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Valentina Henao

Valentina Henao

Sant Joan De Labritja, Spain

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Born in Cali, Colombia, my formative years were spent in the UK, Spain and France. My passion for art was fostered at an early age, leading to my enthusiasm in becoming a member of art classes during my school years. Though often on the move, my mother encouraged my early interest in art, ensuring I always had a medium for creative experimentation. It was during a summer in Florence, that I was first introduced to oil paint and pastels, where through drawings of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci and painting from real life, I was able to further develop my passion for the Arts.

After completing my A-levels in France, I decided to relocate to the USA and studied Fine Arts at Penn State University. It was here that I developed a firm foundation in fine art and art history. While I was able to experiment with sculpture, printmaking, photography and mixed media, my passion always remained with painting and drawing.

Following this I have lived in New York, London and Paris, where I have been able to explore the wide variety of museums and galleries these cities have to offer.

I recently spent four months in India.

As a Colombian who has lived most of her life in Europe, I am fortunate enough to be able to draw on a variety of cultural traditions in terms of artistic expression. Having been born in a city located in the south-west of the country, famed for blending Andean and Afro-Caribbean cross-cultural traditions, I have always tried to couple this cultural and intellectual heritage to my more structured European education. As I have developed intellectually and emotionally as a person, so has my artwork and my artistic curiosity.

I am a realist painter, working primarily from photographic references. I find inspiration in many subjects, whether it is figure, portrait, landscape or still life. My paintings and drawings are representational reflections of people, objects, or scenes that have caught my eye. Sometimes the attraction is purely aesthetic; the way light hits someone’s skin or the dynamic energy of a crowd. Other times the subject has thematic or narrative significance that references personal experience.

In my gallery you will find my latest work, including some of my college art work. My favourite media are Oil Paints and Pastels. I love both as I can manipulate them with ease, even when I paint I like to use my fingers to blend the paint on the canvas.

Favourite artists: the Impressionists. I love Monet’s work.


  • Age: 27
  • Joined: October 2009