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VALENTINAKI

Latvian artist, based in Italy

Valentina Kovalishina, known as Valentinaki, is a Latvian-born artist who has developed a unique style of abstract painting.

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 experiments in watercolor before studying pastel under the guidance of Valeria Shuvalova in Latvia. However, it was only after moving to Italy in 2009 that she discovered her true vocation as an artist. Here she learned the art of oil painting under the guidance of the renowned Florentine figurative oil painting artist, Giusy Boncinelli.

Valentinaki's art reflects her unique vision of the natural world. She is particularly drawn to the oyster shell, which she sees as a symbol of imperfect perfection and is the main subject of her creations.

Her abstract paintings feature easily recognizable natural forms, all inspired by her deep love and respect for the most tangible elements of the planet: nature, the sea and water. 

Through her art, Valentinaki hopes to raise awareness of 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 is dedicated to maintaining a balance and coherence between poetic and aesthetic taste through the observation of matter in its simplicity. Valentinaki has participated in numerous projects both in Italy and abroad, receiving particular attention for her site-specific installations in historic places. Her works have been exhibited in public and private places, including the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dei Miracoli in San Celso in Milan (Italy), the Castle of Vigevano in Vigevano (Italy), the Castel dell'Ovo in Naples (Italy), the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio in Milan (Italy) and the Palazzo del Pegaso in Florence (Italy). ​ Valentina Kovalishina is also the founder of The Baltic Vibe, a project founded in 2022 with the goal of promoting Baltic culture abroad (https://thebalticvibe.com/).

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023 - “Liquid Blue” - Espinasse31 Art Gallery - Milan, Italy 2022 - "Tree of Life” - Capitol 55 - Rho, Italy 2018 – "Liquid Blue” – St. Celso – Milan, Italy 2017 – “Into The White” – St. Ambrogio – Milan, Italy 2016 – “Untitled” – Gallery Statuto 13 – Milan, Italy 2015 – “Antichi sguardi su Valentinaki” – Gallery Ars Antiqua – Milan, Italy 2015 – “Black Sand” – EOTW Gallery – Lodi, Italy 2014 – “Black Sand” – Spazio Manuzio – Milan, Italy

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023/2024 - “Aqua” - Meridien Plaza with Espinasse31 Art Gallery - Monte Carlo, Monaco 2023 - “Amber Road. Reloading” - Latvian Academy of Sciences - Riga, Latvia 2023 - “Terra Cielo” - On House Milano - Milan, Italy 2022 - “Art & Design II” - Espinasse31 Art Gallery - Milan, Italy 2021 - “Green Gold” - Villa Camperio - Villasanta, Italy 2020/2021 - "The Amber Way. Reloading” - Palazzo del Pegaso - Florence, Italy 2019 - “Aurum” - Arc Gallery - Monza, Italy 2019 - “Sacrum pictura” - Museum of A.Volta - Lazzate, Italy 2019 - “Aquarius” - Arc Gallery - Monza, Italy 2019 - “Leonardo da Vinci from Ancient to Modern” - Museum of A.Volta - Lazzate, Italy 2018 - “My Latvia” - Palazzina Liberty - Milano, Italy 2018 - “Leonardo da Vinci from Ancient to Modern” - Castle of Sforza - Vigevano, Italy 2018 - “Dialogue between Generations” - Castel Dell’Ovo - Neaples, Italy 2017 - “Shade of white” - Hernandez Art Gallery - Milan, Italy 2017 - “Virtual Art meets Ocean” - Espinassse31 Art Gallery - Milan, Italy 2017 - “Contemporary Art in Villa” – Villa Mazzucchelli – Brescia, Italy 2016 – “Small is Beautiful” – Zoia Gallery – Milan, Italy 2016 – “Elusive Amusement” – WE Gallery – Berlin, Germany 2015 – “Grottesco” – University of Parma – Parma, Italy 2015 – “Who Art You?” – Fabrica del Vapore – Milan, Italy 2015 – “Terra” – Porta Venezia Bastions – Milan, Italy 2015 – “Lumière” – Rosso Tiziano Gallery – Piacenza, Italy

ART FAIRS

2023 - Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary with Espinasse31 Art Gallery - Palm Beach, USA 2022 - Context Art Miami with Espinasse31 Art Gallery - Miami, USA 2019 - Tilt Brush painting in virtual reality - Towant event - Milan, Italy 2018 –“Affordable Art Fair” with ARCGallery – Milan, Italy 2017 – Art festival “BrerArt” – CAM Garibaldi – Milan, Italy 2017 - Live Art Performance “Acqua” - Rho Fiera - Milan, Itay 2017 –“Affordable Art Fair” with Zoia Gallery – Milan, Italy 2016 – Affordable Art Fair with a EOTW Gallery – Milan, Italy

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2022 - sculpture Post-Plastic-Fauna, 20x30x5 cm - Latvian Embassy - Rome, Italy 2020 - sculpture Post-Plastic-Fauna, 18x30x5 cm - The art collection of Tuscany region - Florence, Italy 2017 - painting [WHITE SAND IV], 100x100 cm - The art collection of Municipality of Milan - Milan, Italy 2016 - painting [XXV], 80x80 cm - General Honorary Consulate of Latvia in Milan - Milan, Italy

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Valentina Kovalishina, known as Valentinaki, is a Latvian-born artist who has developed a unique style of abstract painting.
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