The unapologetically fierce and delicious paintings of the luscious Elisa Valenti scream empowerment.
Her work reflects the exact images that should also be shown on social media and magazines; women of all sizes in their normal, often domestic and personal environments.
Valenti’s work plays emphasis on the full figures, depicting the soft rolls and pouches in sublime cubist style, both abstracting and confronting.
I had a true pleasure of chatting to Elisa Valenti. We talked her ideal locations to paint, her use of colour, her memories of the creative world and her 50 house plants!
What 3 words would you use to describe your artwork?
Lush, rebellious, decadent
I've not heard anything more perfect! That is exactly your work! What has been your experience of the creative world so far?
A flush of positivity and realization. If you plant a seed and nourish it daily, your vision will realize itself. Not easy but definitely worth it.
That is extremely encouraging to hear! What is, if you have one, your preferred location to paint?
I prefer painting in a quiet location streaming with natural light. Sunlight is a charger for me. Also, I can “see” best in natural light. My home studio offers the perfect balance of light, plants and inspiration. I also work best in solitude.
Is colour important to you?
Yes, although I don’t think about colour in advance. I explore colour in the moment of painting
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on many projects including a slew of commissions.
Oooh, I can't wait for those! I wonder, have you had any memorable responses have you had to your work?
The most memorable experience comes from a woman who collected multiple large paintings for each room in her home. She said each was a reminder for her and daily visual inspiration. It’s humbling to know my
And which artwork would you like people to remember you for?
(All of it lol) but I love Every Last Drop, one of the pieces the above woman collected.
What are some values and beliefs you live your life by?
“Always do good deeds and goodness will always surround you”
“Once we stop chasing the unimportant things in life, life becomes meaningful and feels good”
What do you for fun?
I garden. I have a container garden and upwards of 50 indoor plants.
Favourite historical female artist?
Artemisia Gentileschi. In an era when women had few opportunities to pursue artistic training or work as professional artists, Artemisia pushed forward. She was a pioneer.
Favourite current practising female artist?
I love the work of Angela Fraleigh.