CV OF ALBERTO VALENTINI
(last updated June, 2010)
-Born August 1, 1955 in Sora (Fr), Italy
-1957 moves with parents to Toronto, Canada
-1979-1984 Central Technical School of Art, Toronto. Subjects: painting and drawing
-1984 Decides to become a full-time artist.
-1984-1986 Accademia Delle Belle Arte, Verona, Italy. Subjects: painting, sculpture, art history, colour theory
-1987-1997 travels and lives in US, Mexico, Colombia, Australia, Italy, Spain
-1997 settles in Den Haag, Nederland
ABOUT ME NOW
Since April 2007 I have started my project “Wet paintings from the lowlands”, for which I intend to make a painting on location (plein-air style) every day, or as frequently as possible. This frequent activity of creating and meditating on art brings me in a flow that supports and develops my creativity. After painting for over 30 years now, and having always been fascinated by light and composition, the sights of the sea currently are my focal point, or as some say, my inspiration. The apparently simple composition of beach, water and air is time and time over again a challenge and rewarding experience to grasp in oil on a canvas, while being exposed to the elements – and transferring the scene to a visual form.
WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY
"Alberto Valentini has a good rapport with physical reality, one sees this in his paintings. However, one feels something else in certain shadings, certain unusual transparencies and improvisations of colour, in certain magical ambiguities of form.... His paintings are posotive, direct and robust. His drawings are well constructed and his forms have an essentially passionate quality... Alberto knows how to penetrate mysterious realities and he knows how to introduce fragments of them effortlessly.... The viewer can have a strange glimpse of foreign worlds through the good, positive and generous spirit of the artist."
Professor Luigi Scapini
"The artist pursues his search for the most complete meaning of existence through painting... Nudes, faces and expressions reveal emotional strength, which then create the point of departure in his observation of reality."
Dr. Archimede Ruggiero
“I admire the intensity of his single-stroke female nude sketches.”
Alain Hilgers, Leiden
"Alberto's work shows hist mastery of the technique of painting. He has an eye for detail and succeded in capturing a picturesque part of the harbour."
Juryreport Ezels aan de Maas 2003
WORK OF ALBERTO VALENTINI CAN BE FOUND IN THE FOLLOWING COLLECTIONS:
• Stichting BCOM, The Hague, Netherlands
• Centro Asturiano de Mexico, Mexico City
• Department of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto
• Municipal Archive, Delft
• Private collections across most of Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, South Africa, India, China, Japan, and Australia.
Dec. 2009 Sicilian Paintings, That’s Amore Café, Den Haag, NL
Febr. 2008 Outdoor and Studio Paintings. European Patent Office, Rijswijk, NL
Nov. 2007 Recent paintings. American Book Center, Treehut Gallery, The Hague, NL
Febr. 2007 Female Nude, British Club, The Hague
Dec. 2006 Nederlands door Italiaanse ogen, Gallery "de blauwe leuning", The Hague
April 2006 Sea Views, Recent paintings, American Woman's Club, Den Haag
March 2005 Nudes in Movement, Stichting BCOM Gallery, The Hague
Febr. 2004 Plein Air Paintings. American Women’s Club, Den Haag, NL
Febr. 2003 Landscapes. American Women’s Club, Den Haag, NL
Dec. 1999 - Jan. 2000 The Masters and me. Korenhuis Centrum voor Kunst en Cultuur, Den Haag, NL
Aug. 1999 Assorted Work. Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis, Delft, NL
Dec. 1998 - Jan. 1999 Hommage aan Vincent. Eetcafé De Klap, Den Haag, NL
Sept. 1998 Opening exposition. Art Spirit Gallery, Den Haag, NL
May 1998 Landscapes. Eetcafé De Klap, Den Haag, NL
March 1997 Assorted Works. El Bloque, La Nucia, Alicante, E
March 1996 Homage to the Unknown Artist. Trattoria d'Artisti, Toronto, CA
Febr. 1996 Language of my Art. Malik Rose Gallery, Toronto, CA
Sept. 1995 La Ballerina. Otario School of Ballet, Toronto, CA
June 1994 Retrospectiva como Introducion. Centro Asturiano de Mexico, Mexico City
