Valentina Bilbao

Artist Statement

My artistic process is reflected onto my artwork through music. Music becomes my air. Music is my energy and I capture that energy in my work. I feel the music inside of me. “ I transform the music using a subjective process, I decode the music and transform it in color, that is to say I paint the music, bringing it from the abstract plan to the concrete, enabling it to be visual and tangible”. My heart dances with to the rhythm of it. The vibrations of every instrument dance in my soul and turn each note into a color on the canvas. When I paint, time and space don’t exist. My work is the union of color and music together formed into a harmonious symphony that makes my soul light with happiness. My passion for life inspires me. It brings feelings, emotions, and thoughts together into one, from the infinite blue of the sky and sea, to the heat of the sun’s yellow that melts into the air. The green of the meadows to the breezes that make trees dance. There are so many elements that are greatly important parts of my passion. Whether it is the music that accompanies me by capturing the colors that bring my work to life. My paintings carry a message of love, energy, bliss, absolute dedication, and passion. My passion for life inspires me to bring positive emotions and thoughts together in my work. Through each stroke of paint I reveal what I have inside, the giant desire to turn the world in to a better place. What I hope to achieve with my work is to give the gift of love, energy and peace through each painting. The vibrant abstract expressionist paintings of Venezuelan-American artist Valentina Bilbao are inspired as much by music as they are by the deep wellspring of human emotion. Within each painting, color becomes the central element through which Bilbao is able to express and expand upon her feelings, enabling her to bring those emotions from the abstract to the real world. Her use of a spatula imbues a great deal of texture into the paint while fostering a sense of movement that is reflective of the inherent fluidity of the emotive realm. Bilbao explains the musical inspiration for her work in simple but moving terms: “Music becomes my air, it is my driving force… I can feel the music inside me, my heart dances with each beat, the vibrations of each instrument dance in my soul, transforming each note into my painting... My work is a union of painting and music together into a harmonious symphony that makes my soul smile.” Above all, Bilbao seeks to create paintings that transmit powerful positive emotions, thereby transforming the world into a better place.

Biography

Valentina Bilbao is a visual artist she was born in Caracas, Venezuela. From a very young age she discovered her love of painting, drawing and poetry, she dedicated herself learning new techniques that allowed her to further develop her artistic skills. She felt the need to convey her knowledge, and created the Drawing and Painting Workshop "Brushstrokes", which had children and youth of different ages. Valentina continued to dabble in art and received more training at the School of Visual Arts while at the same time she studied Psychology. Her artwork captures a full and complete expression of emotions; joy, passion and love with spontaneity, energy and strength through a wide range of colors, textures, shapes and figures making all of her artwork comprehensive and rich in content. In addition her artwork has balance and harmony, which is the result of all the elements in the right proportions coming alive and maintaining a constant motion. Color is the main character of her work and which all other elements are combined. This technique is the result of admiration and study different movements of art, which shows an extraordinary capacity for synthesis and integration.

Valentina Bilbao Van der Biest

Education
1999 - University de Artes Plasticas Arturo Michelena Valencia Venezuela.
1999 - Child Psychology, Valencia, Venezuela.
1998 - Teacher at Betania School, Valencia, Venezuela.
1997 - Teacher at Andres Eloy Guzman Blanco School. Studio of emotional difficulties, Valencia, Venezuela.
1996 - Ceramic studios, Valencia, Venezuela.
1996 - Teacher at Jose Felix Sosa School. Studio of learning difficulties, Valencia, Venezuela.
1995 - Teacher at IEE Carabobo. Studio of special kids, Valencia,
1994 - Humanities Bachelor. Institute Santa Cruz Valencia Venezuela.
1993 - Drawing and painting classes, Ateneo de Valencia. Valencia, Venezuela.
1992-94 Teacher drawing and painting own studio Pinceladas, Valencia, Venezuela.

Solo Exhibition:
2007 - Solo Exposition - Asian Colour Art - Exhibition Hall of IDU La Vina. Valencia, Venezuela.
2006 - Solo at the International Fair of Valencia, Museum of Plaza de Toros. Valencia Venezuela.
2005 - Exhibition at Plaza de Toros "The Cute" Bullfighting
2005 - Solo Exposition Collection - "Colour Art" Private Exhibition UDI in Valencia.

Group Exhibitions:
2016 - International Art Fair - March 18-21, 2016 Boca Raton, FL
2016 - Scope New York - March 2-6 2016 - SCOPE New York Pavilion 639 W 46th St New York, NY 10036
2016 - Art Wynwood Miami - February 2016 - Wynwood Art Districts
2015 - Aqua Art Miami - December 2-6 2015 at the Aqua Hotel
2015 - Curators Voice Art Projects - Premium Art Basel Season 2015
2015 - Curators Voice Art Projects - SALON 2015/JURIED SHOW - Wynwood Art Districts
2015 - The Softline- Curators Voice Art Projects Miami, USA.
2015 - Contemporary Perspectives -Agora Gallery - New York, NY. USA.
2015 – Silence, Curator's Voice Art Projects, Miami, USA.
2015 - ArtExpo NY - Pier 94, New York, NY. USA
2015 - Pulse of Abstraction - Agora Gallery New York, NY. USA.
2014 - Beautified Objects - Art Basel Season, Curator Art Projects.
2014 - The Illusion of Reality, Bologna, Italy.
2014 - Art Scope - Juried Art Show, Curator's Voice Art Projects, Miami, USA.
2014 -Venezuelan Art Festival, Fonzo, Miami - Curator's Voice Art Projects , Miami, USA.
2014 - Tour De Force Closing Show & Art Walk - Curator's Voice Art Projects, Miami, USA.
2014 - Show Stellar Miami - Curator Voice Art Projects, Miami, USA.
2005 - Elements Fashions. Valencia, Venezuela.
2005 - Club Hipico "Bullfighting" Valencia, Venezuela.
2004 -1st. Braulio Salazar Gallery Group Exhibition in aid of Special Kids, Olympics held in Japan. Valencia, Venezuela.

Awards:
2016 - Leonardo DaVinci 2016 Florence, Italy
2015 - Salon 2015 Juried Show, First Place in Painting, Curator Voice art projects, Miami, USA.
2015 - Salon 2015 Juried Show, First Place in Painting, Curator Voice art projects, Miami, USA.
2014 - Oct. Salon 2014 Juried Show, Second Place in painting, Curator Voice art projects, Miami, USA.
2014 –Jun. Salon 2014 Judied Show, Second place in painting, Curator Voice art projects, Miami, USA.
1993 Award: First place Poetry, Santa Cruz. Valencia, Venezuela.
1994 Award: First place Poetry, Santa Cruz. Valencia, Venezuela.
1995 Award: First place Poetry, Santa Cruz. Valencia, Venezuela.

Interviews:
2015 - Boca Life Magazine
2015 - Golf Coast Magazine
2014 - Notitarde Magazine
2007 - Interview Magazine Enfokte.
2006 - Interview with Marisol Pradas. Notitarde.
2005 - Union Radio. Andreina Maria Machado.
2005 - Interview with Wilmer Rafael Hernandez, Program: Chain Reaction
2005 - Interview with Tania Nieto. Union Radio.
Interview by Martha Maria Sambrano. Dat TV
Interview by Belen Marrero. Dat TV
Owner of Pinceladas, art studio for kids. 1992 -94, Valencia Venezuela.