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Valentina Kovalishina, known as Valentinaki, is a Latvian-born artist who has developed a unique style of abstract painting. Born in Riga in 1985, Valentinaki's artistic journey began with watercolor experimentation before she studied pastels under the tutelage of Valeria Shuvalova in Latvia. However, it wasn't until she moved to Italy in 2009 that she discovered her true calling as an artist. There, she learned the art of oil painting under the guidance of the renowned Florentine figurative oil painting artist, Giusy Boncinelli.
Valentinaki's art is a reflection of her unique perspective on the natural world. She is particularly drawn to the oyster shell, which she sees as a symbol of imperfect perfection, and it is the main subject in most of her creations. Her abstract paintings feature easily recognizable natural forms, all of which are inspired by her deep love and respect for the planet's most tangible elements: nature, the sea, and water. Through her art, Valentinaki hopes to raise awareness about the urgent need for sustainable practices and inspire viewers to take action to preserve our planet for future generations. Her artistic style is based on abstractionism, and she is dedicated to maintaining balance and consistency between poetic and aesthetic taste through the observation of matter in all its simplicity
Valentinaki has participated in numerous projects both in Italy and abroad, with her site-specific installations in historical locations receiving particular attention. Her work has been displayed in public and private venues, including the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dei Miracoli at San Celso in Milan (Italy), the Vigevano Castle in Vigevano (Italy), the Castel dell’Ovo in Naples (Italy), the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio in Milan (Italy) and Palazzo del Pegaso in Florence (Italy). Valentina Kovalishina is also the founder of The Baltic Vibe, a project established in 2022 with the goal of promoting Baltic culture abroad. The project aims to showcase the unique artistic and cultural heritage of the Baltic countries, including Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. Through exhibitions, performances, and other events, The Baltic Vibe aims to bring Baltic culture to a wider audience and encourage cultural exchange between the Baltic countries and the rest of the world.
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