Sept. 1989 Italian Landscape Paintings. Dooney's Café, Toronto, CA
Aug. 1988 Opere ricente. Hotel La Piazza, Panarea, I
Aug. 1987 Black Series (1986). Dooney's Café, Toronto, CA
Nov. 1985 La modela nel'arte. Galleria Il Posto, Verona, I
July 1985 Dipinti 1980-1985. Villagio Turistico Cincotta, Panarea, I
June 2010 Noordwijk Schildersfestival, Noordwijk, NL
June 2010 Italian Paintings, Galerie Peter Altena, Baarn, NL
Mar. 2010 Seascapes, Galerie Peter Altena, Baarn, NL
Nov. 2009 Buurt Paintings, Galerie 55, Den Haag, NL
June 2009 Noordwijk Schildersfestival, Noordwijk, NL
June 2008 Noordwijk Schildersfestival, Noordwijk, NL
June 2007 Noordwijk Schildersfestival, Noordwijk, NL
June 2006 Noordwijk Schildersfestival, Noordwijk, NL
Jan 2006 Engine Gallery Artists, Toronto, Can
July/Aug.2005 Den Haag creatief Haagse Kunstkring, The Hague, NL
June 2005 Noordwijk Schildersfestival, Noordwijk, NL
Sep. 2004 Artists Abroad Exibition, Kunstkerk, Amsterdam, NL
June 2004 Noordwijk Schildersfestival, Noordwijk, NL
Dec. 2003 - Jan. 2004 New Works. Galerie Kloosterput, Doesburg, NL
Dec. 2003 First Annual Salon Exhibition. Engine Gallery, Toronto, CA
Dec. 2003 Female Nudes-Erotic Art. Galerie The Sultan, Amsterdam, NL
Nov. 2003 Kunstmanifestatie 2003. Sint Pieterskerk, Leiden, NL
Sept.-Dec. 2003 Vincent etcetera. Galerie Afterdaan, Elim, Hoogeveen, NL
June 2003 Noordwijk Festival of Painters. Noordwijk, NL
June 2002 Noordwijk Festival of Painters. Noordwijk, NL
Jan-Febr. 2000 Mexican faces. Stella-Bueno Kunstgalerie, Den Haag, NL
Sept. 1999 - Febr. 2000 The Jezus Mystery, Den Haag/Drachten, NL
July 1999 Den Haag paints. Haagse Kunstkring, Den Haag, NL
June 1999 Workshop painting, Vivari Sculpture, Vivari, Greece
Oct.-Dec. 1996 Small portraits. Fridas Craft Gallery, Toronto, CA
Sept. 1996 - Dec. 1997 Exhibiting Artist. Swan Gallery, Stratford, Ontario, CA
May 1996 First Annual Spring Show. Praxis Gallery, Toronto, CA
April 1996 C.O.W.C. Spring Art Show. Canadian Opera Company, O'Keefe Centre, CA
Febr. 1996 Winter Art Show. National Ballet of Canada, O'Keefe Centre, CA
July 1995 Faces Series. International Network Workshop on Creativity, Asilomar, California
Dec. 1994 Exhibiting Artist 1994. Centro Asturiano de Mexico, Mexico City
Nov. 1991 Art-Sex-Immortality. Gallery Grey Matter, Toronto, CA
Oct. 1991 Artist-Subject-Object. Gallery Grey Matter, Toronto, CA
June 1991 Lyrical Perspectives. Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Toronto, CA
Aug. 1989 Italian/Canadian Visual Artists Inaugural Exhibition. Dooney's Café, Toronto, CA
Nov. 1987 Still Life Works. Gallery St. Luke, Toronto, CA
Oct. 1987 Eros and Bill C-54. Gallery 306, Toronto, CA
March 1987 First Annual Spring Exhibition. Gallery St. Luke, Toronto, CA
Oct 2005 Kunst10Daagse, Bergen NH, Netherlands
Dec 2004 Kistjesproject van Stichting BCOM, Winnaar publiekprijs, The Haque, NL
Sept. 2003 Ezels aan de Maas. Rotterdam NL
Dec. 1995 Tenth Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art. Del Bello, Toronto, CA
Oct. 1988 Third Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art. Del Bello, Toronto, CA
May 1988 BACA's 39th Promenade Art Show. Brooklyn, New York, USA
sept. 1987 W.S.O.A.E., New York, USA
July 1987 Discovery 3. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, CA
May 1987 BACA's 37th Promenade Art Show. Brooklyn, New York, USA
Information in Dutch
Alberto Valentini werd in 1955 geboren in Sora (Fr), Italie, maar bracht zijn jeugd door in Toronto, Canada. Na vijf jaar kunstondewijs besloot hij in 1984 naar zijn geboorteland terug te keren, waar zijn ontdekkingsreis als kunstenaar pas echt goed begon. Hij volgde tot 1987 lessen aan de academie van Verona en reside/woonde vervolgens in diverse landen, waaronder Italie, de VS, Canada, Mexico, en Spanje, om zich in 1997 in Den Haag te vestigen. Zijn reiservaringen dienen hem als permanente, rijke bron van inspiratie. Alberto is gefascineerd door de mystiek van het scheppingsproces. Om zijn creativitiet vrij te kunnen laten stromen stelt hij zich zo open mogelijk op, waarbij hij de techniek als middel tot zijn doel ziet. Zijn creaties zijn positief, sterk en direct.
