6

1516 Cervecería - Palermo, Buenos Aires

2017 - Sep 1-2-3

La Rural, Predio Ferial de Buenos Aires

2017 - Aug 6

Salones Leprett, Luis Saenz Peña 739, 1006, Buenos Aires

2017 - Jun 16-17-18

Centro Municipal de Arte de Avellaneda, Buenos Aires

2017 - May 26-27-28

Centro Costa Salguero, Buenos Aires

2017 - Apr 30

Azcuénaga 158, 1029 Ciudad de Buenos Aires

2017 - Apr 16

Paseo La Plaza, Buenos Aires

2017 - Apr 1

Espacio Sísmico, Buenos Aires

2017 - Mar 5

Paseo La Plaza, Buenos Aires

2016 - Nov 12

Auditorio Buenos Aires

2016 - May 2

42º Feria Internacional del Libro, Buenos Aires