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It is important to know the shaping steps of an artist in order to understand the path he took to delineate his personal artistic language. In the case of Valeria Corvino in particular, this means taking a reverse path to learn what stimulated her to the random nature of certain meetings and what needs spurred her to expand her knowledge, to refine her inclinations, and to constantly educate her talent.
After attending the Accademia di Belle Arti 'at the school' of masters such as Gianni Pisani, Armando De Stefano, Gerardo Di Fiore and Franco Mancini, in order to deepen her study of the image, starting off from the analysis of form in its most natural meaning, the artist decided to approach photography, by attending a course directed by Mimmo Iodice, an undisputed master of artistic photography. By comparing the two techniques (painting and photography), the artist succeeded in perfecting her inborn leaning toward equilibrium (between a real fact and its representation, between form and matter, between aesthetics and content, between classicism and modernity). From the application of the rules of the respective artistic processes, she derived her own personal stylistic alphabet which, although today it ramifies in several disciplines (oil on canvas painting, mixed technique on paper, drawing, engraving), it always adheres to rigorous formal and aesthetic principles. In fact, her works, which are built on a judicious use of light and colour and on a harmonious alternation of lines and volumes, appear to have in common a spasmodic search for a wholly new criterion of 'grace'. Her artistic research aims to absorb the myth, to distil a renewed vital lymph in its classic representations, and to update it in order to bring it as close as possible to contemporaneity. In fact, some significant iconographies in the history of Italian art (such as "Endymion", "Daphne", "Perseus", and "Dioscuro"), when resuscitated in the hands of the artist, rediscover new vitality and fresh vigour.
The apparent 'hyper-mannered" character typifying her strokes, which purposely betrays the sources of inspiration of her paintings, should not be confused with pure 'quotationism'. Neither can it be assimilated by conservative tendencies, because the artist's links with tradition are not nostalgic or, worse, reactionary, but are rather meditatingly dialectic and stylistically innovative. Corvino's adherence to certain formal values, therefore, amounts (but only so) to her personal verification of the continuity between past and present and to her expedient to update the appropriate often lost harmony. From this stems her ability to interpret - in an up to date and, therefore, highly modern manner, and from many aspects, in a powerfully conceptual and symbolic way - the icons of the 'myth', however, conferring new meanings to the rituality of certain poses. Through an act of reconciliation between the functional elements of style of the historical heritage and the allusions of modern aesthetics, the artist adequately compensates Beauty, which, in her works, translates into a renewed praise of Proportion, neither being separated from an original, highly personal Reinterpretation.
Valeria Corvino, in her career of over twenty years, has participated in numerous collective exhibitions, and has had personal exhibitions in some of Italy's most prestigious exhibition venues, including: Museo Nazionale of Naples (Sala Gemito); Castel dell'Ovo, Naples; Villa d'Este, Cernobbio; Angelicum, Milan; Palazzo della Penna, Perugia; Casina Pompeiana, Naples; the Spanish Cultural Institute, Naples; Fondazione delle Stelline, Milan; Palazzo della Provincia, Salerno; Palazzo Barberini, Rome; Castel Nuovo, Naples.
She has also taken part in important cultural events such as the Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Florence, and the International Exhibition of Celico.
In 1995, she made an important appearance at the collective exhibition organised as part of the International Biennial Art Exhibition of Venice at the spazio Zitelle in Giudecca.
Valeria Corvino was born in Naples in 1953.
Her masters at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Naples where Gianni Pisani, Armando De Stefano, Ernesto Tatafiore and Mimmo Iodice.
She lives and works in her studio-home on Posillipo hill, Naples.
Valeria Corvino