manifest international drawing annual 2007 exhibition-in-print
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Petra Valentova
Jersey City, NJ

Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY


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The most recent layered drawings react to multicultural environment I found myself place into a confluence of several cultures, which creates unique environment of symbols, histories, emotions and personal stories. Indian Series capture ethos and colors of enchanting but at the same time chaotic and complex India. They reflect my post-modern comprehension of an ancient civilization. The endlessly overlapping half-circle ornament used in drawings originates from peacock motif often used in henna wedding tattoos in Northern India. The colors used in drawings refer to the bright and rich atmosphere of Indian environment. These drawings are an analysis of personal history and attempt to understand the world so distant from my own.



born: 1974, Pardubice, Czech Republic


Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY, MFA, 2005
Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, MgA. (Master of Arts), 2001

selected awards/honors

Digital Stone Project, Mercerville, NJ, 6 months residency, 2008
Fulbright Commission Stipend for Postgraduate Studies, 2003-2004
Raumars, Artist in Residency, Rauma, Finland, 01/2003 ? 02/2003
Academy of Fine Arts Studio Award, AVU, Prague, Czech Republic, 2000

selected publications

Petra Valentová: Searching for a Sámi/Cookbook: Jitro Publishing House,
Prague, Czech Republic, 2007
Kristina Alda: Searching for a Sámi in New York City: Prague Daily Monitor,
Prague, Czech Republic, October 4, 2007
Yhteyksiä/Common Ground: Raumars Artist In Residence Programme,
Rauma, Finland, p. 180-181, 2007
Milan Tesař: Sběratelka dat: Reflex,
Prague, Czech Republic, p. 94-97, December 20, 2007

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Käsipitsit/Laying Laces - Performance: Potkuri, Rauma, Finland, October 6, 2007
Petra Valentová: Searching for the Sámi/Cookbook: Umělec Art Magazine, 2005
Unreachable distance, Gallery Titanik, Turku, Finland, 2004
Identity (Identita/Identiteetti), Lönnströmin Art Museum, Rauma, Finland, 2003

selected group shows

Lana Santorelli Gallery: Abstraction, New York, NY, 2008
Subdivision Art: Untitled, Long Island City, NY, 2007
Lönnströmin Art Museum: Yhteyksiä/Common Ground, Rauma, Finland, 2007
Tina B: Metamorphosis, mobile-video art, Prague, Czech Republic, 2007

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