"THE PROTAGONISTS OF MY PAINTINGS ARE WOMEN. I FEEL PART OF THAT TYPE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE DEFINED AS "WOMEN WHO PAINT WOMEN."
Valentina Porcelli (born in 1987) is an Italian artist born and raised in Foggia. From an early age, she showed a strong interest in drawing. The artist recalls a particular period of her childhood when, before falling asleep, she outlined the contours of the room with her forefinger. At the age of eleven, her passion for portraiture in general, from works of art to photography, pushed her to deepen her studies on human anatomy.
In 2016, the year of her degree in painting was decisive. Valentina summarized her knowledge and experimentation, obtaining metaphysical implications somewhere between Realism and illustration. In October of the same year, participating in the Young Salerno Biennale, she won the first painting prize and from there the first publication in the important national art magazine Frattura Scomposta Contemporary magazine and other collaborations and exhibition experiences.
From the beginning of her career, she used female subjects, which were initially immersed in a blue monochromatic background. From 2018 the artist felt the need to move away from the initial fund, delimiting the blue within a circle. The latter, together with the protagonists becomes the focal point of the composition, becoming a symbol. The paintings offer the viewer an intimate moment with their subjects. Most of the women in her paintings look into the eyes of the observer to create an understanding. Currently, the artist lives and works in Milan, Italy.
Through her art, Valentina brings forth a combination of innocence, wit, empowerment and strength. Where regardless of gender, the audience can be left with a sense of liberation. Valentina’s work depicts not only a beautiful piece of art, but also a sense of freedom to express oneself. At some given point, the painting and the observer somehow intertwine becoming one piece. It is a sense of understanding that is formed in the observer’s mind and the need to feel and express is transmitted during this moment.
Q. Do you remember the first art you made? What was it and how old were you?
A. My first "work of art" was a dinosaur. Maybe I was three or four years old.
Q. Why did you decide to become an artist?
A. Because it is a vital need. Without art, I would not be the person I am.
Q. What has marked your artistic journey since then?
A. My artistic career began three years ago. Being very recent I can say that I still have much to learn and so much to discover.
Q. What does your art aim to express?
A. A mental interaction. With my work I want to get the attention of the viewer. Especially through the gaze and the physicality of the protagonists.
Q. What have you had to sacrifice for this career?
A. Nothing so far. I always try to make a compromise between art and family.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. All contemporary artists are a source of inspiration and stimulus for me. I consider the comparison fundamental, as it is a requirement for one's own artistic culture. I am always happy to visit museums and exhibitions when I can.
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. My advice is not to give up. If you believe in what you do sooner or later something will come. Someone will notice you. It is a complicated job and not always understood, with ups and downs, many moments of discouragement and others of great satisfaction. But if you really love it, you can't give it up. Art is life.