Interview with an Artist: Italian Painter ValeriAtelier
My name is Valeria Polledro,
but all information about my art activity
is known as ValeriAtelier.
1. Please tell us a little about your background:
I was born in Turin, Italy where I attended school and worked at different jobs. I worked for many years in an accounting department. Now I live in a small town near Turin.
2. When did you become interested in creating art?
I’ve always loved art, since I was a little girl. Drawing is one of the first forms of expression that I loved.
3. How did you learn your techniques?
I attended the Art Lycee, a High school of Art and after that studied at the University (faculty of Architecture) in Turin. These two schools gave me the basic forming in the fine arts.
4. What inspires you?
Mainly inspiration comes from the daily life and the surrounding world. They can be the elements of nature or also images you can find between people, in the streets or in reading.
5. Please describe your creative process.
The creative process is not always the same. Sometimes you follow a precise and usual plan, sometimes you act on impulse. If I want to describe a typical process, it would be as follows:
a) I define with precision the model to follow, a photographic image or a copy from life as a rule.
b) I develop the image by defining proportions and composition.
c) After that I put it into practice by deciding the support or medium to be used, based on the image.
d) I usually start painting, following the Pop Art trend, the style suitable for me for the time being.
6. What is your biggest struggle as an artist?
To acquaint people with my works and spread my own message.
7. What do you find most rewarding in this work?
The great satisfaction is to create, to note my expressive ability each time, show myself and other people, to have a special gift.
8. What is the best advice you have received, either about art or about life?
The best suggestion is to study and work on your own style, because this is characteristic of you and makes you unique and recognizable.
9. What is your best advice to emerging artists?
The same thing, mentioned above.
10. I know that you have been involved in interesting competitions. Let's see some images from a recent exhibition in Italy. The artists were given a photo of a face and were asked to interpret it. You immediately chose to paint it in pop art style. The work looks great displayed in the exhibition hall at Estazion Leonardo di Pisa.
11. Where can we see your artwork? What are your price ranges?
At the moment I have no works on permanent exhibitions, because I’ve always taken part in exhibitions and contests with precise dates.
But is possible to visit my new blog http://valeriatelier.blogspot.com/. Now I created a new shop on Etsy (an American site) , where it's possible buy my art. Please, visit it at : www.etsy.com/shop/valeriatelier.
Prices vary and are determined from dimensions and difficulty of each work.
12. What would you like buyers to know about you and your artwork?
I’d like my drawings and paintings to be an attraction for all who have never been interested in art. I think it’s very important to help and give more visibility to art and artists. In Italy, especially in some areas, art is considered a minor subject. This because trade and industry are considered more important. Everybody should understand that there is art, not only in Rome, Florence or Venice. Every city must support the fine arts and artists. Italy is one of the cradles of the arts and culture for ages: all this must be remembered and protected.
Thank you, Valeria!
COPYRIGHT: Every piece of art in this article is protected under copyright laws and may not be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of Valeria Polledro.