VALYA is a fiber artist whose artwork has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, at venues such as National Art Museum, Lithuania, Oceanside Museum of Art, USA, Vision Art Museum, USA, Betriebsraum Gallery, Austria, TSEKH gallery, Ukraine, Mingei International Museum, USA, Manezh Exhibition Hall, Moscow, Russia. Her work has been presented in anthology UKRAINIAN ART OF XX TH CENTURY, Ukraine, DECORATIVE ART OF UKRAINE OF THE END OF XX TH CENTURY, 500 ART QUILTS, Lark Book, 500 FELT OBJECTS, Lark Book, among many others. VALYA received several awards and diplomas, including Brakensiek Caught Eye Award at Oceanside Museum of Art and Honorable Mention at Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE’ 11, Lithuania.
Born in Ukraine, VALYA now lives and works in USA. In 2006, she opened her studio in Oceanside, CA.
A R T I S T S T A T E M E N T
My life has been full of strong emotion, which has been imprinted on my soul and reflected in my art. I have experienced the universal feelings of love and pain, sorrow and exultation. I was thrown down into the depths of darkness and despair from which I almost did not recover. However, in time, this experience became a catalyst for my artistic work, forever altering my sense of color.
My art is a metaphor for my personal journey on the road to self-realization. The colors and images of my work are a direct translation of how my soul sees the world. Each work tells a chapter of my life and functions as a vital part of my whole life experience.