About Cristina Dalla Valentina
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There is always a story behind my abstract paintings.
The way I arrange colors and shapes expresses a movement in space and time that includes a whole series of experiences and emotions that I have lived: things that I have seen and savored, places that I have visited and loved, encounters and relationships with people, wonders, doubts, pains, joys... everything merges on the canvas when I let the pictorial gesture go freely. The canvas is the place where my soul can live out loud.
I want my paintings to be for you a voice, a hand that indicates the beauty inside yourself and in the world. The possibility of wonder. The existence of an elsewhere.
... ARTISTIC PROCESS
I paint in acrylic and mixed media on canvas and paper: paintings are built layer by layer, with gestural and expressive freedom, and at the same time with the intention of obtaining a harmonious and energetic composition.
The surface is worked with expressive brushstrokes, scratchings, splashes of color, pencil and pastel marks, and various pictorial tools to obtain a lively texture.
Colors are of primary importance for me, and I'm constantly researching for new nuances and combinations that can explore the full range of human emotions and experiences.
I live in Verona, Italy with my husband, my son and my daughter, and since some years I'm a full-time artist. I started my artistic path many years ago. At the beginning I made landscapes and other figurative genres in watercolor, now I paint abstracts on canvas in acrylic and mixed media. Between these two apparently distant moments I recognize a deep bond: it has been the continuous experimentation that always guided me and made who I am today.
Painting is not the simple application of more or less refined techniques, but it demands a continuous research within ourselves: therefore it cannot stand still but must reveal our path of knowledge.
This is for me, every day. I started painting because I was driven by the need to understand myself. And still today, when I go in my studio and stand in front of the white canvas, that blankness ask me: who are you? Brushstroke on brushstroke, layer upon layer, every moment brings its emotions: enthusiasm, doubt, discouragement, hope, joy... everything is part of the experience, everything is part of me, everything is welcomed with compassion and kindness.
Since I was a child, the beauty of my homeland surrounded me: nature and art seemed to blend their colors and shapes together.
Growing up I learned to know the centuries of history that were behind me and to recognize myself in the art that they gave us, traveling in Italy and in Europe. And today this experience continues with the artists from around the world whose path I follow.
For this reason my paintings lives on the memory of that past and this present, and silently dialogue with those colors and those shapes. Because, however modest, every brushstroke cannot escape the suggestion of what remained in our eyes and in our mind.
And so self-knowledge finds a shape in a collective dimension that is beyond us.
A constantly changing conception of art requires a lot of study.
From the first watercolor workshops at the Academy of Fine Arts Cignaroli in Verona until today I have continued to learn and practice: in the drawing and in the first rudiments of painting, then gradually in the different techniques and in the different media that I learned to use, full of curiosity for the ever new opportunities that open up in front of me.
My paintings are in private collections in Italy, United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Spain, Norway, Bulgaria, Australia, Brazil.