Val

Born in 1969 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Val lived her youth and adolescence shuttling between South America, Africa, Europe and France where she was born. 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.

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 gave her the freedom to create, as though formal knowledge would act as a brake or an impediment to her creative impulses.

This powerful impulse asserted itself the first few times she worked the clay. This, together with 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.

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.

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.

Val works with bronze – an ancient metal which has been used by artists for 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.

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EXHIBITIONS

PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS

Red Sea Gallery – Singapore
# 01-10 Dempsey Hill, Tanglin Village,
Singapore 247697 – Republic of Singapore
www.redseagallery.com

Red Sea Gallery – Brisbane
Centro 2, 31 James Street, Fortitude Valley,
Brisbane QLD 4006 – Australia
www.redseagallery.com

Galerie François Giraudeau
3, rue de La Grenouillère
17880 Les Portes en Ré – France
www.francoisgiraudeau.com

Philippe Staib Gallery - Shanghai
Building 4-102, # 50, Moganshan road,
Shanghai – PR of China
www.philippestaibgallery.com

Philippe Staib Gallery - Taipei
1F # 38, Ln 128 Jingye 1st road, Zongshan Dist.,
Taipei City – Taiwan
www.philippestaibgallery.com

Wellington Gallery
g/f, 36 Wyndham street
Central, Hong Kong
www.wellingtongallery.com.hk

Christian Liaigre Asia
2/4 Nai Lert Tower, 2nd floor, Suite 36,
Wireless road, Lumpini, Patumwan,
Bangkok 10330 – Thailand
www.christian-liaigre.co.uk/details.html

Figures & Sala – Art studio & Gallery
23 soi Phokaew 3 yek 21,
Phokaew road, Klong-Jan, Bangkapi,
Bangkok 10240 – Thailand
www.figuresandsala.com


PAST & FUTURE EXHIBITIONS

2015
Art Taipei 2015 from October 29th to November 2nd
Shanghai Art Fair 2015 from November 12th to 15th
Solo Exhibition – Philippe Staib Gallery – Shanghai in September

2014
Shanghai Art Fair 2014 from November 13th to 16th
Art Taipei 2014 from October 31st to November 3rd
Solo Exhibition – Red Sea Gallery – Singapore from October 9th to November 2nd
ArtExpo Malaysia 2014 from September 25th to 28th

2013
Shanghai Art Fair 2013 from November 14th to 17th
Art Taipei 2013 from November 7th to 11th
ArtExpo Malaysia 2013 from September 19th to 23rd
Duo Exhibition – Chanintr Living – Bangkok from July 17th to August 31st
Studio Open House – Bangkok June 1st & 2nd

2012
Art Taipei 2012 from November 9th to 12th
Shanghai Art Fair 2012 from November 1st to 4th
Art & Arch Museum in Taichung - Taiwan
Solo Exhibition – Philippe Staib Gallery – Taipei from June 23rd to July 22nd
Solo Exhibition – Philippe Staib Gallery – Shanghai from June 17th to July 15th
Solo Exhibition – Red Sea Gallery Singapore from March 30th to April 30th

2011
Chiefs & Spirits in Den Haag - Holland
Lineart 2011 from December 2nd to 5th
Shanghai Art Fair 2011 from September 14th to 18th
Art Taipei 2011 from August 26th to 29th
Monumental sculptures exhibition – Galerie François Giraudeau in July & August
Art Revolution Taipei from May 12th to 15th

2010
Lineart at Flanders Expo, Ghent – Belgium from December 3rd to 7th
Solo Exhibition – Wellington Gallery Hong Kong from October 27th to November 26th
Jing’An International Sculpture Project 2010 in Shanghai – China
Solo Exhibition – Red Sea Gallery Singapore from September 18th to October 17th
Shanghai Art Fair from September 8th to 12th
Solo exhibition – Yishu8 Beijing from March 27th to April 26th

2009
Solo exhibition – YI&C Taipei from December 21st to January 19th
Solo exhibition – Wellington Gallery Hong Kong from October 9th to November 8th
Solo exhibition – Galerie François Giraudeau Paris from September 21st to October 20th
Shanghai Art Fair from September 9th to 12th

2008
Art Shopping at Carrousel du Louvre Paris from October 25th to 26th

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