VALENTINA GELAIN

Born in Feltre, Italy, 1992 _ Currently based in Malax, Finland

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 

2014-2016 _ Master degree in Art Graphic from Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan (Italy), obtained a score of 110/110 eulogy, with the thesis Montagne d'Autore (Dino Buzzati Traverso 1906-1972). Skills in visual arts, art history and traditional graphic.

2011-2014 _ Bachelor degree in Painting from Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan (Italy), obtained a score of 108/110, with the thesis La Linea nell'Arte. Skills in visual arts, art history and painting.

2006-2011 _ Diploma of Graphic Design from T. Catullo High School Institute, Belluno (Italy), obtained a score of 100/100 in advertising graphic design.

ARTIST RESIDENCY

 

Artist residency curated by Artist Residency Swap & Finnish Institute in UK and Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, March 2022.

GRANTS

Taiteen edistämiskeskus-Taike, working grant (two months), 2022; Svenska Kulturfonden, project grant, exhibitions promotion, 2022; Svenska Kulturfonden, working grant, project The Peaks, 2022; Bröderna Gröndahls Stiftelse, project grant, installation - public art, 2022; Svenska Österbottens kulturfond (Nils Lundqvists fond), working grant, project The Peaks, 2022; Svenska Kulturfonden - Frans Henriksson fond, developement project, public art, 2022; Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet (SÖS), project grant, exhibitions promotion, 2021-2022; Vaasa City Cultural Grantproject grant, installation - public art, 2021; Svenska Kulturfonden, project grant, installation - public art, 2021; Svenska Österbottens kulturfond (Nils Lundqvists fond), project grant, The Grey Hour, 2020-21; Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet ( SÖS), project grant, The Grey Hour, 2020-21; Svenska Kulturfonden, project grant, art space - exhibitions, 2020; Vaasa City Cultural Grant, project grant, art space maintenance, 2020; Starttirahaone year start-up grant, 2018-19.

HONOURS AND AWARDS

 

FinalistExibart Prize 2021, Rome, Italy; Finalist (special mention), We Art Open 2022, No Title Gallery (Veice, Italy); Selected, RINart, Tirana International Contemporary Festival 2022 (Tirana, Albania); SemifinalistPremio Arte Cairo Editore 2021 (Milan, Italy); FinalistExibart Prize 2020, Rome, Italy; Nominated, Premio Lynx 2019, Trieste, Italy; Selected, Who I am, VIZart International Biennale 2019 (Tirana, Albania); Winners, CCSA (under 35) open call, Crema Municipality with the collective La Faretra, (Crema, Italy, 2019); Nomination, N. Zingarelli Prize, with the book I Memorabili (Cerignola, Italy, 2014); Finalist, U. Domina humoristic literature prizewith the book I Memorabili (Enna, Italy, 2014).

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions:

The Grey Hour premiere at Drama Hall (Vaasa, Finland, December 2021); Panismo Androgino at G.A.P. - Globe Art Point (Helsinki, Finland, October-November 2021); THROWughOUT (also online exhibition) at Black Box Genesis (Vaasa, Finland, March 28 - April 12 2020); Fall at Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finland, November-Dicember 2018); Panismo at Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finland, 2018); Nati Per Leggere - Libri D’artista at City Library Farinone Centa exhibition spaces (Varallo Sesia, Italy, March 2016).

Group Exhibitions:

Offside #1, curator Marcus Lerviks, pop-up space in Varastokatu 6, 65100 Vaasa (Finland, May-June 2022); RINart, VIZart, National Historical Museum (Tirana, Albania, May 2022); Il mondo animale nell'arte, Torre Colombera (Gorla Maggiore, Italy, May 2022); Pasila Urban Art Center (Helsinki, Finland, March-April 2022); We Art Open, No Title Gallery, at GAD - Giudecca Art District (Venice, Italy, January 2022); Dripping Cavities at Makers' Gallery (Vaasa , Finland, December 2021); Konstrundan 2021, online exhibition Virtual Walls? Virtual Murals¿ by Black Box Genesis (September 2022);  Mural Rural Artists’ exhibition and Art Project Presentation The Grey Hour at Malakta art Factory (Malax, Finland, September 2021); Wasa Future Festival, black box genesis team exhibition about upcoming mural Click, at Wasa Innovation Center  (Vaasa, Finland, August 2021); Mural Rural exhibition, Mural Rural Festival, at Malakta gallery (Malax, Finland, May 2021); The Body Lenguage, Itsliquid Group, at The ROOM Contemporary Art Space and Palazzo Albrizzi Capello (Venice, Italy, March 2021); Konstrundan 2020 (also online exhibition) at Black Box Genesis (Vaasa, Finland, September 2020); Group exhibition at Malakta art Factory and started a new mural painting inside the building (Malax, Finland, September 2020); Salong 20x20x20 at Galleri Socker (Umeå, Sweden, March 2020); Ibis Open Walls at Ibis Photo Gallery (Vaasa, Finland, November 2019 - February 2020); Terminal at Sale Agello (Crema, Italy, December 2019); On the occasion of LYNX 2019, my art work L'occhio del nibbio was present at the third and last exhibition at Lokarjeva art gallery, (Ajdovščina, Slovenia, November-December 2019); Who I Am, VIZart International Biennal 2019 of Self-portrait, at National Historical Museum (Tirana, Albania, September 2019); Konstrundan 2019 at Malakta art Factory (Malax, Finland, September 2019); Participation in Swiss Art Expo 2019 art fair (Zurich, Switzerland, August 2019); Terminal - una riflessione contemporanea ispirata a Leonardo da Vinci at Spazio d’arte Tribasso - Looking for Art (Milan, Italy, July 2019) and at Sala Bergognone (Nerviano, Italy, May 2019); Performer in the solo exhibition Untitled by Bekim Hasaj at Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finland, April 2019); Sussurri, Racconti Dal Contemporaneo at Villa Rusconi (Rescaldina, Italy, February 2019); Le Forme Dell'Uomo at La Casa delle Artiste (Milan, Italy, November 2018); Il Bestiario di Brera at Villa Adele in San Vittore Olona (Italy, October 2018); Le Bestie di Brera at Sala Birolli (Verona, Italy, September 2018); Under 30 at Studiodieci Citygallery Vercelli (Vercelli, Italy, June 2016); Nati Per Leggere - Libri D’artista at City Library Società Operaia exhibition spaces (Grignasco, Italy, 2016);  I draghi sono tornati, illustration exhibition at the city cultural exhibition space (Santa Giustina, Italy, 2011).

COLLABORATIONS projects

 

Click, mural painting for WIC-Wasa Innovation Center (Vaasa, Finland, August-September 2021); Mural Rural Festival 2021, selected artist for Mural Rural by Malakta rf ry (autumn 2020, postpone to spring 2021); Vaasa Arts Night 2020mural painting for Vaasa Arts Night 30° anniversary (August 2020); Vaasa Arts Night 2019art installation Glitch - sorry, there is interference (Finland, August 2019); Burning Art Festival 2018performance Deep Smoke at Malkta Art Factory (Malax, Finland, September 2018); Vaasa Arts Night 2018, performance Living Painting at Black Box Genesis art space and on the streets (Finland, August 2018); Participation as artist at the National Cultural Project Nati per Leggere (Varallo Sesia, Grignasco, Italy, 2016); Participation as fine art student in the workshop about Breraten - Quaderno Di Appunti Visivi by Barbara Vistarini ( Milan, Italy, 2015); Presentation of books to various cultural events such as Libri in Cantina (Treviso, Italy, 2013) and Buk Festival (Modena, Italy, 2014).

BIBLIOGRAPHY

We Art Open 2022, No Title Gallery, finalists’ catalog (24th January, 2022), Globe Art Point exhibitions archive (19th November 2021); Article about Mural Rural Festival artists by Another Scratch In The Wall (Milan, Italy, 31st August 2021); mentioned in Arte magazine, Cairo Editore, for Premio Arte semifinalists (August issue 2021); Interview and article by Luca Curci, Itsliquid Group (Venice, Italy, 8th April 2021); Interview and photo documentation about Mural Rural for Vaasa Museum Archive by Silvia Rinne (Vaasa, Finland, May 2021); Exibart Prize 2020, finalists' catalog (3rd March 2021); Interview and photo documentation about the Mural for Vaasa Arts Night 2020 for Vaasa Museum Archive by Silvia Rinne (Vaasa, Finland, September 2020); Interview, article and video documentation by Vaasa City cultural department, about the Mural for Vaasa Arts Night 2020 ( Vaasa, Finland, 1st September 2020); Radio interview and article by Yle cultural section ( Vaasa, Ostrobothnia, Finland, 31st July 2020); Who I Am, VIZart International Biennal 2019 of Self-portrait catalog (Tirana, Albania, September 2019); Video documentation by Crem@online and article by Cultura Crema about Terminal - una riflessione ispirata a Leonardo da Vinci group exhibition ( Crema, Italy, December 2019); Interview and article for the blog/emerging section of The Bow - Art Communicator ( Italy, 8th August 2018).

