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 Manuela Valenti  (1968 - )

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Lived/Active: Georgia/Michigan / Venezuela      Known for: landscape and abstract painting

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The following information was submitted in June of 2006 by the artist:

My landscapes are the reflection of what I see in my trips rendered with an unusual palette as I have been told many times.  The use of bold and vibrant colors along with a simple brushstroke rendition has set my unique signature.  I feel passion in the color I see displayed in nature which is rendered with such harmony on every scene, on every corner of a tree, a path a hill… I need to feel the landscape before daring to paint it, it needs to speak to me, yet I don’t paint on location as my life doesn’t allow it at the moment, but I have to live the experience of touching the grass, smell the scent of the wild flowers, the trees and the soil, and the feeling, the sensation of the warm breeze that just fills the entire scenario and how the light of that afternoon sun complements everything.

I’ve travel quite a lot during my life. Being raised in Venezuela, South America by Italian parents and living with those two cultures on a daily basis I think has being very crucial to my art career.  I’ve been exposed since childhood to different cultures, and the beauties of each country I’ve visited definitely has created an impression in my work. I always say I belong to two countries, although born in Venezuela my other passion is Italy, the land of my parents and mine as the Italian culture is in my blood.  The unbeatable beauties of the Italian countryside but especially the Tuscany region where my mother is from, have become my collectors' best choice.  They all recall feeling the warm sun on the campagna that is reflected in my paintings that makes them transport to those wonderful vacations they had.  I’ve moved from Venezuela to Atlanta in 1999.  In June 2004 we moved to Spain from where I traveled throughout Europe.  Some of the European countries that have inspired new series of my works are France and Spain, and I had the opportunity to revisit Italy and its beauties.

My abstracts, done in both oils and acrylics and are driven by the strong emotions we humans experiment on a daily basis and the use of non artistic tools as recycled man-made objects are used on all of them to help achieve the urban and outsider look that characterizes them.  I express in them my frustrations, deep emotions of everyday events.  They are my way to relieve and to canalize all those feelings that I get under stressful situations. 

1968 - Born April 14 in Caracas, Venezuela from just arrived Italian Immigrants -- Raised between Italy and Venezuela. Lived, painted, studied and worked in Puerto Ordaz and Caracas, Venezuela.  Studied ballet professionally from 1977 until 1985 at the Academia de Ballet Fiorani, giving her recognition as a ballerina with many performances in theaters in the city.

1986 - Graduates as a Professional Fashion Model after a 2 years of studying at the Academia de Modelaje Juan Carlos Montani.  Appears in commercials, TV interviews and newspapers.  Moves to Caracas, Venezuela to go to college.  Studies Psychology and graduates in 1989. Returns that same year to Puerto Ordaz to work as the Psychologist Assistant for the Human Resources Department at a Bank Institution, where her knowledge in dealing with psychological tests to recruit key personnel is needed.  Her paintings of Venezuelan landscapes as well as her abstract gain recognition. Two paintings became part of the collection of the institution.

1990 - Marries December 22 Miguel Angel Ruiz Garcia the son of Spanish immigrants.

1992 - Moves to Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela with her husband and newborn child. A new generation of abstracts is well received among collectors.

1993 - She takes an inspirational journey to Italy, touring Milan, Pisa, Trieste, Tuscany, Sabbia D'Oro and Citta Nova in Croatia, starting a new era of Italian landscapes, which become sought-after.

1996 - Moves to Maturin, an agricultural city in the South East of Venezuela, which inspires the "Llano" collection of Venezuelan landscapes.

1999 - Due to the political climate in Venezuela, she moves with her husband and children to Atlanta, GA, saying good bye to the country that saw her grow and illuminated her art.  She starts selling her work in  the US.

2004 - She, her husband and now three kids, move to Bilbao, Spain in June.  The new inspiration proofs very prolific, and the new series "Spain" and "France" are createtd and well received.  She visits all the South of France, West France and Paris, North and Central Spain, Italy and Slovenia.

2006 - Moves back to the United States with her husband and 3 kids. She now is located in Michigan where a new adventure begins.

Artists’ Choice Awards 2004 – 2005 for best landscape

 Exhibitions:
2002 – Mac21 Feria International del Arte Contemporáneo, Marbella Spain (group)
2002 – Southern Heartland Art Festival, Conyers GA
2002 – Hispanic Heritage Month, Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA (group)
2003 – II Biennale di Arte Contemporaneo di Venezia (group)
2005 – Medial 1. art biennial – group exhibition

Memberships in Art-Related Associations:
Michigan Artist Registry; Electronic Museum of Established Artists; The world artist registry; National association of art; Georgia Artist Registry.

 


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