Rudolphine Eggink(Den Haag)
Information in English
Alberto Valentini was born in Sora near Frosinone, Italy on August 1st, 1955. Poor and in search of a better life, Valentini's family moved to Canada when he was two years old, he lived in Toronto until 1984. He then decided to return to Italy to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Verona, and to reinforce his connection to the country where he spent his summer holidays.
His childhood visits to cities such as Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples made a profound impression on him. The warmth of the Italian culture and the sensations he experienced were retained after his trips abroad. These filled his life while giving another dimension to periods of solitude spent in his chalet in the Northern Ontario wilderness. In an attempt to bring together the contrasting realities of these two very different experiences, Valentini had to discover himself.
The artist pursues his search for the most complete meaning of his existence through painting. His interest in the body and particularly in nudes answers this personal need to understand the true meaning of life. The body becomes the major manifestation for his creativity. Nudes, faces and their expressions reveal emotional strength, which then create the point of departure in his observation of reality.
Under the guidance of artists, Carlo Bonato and Gino Bogoni, he studied sculpture at the Academy of Verona. During this period, he further developed his rapport with form and his work acquired greater depth. The exposure to Italian artists and the European art provided him with new stimulus. This enhanced his previous five year training in life drawing and painting with Canadian artist Andrew Bodor in Toronto.
Dr. Archimede Ruggiero - Padova, Italy. 1985
I was fortunate to have Alberto Valentini as a student at the Academy in a course in which we researched various approaches to color theory, according to rules not widely developed.His attitude was contemplative, but at the same time active, and this undoubtedly contributed to the success of a course from which everyone benefited. During the course of the year our acquaintance grew. I saw his works; I knew about his daily program and his outlook and I became richer for the positive vibrations that his person and his works emanate.
As mentioned above, there are two sides to Alberto Valentini, The contemplative and the active. Both of these are developed well enough so that, far from being contradictory, they come together in a balance so positive that he displays a goodness, a generosity, and a complete dedication to art as a driving force.
I believe the key to a valid understanding of Alberto's works can be found in his balance of the characteristics displayed in the biblical figures of Martha and Mary: He works with the dedication of Martha, he is generous and he does not give up an opportunity to increase his knowledge, to inquire or to do. Canada, Italy, Mexico,.... the world is not too big for his search for good teachers or for new stimulus. He is always open to knew ideas and a deepening of cultural understandings. Alberto moves easily and quite elegantly within the practical world, giving the impression that if there is a opportunity to increase his creativity, he won't pass it by.
His paintings are positive, direct and robust. His drawings are well constructed and his forms have an essentially passionate quality. There is a healthy sensuality in his nudes and colors and his psychological perceptiveness in portrait paintings reveal such active souls full of life. These are a few of the characteristics so very evident in his works.
Alberto has a good rapport with physical reality, one sees this in his paintings. However, one feels something else in certain shadings, certain unusual transparencies and improvisations of color, in certain magical ambiguities of form, in a certain all consuming naivety in the repetition of certain mysterious themes.
Alberto is a contemplative person, a true mystic. It is enough to look at him and lose yourself for a moment in the transparency of his eyes, and he takes you to transcendent dimensions, vast and unknown worlds, in which he also can lose himself by virtue of his purity. Surely, it is from these magical flashes that the prospective and humble viewer of his works can be rewarded because one is viewing a type of painting that is deceivingly simple at first glance. Alberto knows how to penetrate mysterious realities and he knows how to introduce fragments of them effortlessly, perhaps without even knowing it himself, into that clear and balanced context that his defined and practical instinct makes of his paintings.
Valentini is young, still developing, certainly he will not stop here, still caught between the influences of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, yet gathered with a decisively Expressionistic grip. Having him as a student, I was able to witness his extraordinary growth potential first hand. Alberto won't avoid good masters, good influences or any sudden enlightenment that his artistic fate may bring him. I believe this fully because he continuously tempts fate, trying continuously to penetrate where the sacred games of the spirit are celebrated and of which art is but a pallid, yet faithful reflection.
It is in fact, I think, this act of evolving that should make Valentini's present works attractive to the collector. This artist won't stop here, be sure of that. The promises of his future are already coming together - promises that bloom into unexpected dimensions, while having their own provisional quality, fascination and value that the growth of the artist will enhance. Imagine the trees of the young Mondrian, or the landscapes of the young Kandinskji. I feel both of these come through in some of Valentini's works. And one cannot forget the theosophical dimension of Kandinskli, alas, quite negelected by certain critics.
In conclusion, let me say this, if there are roses, they will bloom, but already Alberto Valentini's paintings are worthy of being exhibited and admired. I think the double image of his material and spiritual nature put him in the ranks of the true portrait artist. Until now, his most successful works are portraits in which his essential qualities unify the material force of sign and color. The viewer can have a strange glimpse of foreign worlds through the good, positive and generous spirit of the artist. His work reveals the fundamentally good aspects of the psyche of the models, their hidden beauty as well as their highest aspirations.
Luigi Scapini - Verona, Italy 1985