A B O U T

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Born in Riga in 1985, Valentina Kovalishina, known as Valentinaki, is an artist that is constantly evolving. Initially, Valentinaki experiments with watercolours, and then studies the use of pastels under the Latvian painter Valeria Shuvalova. In 2009, after moving to Italy, she learns the art of oil painting under Giusy Boncimelli, a Florentine gurative oil painting artist. From her, Valentinaki inherits the expressive freedom in painting that in turn gives her the courage needed to believe in her own potential. From this moment on, Valentinaki chooses the profession and career of being an artist. She steps away from gurative form learned under Boncimelli and follows her own path towards abstract painting that is characterized by the presence of easily recognizable natural forms above all that of the oyster shell. This is the main subject in most of Valentinaki’s creations with the oyster playing the conceptual role of imperfect perfection, an element as unique in the plane of phenomenal reality, as it is tangible. This revelation inspires the artist to shape her material compositions in a natural and harmonious way given that one of the main features of Valentinaki’s work is her quest to maintain balance and consistency between poetic and aesthetic taste through the observation of matter in all its simplicity and a deep respect for the three-dimensional order of reality. Her current artistic style is based on abstractionism aimed at celebrating the most tangible elements of our planet: nature, the sea and water that are observed for a long time and then echoed in her works, at times of considerable size. Valentinaki has taken part in many projects in Italy and abroad, both in public and private venues. Among them, the site-speci c installations set up in historical locations such as the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dei Miracoli at San Celso (Milan), the Vicevano Castle (Vigevano, PV), the Castel dell’Ovo (Naples) and the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio (Milan).

 

Education:

2006 – 2008 Choreography – Latvian Culture College – Riga, Latvia
2003 – 2006 Management – Riga Technical University – Riga, Latvia

Art courses:

2012 – Oil painting art courses in Brera – Milan, Italy
2009-2014 Oil painting private lessons with Italian artist Giusy Boncinell – Milan, Italy
2001-2002 Pastel private lessons with Latvian artist Valeria Shuvalova – Riga, Latvia
2000-2001 Drawing courses – Riga, Latvia
1998-1999 Watercolor courses – Riga, Latvia

Solo Exhibitions:

2018 – “Liquid Blue” – San Celso Church – Milan, Italy
2017 – “Into The White” – St. Ambrogio – Milan, Italy
2016 – “Untitled” – Gallery Statuto 13 – Milan, Italy
2015 – “Antichi sguardi su Valentinaki” – Gallery Ars Antiqua – Milan, Italy
2015 – “Black Sand” – EOTW Gallery – Lodi, Italy
2014 – “Black Sand” – Spazio Manuzio – Milan, Italy
2010 – “Loro, i Clown” – Corso Garibaldi – Milan, Italy

Group Exhibitions:

2020 – “La via dell’ambra. Reloading” – Exhibition space C.A. Ciampi, Palazzo del Pegaso – Firenze, Italy
2019 – “Aurum” – ARCgallery – Monza, Italy
2019 – “Sacrum Pictura” – Museum of Volta – Lazzate, Italy
2019 – “The art side of the Moon” – ARCgallery – Monza, Italy
2019 – “Aquarius” – ARCgallery – Monza, Italy
2019 – “Leonardo da Vinci from Antique to Modern” – Museum of Volta – Lazzate, Italy
2018 – “White and Black” – ARCgallery – Monza, Italy
2018 – “My Latvia” – Liberty Palace – Milano, Italy
2018 – “Blue and all around” – ARCgallery – Monza, Italy
2018 – “Leonardo da Vinci from Antique to Modern” – Castle of Vigevano – Vigevano, Italy
2018 – “Dialogue between generations” – Castle Dell’Ovo – Naples, Italy
2017 – “Shade of white” – Hernandez Art Gallery – Milan, Italy
2017 – “Virtual Art meets Ocean” – Espinassse31 Art Gallery – Milan, Italy
2017 – Rodari Art Gallery – Alassio, Italy
2017 – “Contemporary Art in Villa” – Villa Mazzucchelli – Brescia, Italy
2016 – “Small is Beautiful” – Zoia Gallery – Milan, Italy
2016 – “Acqua” – Feeling Food Space – Milan, Italy
2016 – “DonnArt” – Spazio Donizzeti – Monza, Italy
2016 – “Elusive Amusement” – WE Gallery – Berlin, Germany
2015 – “Grottesco” – University of Parma – Parma, Italy
2015 – “Who Art You?” – Fabrica del Vapore – Milan, Italy
2015 – “Terra” – Bastioni di Porta Venezia – Milan, Italy
2015 – “Lumière” – Rosso Tiziano Gallery – Piacenza, Italy

Fiere, festival, performance:

2018 – “Art & Light Design: Visual Design Experience” during Fuori Salone – Fineco Center – Milan, Italy
2018 – Affordable Art Fair with ARC Gallery – Milan, Italy 
2017 – Art festival “BrerArt” – CAM Garibaldi – Milan, Italy
2017 – Art festival “DepurArt in Atto” – DepurArt Lab Gallery – Milan, Italy
2017 – Live Art Performance “Acqua” – Rho Fiera – Milan, Itay
2017 – Live Art Performance “Mad for Brazil, mad for Design” during Fuori Salone – Boscolo Hotel – Milan, Italy
2017 – Affordable Art Fair with Zoia Gallery – Milan, Italy
2016 – Art festival DepurArt in Atto – DepurArt Lab Gallery – Milan, Italy
2016 – Art festival “Oltre Festival” – Certosa Cantù – Pavia, Italy
2016 – Affordable Art Fair with a EOTW Gallery – Milan, Italy

Art prizes:

2015 – Art Prize “Who Art You?” – Fabrica del Vapore – Milan, Italy (final)
2002 – Art Prize “Sapnis” – Riga, Latvia (1st prize)