Created in 2018 by Valentina Bilbao, THE MISSION, acrylic on canvas of 72″ x 72″, is a unique extraordinary Artwork, defined by the artist as her pictorial representation of the music for The Mission movie by celebrated composer Ennio Morricone, born in Rome, Italy, in 1928. The main protagonist of the film placed in the 1740’s, Spanish Jesuit priest Father Gabriel, enters the northeastern Argentina and eastern Paraguayan jungle to build a mission. The South American Guaraní natives strap Father Gabriel to a wooden cross to throw him in the Iguazu Falls. He saves his life, when reaching the top he plays his oboe and the Guaraní fascinated by the melody permit him to survive. This moment, in which the contrast among the unique sound of the oboe overcomes the whole orchestra playing violins and other instruments, is romantic and delicate, with the oboe outstanding the background melody depicting the water running on the Falls, and then, as magical drops the instruments come alive again. Valentina Bilbao is inspired by the music that she masterly interprets in her painting, as every dripping are the sounds becoming a visual and tangible artwork. The circle means Eternity and forever Love that continues to form in the canvas, while the music complemented by a human choir of voices insinuating beauty and healing, is perceived in the painting. Valentina Bilbao says: “For me music can save lives. Browns, gold, oxide tones in the painting shine, meaning that light overcomes darkness.”
Curatorial Statement by Mariavelia Savino
One of the most exciting discoveries acting as Consultant Curator of an Artist is to see when artists initiate to develop a new path in their creative inspiration and use of technique. Recently, Valentina Bilbao started a new step in her paintings that I consider exquisite, deeply inspired and well developed. She has created very minimalistic and delicate paintings using on her canvas a clean white color for their background. Then, she depicts a definite textured expanding center employing her mastership in the palette knife technique, producing strong visual effects in the same white color selected as background. The result is a extremely attractive White on White artwork absolutely elegant and emotive. But, the Artist doesn’t just stops here, as she continues on some of her new artworks to develop her painting using a monochromatic dripping technique consisting in soft and defined dots made in a selected pastel color. Therefore, while the concentric strong spatula accents stop and soften before arriving to the edges of the canvas, the new drippings address the attention of the viewer towards the ends of the painting creating a feeling of uniqueness and infinite emotion. It is important to note that all these paintings are in synchrony with the music that Valentina Bilbao listen to develop her Art. She absorbs and decodes it when creating her paintings. The music is always there as a spiritual and uplifting companion on the creative process.
Music: by Ennio Morricone from the film Cinema Cinema Paradiso
My name is Valentina Bilbao and I am an artist. I became one because I believe my purpose in life is to share one very important message. To explain myself, the message I intend on sharing is the importance of love… Yes, love, but not the superficial kind we are most often exposed to, but something much more.
I would like to transmit the significance of what love truly is and what it means to love.
Being able to love ourselves is only possible through understanding and accepting ourselves.
Only then do I believe humanity to be capable of giving or receiving love.
I don’t pretend to coach, I’m not here to preach. I am here to remind people that we are all unique and that makes every single person special. There has not been any one like oneself and there will never be. I want to make sure that everyone can keep the power and the light that they have.
Please, understand the importance of sharing that light with every one, every second of your life because you are responsible for the environment you produce.
The world needs you, so please help us by strengthening yourself. This era that we are living in today is very complicated. People base their self-worth off an image and comparisons. This is an era in which nothing is enough.
Exposure to today’s society and social media can sometimes cause a feeling of pressure to change yourself in every sense. To change your face, your body… to feel accepted.
This generation invests a lot of time in their work or studies, as well as working to improve the physical appearance of their body, but often overlook taking the time to better understand and love themselves. We forget to manage our spirituality and emotions and pay a price for that.
Please, take a little more time to nurture your spirituality and to share your emotions.
For this reason, I decided to be an artist. I needed to explain the importance of living a meaningful life. The importance of appreciating what you can’t see, like music. I have always believed that through the music, I could explain what Love is, its power, and how important it is to live ones life to the fullest extent.
At this moment I have started to transform music into color, because through this process I explain better myself and my view of this world”
There is what happens to groups of people in this world: one group is creating and building, and the other is destroying. We have to decide in which group we want to be.
We have the commitment to make and keep better this world, as it is impossible to be in this world, at least one day, without affecting it.
I only come to remind you that we need your light, your power… because you are unique.