Born in Moscow in 1966, Svetlana Valueva was accepted into art school at the tender age of six - an astonishing child prodigy. By the age of 8, she was winning international exhibitions and at age 11, was featured in a documetary on outstanding artists that was shown in theaters across Russia. By then, her father, a gifted artist himself, had given her his own studio. Also, she had been secretly shown the fantastical works of artists like Klimt, Alfons Mucha, Sargent, and Alma-Tadema, whose styles were quite forbidden in Soviet era Russia. However, this discovery was the springboard for Valueva's exquisite Art Nouveau-inspired vision. She began to attract scores of collectors and dealers who smuggled her work out to avid admirers around the world, until the Art Academy finally allowed her a summer trip to study in Europe. From there, Valueva easily gained international acclaim, and remains one of Russia's most outstanding artists.
“Why are my subjects women? Because beauty excites me, I like to see transformations, diversity, the layers covering the vulnerable paleness of a female arm, or tender matte luster of flesh; the skin’s translucence beneath a film of gauze draping a naked body. My brush does not just move about the surface, it carefully penetrates the space of another dimension, going beyond the frontier - which is insurmountable to anyone else. There truly is space and life behind that fragile margin, as in a mirror. Of these space and life forms I express my daily chronicles, of their everyday life and feasts. And – of women who belong there”.
100х150 см. Oil on canvas. 2016 г.
80x130 cm. Oil on canvas. 2011
90x120 cm. Oil on canvas. 2010
"The secret garden"
100x130 cm. Oil on canvas. 2002
"The gifts of Deluna"
90x120 cm. Oil on canvas. 2016
"Invitation to the lost world"
130x100 cm. Oil on canvas. 2003
"The outgoing summer"
120x110 cm. Oil on canvas. 1997
"Women and light"
100x80 cm. Oil on canvas. 1992
100x80 cm. Oil on canvas. 1993