Angela Valeria, b. 1940, grew up in Brighton Beach in sight of the vast horizon of the Atlantic Ocean and the carnival atmosphere of Coney Island, surrounded by the supportive tribe of a huge Italian immigrant family. She received her BFA at Hunter College, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and Bologna. Among Valeria’s deepest influences are Abstract Expressionism, Jazz, the Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Liberation, the Renaissance, Surrealism, and Fellini.
She works with a variety of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking and textile art. The images Valeria composes, whether dyed, painted or printed, explore the inseparable link between the human race and nature, and our reciprocal evolution with all the other life forms that share this planet. Inspired by deities of ancient religions, myths, and folklores, particularly the bird women and goddesses of pre-historic fertility cults. Her work combines animal and human features to let the spirits, often obscured from our eyes, emerge into existence.
Valeria has exhibited extensively in New York, and has been included in many publications. Her work is held by public collections, including the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. Alongside her personal artistic practice, Valeria has also spent much of her life teaching art to a wide range of students, at Parsons School of Design, Empire State College, and Hunter College.
November 12 - December 3, 2015
2 x 6 x 17 Drawing Show
August 13 to September 3, 2015
Representational Group Exhibition
October 9 to 30, 2014
Angela Valeria: On the Wall
July 31 to August 21, 2014
What You See Is What You Get
September 5 to October 10, 2013
Angela Valeria: Common Karma