Minnie Valero

Minnie Valero
Media : watercolor, oil, pastel, mixed media
Studio : Minnie Valero
SDMAAG Member : Artist Member
SDMAAG Member Since : 2009
Artist's Resume :

Artist's Bio

Born in Argentina, Minnie Valero now lives in California (USA) and France. She holds BFA from Universidad de Cordoba, Argentina, and Masters in Arts degrees from California State University Dominguez Hills and UCLA. She has also studied Chinese Art and language in Hong Kong, watercolor and oils at L'Ecole de Beaux Arts de Paris, and Pastel portraiture at the Societe de Pastellistes de France,  in Paris, France.

Minnie sketches and paints on her trips. In 2011 she entered a sketchbook for the Brooklyn Art Library's Sketchbook Project, in New York, without realizing how far her sketchbook would go. The original is permanently housed at the Brooklyn Art Library, New York, and the scanned images became her book: My Three Lives: in Argentina, USA, and France. This book is also part of the permanent collection in some public libraries in France. In 2013 she published two books of paintings, one done during her artist residency in Sweden: Spring in Sweden, and the second after her painting cruise to SouthAmerica: Looking Forward. These two books are available through Blurb. 

She publishes a blog with paintings, sketches, and comments about art and travels. You can see it here:  http://minnievalero.blogspot.com

Minnie paints in all media: watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oils. She lets the painting choose the medium. Her inspiration comes from her travels, her readings,  and her own reflections and imagination.  She believes that change and evolution are good, and that stretching ourselves out of our comfort zone help us grow. 

Artist's Statement

 

As a little girl in Mendoza, Argentina, I used to draw pictures on the margins of  my schoolwork. Later I continued drawing and painting landscapes, my children, my friends, considering my work a hobby, secondary to my “real” studies in languages,  linguistics and education both in Argentina and the United States, and to my professional career in public education in California.

When I retired as high school Assistant Principal in 2005,  there was nothing else I wanted to do but paint.  Since then, I have dedicated myself to improve my knowledge of  art history and perfect the techniques of different media, visiting art museums and galleries around the world. I share my enthusiasm  and passion for art with my students in California and France.