Val

 

VAL

 
 

First revelation

VAL lived her youth and adolescence shuttling between South America, Africa, Europe and France where she was borned. Being member of the human community is essential for this 46-year-old artist more than the precedence over any specific nationality.

Settled in her art studio in Bangkok since 2004, VAL seems to have found true freedom in Asia and her international way of life has given her wings.

For ten years, she was an urban professional, working in the Parisian marketing field when she had a fortuitous encounter with clay at the workshop of an artist friend that would change the course of her life forever.

The experience was such a revelation that the overwhelming passion she felt then has yet to subside. She literally returned to the earth in touch with her senses becoming one with her material.



Val

A self-taught and instinctual artist

Self-taught and instinctual, she spent two years studying in Paris with an artist. During this time, she gained confidence in what her hands and mind could produce.

This lonely apprenticeship during ten years, far from being seen as technical gaps, gave her the freedom to create. As though formal knowledge would act as a brake or an impediment to her creative impulses.
Knowledge can indeed be suffocating and the opposite of empowering if artists lack the courage to hold it at arm’s length in order to reinject it into their work.
This powerful impulse asserted itself the first few times she worked the clay as well as the desire to prolong the pleasure of creating forms out of nothing gradually drove her to cut all the ties that restrained her. VAL is fond of freedom. She has severed one by one the material, emotional and cultural bonds that prevent her from giving full expression to her need to create.

 




 

A successful choice

VAL gave herself five years to succeed. It took her only two to become independent and make a living out of her art. Her professional bonds were the first to be cut. She left her job as a marketing manager, bravely giving up the security of a generous salary to indulge her passion. Then she broke away from her geographical and cultural ties, leaving France to open a sculpting studio in Bangkok, a bustling Asian metropolis where she has found inspiration and where everything seems possible.

Since April 2004, the date of her first exhibition, VAL continues to exhibit her work on a permanent basis from Asia to Europe in art galleries and international art fairs.

She first made a name for herself in April 2004, at a joint exhibition in Bangkok, and since 2005, her works have been on permanent display in Bangkok, then Hong Kong in 2006, Singapore and France in 2008 and then China and Taiwan in 2009. After several solo exhibitions in all those countries in 2010 and her noticed participation at the Shanghai Art Fair 2010 and at the Jing’An International Sculpture Project with the presentation of Urban Life monumental piece of art, VAL has now become a renowned sculptor in Asia and in Europe as well. Over the past three years, she was asked to perform many monumental projects for public and private places, such as Inle balance II and Urban gathering for the hotel Sofitel Bangkok, an enlargement of Theatre of joy for a prestigious real estate project in Java, Theatre of life for the University of Shangtao in China and a collection of bronzes for the Arch & Art museum in Taichung. At the same time, she continues to exhibit her work in galleries and art fairs in Europe and Asia.

 

Val

Art as an investigation into the nature of the human condition

Her work of art is a symbol of her investigation into the nature of the human condition. She has rejected the punishment of a monotonous life. This is the way she follows to seek answers to the questions inherent in all human existence.
 


 

Bronze to express her art

VAL works with bronze - ancient metal whose accomplishments of artists throughout history over the centuries – to take up the torch of the eternal questioning of the meaning of life.

The proximity with the foundry in Thailand has proved to be the fertile soil that has nourished her new-found freedom. To work on her sculptures that are more and more monumental and meet her international success, VAL has designed her new sculpture studio in Bangkok, surrounded by her own team to assist her in her achievements. This rebirth of enthusiasm has enabled to find fulfillment in total peace and serenity. It is as if, here, everything was preordained, and all she needed to do was follow the signs and listen to the creative impulses within.

2012
Shanghai Art Fair
Art Taipei
Solo Exhibition / Red Sea Gallery Singapore
Solo Exhibition / Philippe Staib Gallery Taipei
Solo Exhibition / Philippe Staib Gallery Shanghai

2011
Shanghai Art Fair
Art Taipei
Monumental sculptures / Galerie François Giraudeau Île de Ré
Art Revolution Taipei
Lineart Gent

2010
Solo Exhibition / Wellington Gallery Hong Kong
Jing’An International Sculpture Project Shanghai
Solo Exhibition / Red Sea Gallery Singapore
Shanghai Art Fair
Lineart Gent
Jing’An International Sculpture Project Shanghai
Solo exhibition at Yishu8 Beijing

2009
Solo exhibition at YI&C Taipei
Solo exhibition / Wellington Gallery Hong Kong
Solo exhibition / Galerie François Giraudeau Paris
Shanghai Art Fair

2008
Art Shopping Paris
 


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