PUBLICATIONS

 

Illustrations in Eos Megazine (n. 6-7-8 2019, n.1-2-3-4-5-6 2020, n.2-3 2021); S. Gelain, V. Gelain, I Memorabili, Il Ciliegio, Como, Italy, 2013; S. Gelain & V. Gelain, Lady Schumi (vol. II), Il Ciliegio, Como, 2011 / S. Gelain & V. Gelain, Lady Schumi ( vol. I), Il Ciliegio, Como, Italy, 2010; Illustrations in L'Artiglio - L'oro del dio Hunn, Donato Altomare, Edizioni Della Vigna, Varese, Italy, 2010.

ARTIST TALKS AND WORKSHOP

Online llustration Workshop Your Story, Your Character!, Art Saturday at Malakta (13rd March 2021); Muminpyssel Workshop, after Det osynliga barnet show by Wasa Teater hosted at Malakta (28th November 2020); Online Workshop Play With Leaves, Art Saturday Malakta (17th October 2020); Artist Talk, three meetings with the students of Vasa övningsskola, about the mural commissioned by Vaasa City (Vaasa, September 2020); Handmade Paper Workshop, Art Saturday Malakta (14th December 2019); Artist Talks and Workshop, National Cultural Project Nati per Leggere (Varallo Sesia, Grignasco, Italy, 2016); Writing and Illustration Workshop and Radio Interview, with Setefano Gelain (Possagno, Italy, 2010).

ORGANIZATIONS

 

February 2021 - Present _ Full Member of G.A.P. - Globe Art Point ry (Finland);

January 2021 - Present _ Client of Kuvasto ry Visual Arts' Copyright Society (Finland);

May 2019 - Present _ Board Member for Malakta Art Factory rf/ry (Malax, Finland);

June 2020 - June 2021_ Alternate Member for Elokuvakeskus Botnia ry/ Film Centrum Botnia rf (Vaasa, Finland).

WORK EXPERIENCE

October 2021 - Present _ Private Art Teacher (Malax, Finland);

August 2021 - Present _ Owner, Manager and Art Curator of Black Box Genesis Art Space (online and pop-up events);

May 2018 - Present _ Founder and Owner of Black Box Genesis, Freelance Visual Artist for Black Box Genesis. Collaboration with Malakta ry/rf, Malakta Films ltd, Elokuvakeskus Botnia ry/rf, Regional Dance Centre of Ostrobothnia ry/rf, private customers etc;

2019 - October 2021 _ Social media and Visual Coordinator for Malakta ry/rf (Malax, Finland);

June 2018 - July 2021 _ Owner, Manager and Art Curator of Black Box Genesis Art Space (Vaasa, Finland);

October 2019 - April 2021 _ Illustrator for Eos children magazine, Nykterhetsförbundet Hälsa och Trafik rf (Vaasa, Finland);

April 2020 - August 2021 _ Co-organizer of Mural Rural Festival by Malakta ry/rf project (Malax, Finland);

January-August 2020 _ Communication, Social media Coordinator and Production Assistant of mAPs-migrating atists project, for Malakta Films ltd;

July-August 2020 _ Mural Painting in collaboration with Vaasa City Cultural Services for a mural grented by Bröderna Gröndahls Stiftelse - Veljekset Gröndahlin Säätiö sr;

March 2019 - May 2020 _ Social media, Visual Coordinator, Graphic Designer and Assistant for Elokuvakeskus Botnia ry/ Film Centrum Botnia rf (Vaasa, Finland);

June-July 2019 _ Production Assistant ( also photo documentation and Premiere visual graphics) for Touched - film documentary by Jukka Rajala and Marc Wagenbach;

2010-2017 _ Freelance Visual Artist, Collaborations with 360 Decor-Art (Milan, Italy);

August 2015 _ Private Art Teacher (Milan, Italy);

June-July 2010 _ The high school program included a month of internship during the summer vacation period with a company or a freelancerI spent my month of internship with the cartoonist / artist R. Totaro.

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