Valentina Piacenza was born in Cirič the 9 of June 1977 . She lives in Pollone, near Biella where she frequented the elementary, the medium-high school and the Classical Lyceum G. e Q. Sella.
In 1996 she moved to the Giudecca Island to enroll in the course of Decoration at the Venice Academy of Fine Arts.
Thanks to the scolarship Socrates-Erasmus in 1999 she studied for one semester at the Lathi Polithecnique in Finland. From August to December of the same year she enrolled at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where, after taking a course of paper sculpture, she started working at the production of hand-made paper and collecting and gathering of special papers.
During the last year of university she took part in a project of redecoration of the First Aid of the Hospital Burlo Garofolo in Trieste and to the organization of a series of playing and drawing laboratories for the children recovered in the hospital and for the ones of the Ludoteca "The moon in the well" of Venice.
Since her childhood she has been a passioned animal drawer and once back from Boston she start a research on the frog, guide spirit symbol of reborn and transformation, that ends up with her thesis "Iconography of the frog and the toad" and her graduation in Venice with 108/110 in February 2001.
The frog became the subject of a series of whatercolours and illustrations for two children stories: "The toad and the moon" and " Gedeone wakes up".
Once back from a couple of months studying Spanish at the University Esade in Barcelona, she worked at the Territory Museum of Biella for the parietal decoration of the exhibition: "The secret of a collector: the wonderful collections of Cassiano dal Pozzo" and afterwords inside the museum as guide and organizing children laboratories
. She worked as an art teacher in the medium-high school Schiapparelli in Biella for four months and in February 2003 she moved to Perth, Western Australia to study Art Therapy at Edith Cowan University where she graduated one year after with a postgraduate diploma.
Once back in Italy, she showed at the gallery "Il gelso merlino" in Biella, the compendium of a year introspective search: a hand-made paper illustrated book "Real world and imaginary world" together with a series of crocodiles and boab-trees guaches and monotypes.
From the travels in Finland, United States, Australia, Sry Lanka and India originate a series of travel journals that have been shown in Catania at the "Salone del libro di viaggio", in Arona at the "Biennale del libro di viaggio" and in Clermont Ferrand at the "Biennale du carnet de voyage".
Her Australian travel journals have been shown in Genoa at Palazzo Ducale in a one-man show of 40 paintings "The outback colors" for the 5th edition of the Chatwin Price
For the past 4 years she has been working as coordinator of the stylist group for men, women and accesories knitwear collection of the family company F.lli Piacenza.
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