Valeska Soares

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Valeska Soares
Born1957 (age 61–62)
EducationUniversidade Santa Úrsula (bachelor), Pratt Institute (masters), New York University (doctorate)
Known forsculpture, installation, video, photography, drawing

Valeska Soares (born in 1957 in Belo Horizonte, MG) is a Brooklyn-based Brazilian sculptor and installation artist.[1]

Her sculptures and installations utilize a wide range of materials—including reflective mirrors, antique books and furniture, chiseled marble, bottles of perfume—and draw on both her training in architecture and the tools of minimalism and conceptualism.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Valeska Soares received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Universidade Santa Úrsula, Rio de Janeiro, in 1987. In 1990, she completed a graduate certificate in the History of Art and Architecture from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro.[3]

She presented her first solo exhibition in 1991 at Rio's Espaço Cultural Sérgio Porto. That same year she was awarded a fellowship from Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) to obtain an MFA from Pratt Institute. In 1994, after completing her MFA, she became a Doctor of Arts Candidate at the New York University School of Education and had her first New York solo exhibition at the Information Gallery.[3]

In 2003 she had her first survey exhibition, Valeska Soares: Follies, which was presented by the Bronx Museum of the Arts and traveled to the Museo de Arte Contemporâneo in Monterrey in Mexico.[4]

Soares’ work has been included in numerous international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale of 2011 and 2005; the São Paulo Biennial of 2009, 1998, and 1994; the Sharjah Biennial in 2009; the Taipei Biennal in 2006; the Liverpool Biennial in 2004; and the Havana Biennial in 1991. [4]


Soares' education in architecture solidified her interest in site specificity and artworks that consider their spacial context.[5] Her work often explores the point of transition from one physical or psychological state to another.

Soares's sculptures and installations repeatedly contrast slick, reflective materials such as stainless steel and mirrors, with more ephemeral ones, like roses and lilies, revealing her interest in matters of subjectivity, perception, reflection, and distortion. These mirrored surfaces are used as a way to engage the viewers, who transition from passive spectator to active participant.[2] She also uses numerous other sensory techniques, like sound, and smell, to create new environments and experiences for viewers.

Recurring themes in Soares' work are interpersonal relationships, glossaries, labyrinths, and gardens, elements through which the artist alludes to mythology, literature, and to art history itself.[6]

Public collections[edit]

Valeska Soares pavilion in Inhotim, Brumadinho, MG, Brazil.

Soares work is included in the collections of museums and cultural institutions in Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, England, Mexico and USA[7]:


  1. ^ "Valeska Soares - Exhibitions - 11R Gallery". Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  2. ^ a b "Valeska Soares". Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  3. ^ a b Cultural, Instituto Itaú. "Valeska Soares | Enciclopédia Itaú Cultural". Enciclopédia Itaú Cultural (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  4. ^ a b "Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now - Announcements - e-flux". Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  5. ^ "Valeska Soares - Artists - Alexander Gray Associates". Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  6. ^ "Valeska Soares | Artspace". Artspace. Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  7. ^ "Valeska Soares – Public Collections". Retrieved 2018-10-29.

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