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Valérie Depadova

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Valerie retains peaceful images from her childhood in Bou Haroun on the Algerian coast. From an early age, she drew, painted and sculpted. Being an artist was evident, natural, and a need. Her father brought back objects that fascinated her from his military missions in the heart of Africa. They inspired her pictorial work with surprising ethnic...

Valerie retains peaceful images from her childhood in Bou Haroun on the Algerian coast. From an early age, she drew, painted and sculpted. Being an artist was evident, natural, and a need. Her father brought back objects that fascinated her from his military missions in the heart of Africa. They inspired her pictorial work with surprising ethnic connotations. The African continent bequeathed her the wealth of a palette of shimmering colours and a candid and spontaneous expression.
Valerie mixes acrylic, pastel, ink, pencil and collage. Canvas, magazines and old encyclopaedias are reworked, reprinted, sometimes beat up, wrinkled, painted and assembled in a patchwork of colours. Words are captured, isolated from their original context and find a different meaning.
Colour is brutally worked with a knife. Characters gradually come to life on an abstract background and evolve slowly through the paintings.
Africa is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Valerie; the stylized human forms, their disproportions, the protruding or hunched lines, the characters’ often asymmetrical and dynamic postures, all reminiscent of African sculpture. This personal and rhythmic approach to anatomy brings about a vitality and strength that illuminates each composition.
The characters’ eyes within a triangle of faces, observe time and movement. From this perspective, Valerie connects art to the most important events of life giving her creations a social dimension. Through her evocatively titled works, the artist invites us to join her in her reflection on our predatory world.
Valerie observes human beings with great fondness and wishes to convey a message of love, gentleness and joy. She seems to remember that there can be warmth at the heart of winter.

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Beyrouth / Beirut Beyrouth / Beirut
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Fakhry Bey Street Beirut Souks
Downtown Beirut
00000 Beyrouth
Phone: +961.1.999983

Monday:  10h30 / 19h30

Tuesday:  10h30 / 19h30

Wednesday:  10h30 / 19h30

Thursday:  10h30 / 19h30

Friday:  10h30 / 19h30

Saturday:  10h30 / 19h30

Sunday:  12h / 19h30

Istanbul Istanbul
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Yeni Çarşı Caddesi, no 9
Galatasaray mahallesi, BEYOGLU
34433 Istanbul
Phone: +90 2122431130

Monday:  Fermé

Tuesday:  10h30 / 20h30

Wednesday:  10h30 / 20h30

Thursday:  10h30 / 20h30

Friday:  10h30 / 20h30

Saturday:  10h30 / 20h30

Sunday:  12h00 / 20h30

Sedona (Arizona) Sedona (Arizona)
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Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village 336 State Route 179, Suite B121
Sedona, AZ 86336
Phone: 928-282-8704

Monday:  10h00 / 18h00

Tuesday:  10h00 / 18h00

Wednesday:  10h00 / 18h00

Thursday:  10h00 / 18h00

Friday:  10h00 / 18h00

Saturday:  10h00 / 18h00

Sunday:  10h00 / 18h00

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