|Born||1957 (age 61–62)|
Belo Horizonte, MG
|Education||Universidade Santa Úrsula (bachelor), Pratt Institute (masters), New York University (doctorate)|
|Known for||sculpture, installation, video, photography, drawing|
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.
Education and career
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.
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.
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. 
Soares' education in architecture solidified her interest in site specificity and artworks that consider their spacial context. 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. 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.
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Soares work is included in the collections of museums and cultural institutions in Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, England, Mexico and USA:
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA
- Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, USA
- Burger Collection, Zürich, Switzerland
- Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
- Centro De Arte Contemporánea – CAC, Malaga, Spain
- Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea – CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
- Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FL, USA
- Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA
- Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, USA
- Daros Foundation, Zürich, Switzerland
- Fundação Cultural ITAU, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
- Fundación “la Caixa”, Barcelona, Spain
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA
- Inhotim – Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Brumadinho, MG, Brazil
- JP Morgan Chase, New York, NY
- Katzen American University Museum, Washington, DC, USA
- Laumaeir Sculpture Park, Saint Louis, MI, USA
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Museo de Arte Contemporánea – MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico
- Museu Arte de Pampulha – MAP, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
- Museu de Arte Contemporânea – MAC, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
- Museu de Arte Moderna – MAM, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
- Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Museu Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo – MEIAC, Badojoz, Spain
- Museum of Contemporary Art – MOCA, San Diego, CA, USA
- New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
- Pinacoteca Museum, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
- Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, USA
- Tate Modern, London, England, UK
- The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
- The MINT Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, USA
- The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, USA
- The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, USA
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