Milano, Italy 1996
Valentina Diena’s drawings contain the constant research of a mystical and also anthropological meaning in all those consumer goods that fill and decorate our everyday life. The artist searches and analyzes these objects as endless tiles of a single puzzle, the one of our collective memory but also of our contemporary identity, and then portray them through a thorough and detailed hyperrealism pencil on paper. In her drawings, the fetishization of the consumer good bumps into the very denial of the industrial product, a slow and strenuous technical process and a strong conceptual charge. The ambivalences that are typical of her research (picture - drawing, main character - walk on, appearance - meaning) direct the gaze to an endless research, while the use of colored pencils recovers and keeps alive the bond with a creative child experience that is shared and familiar to each of us.
Valentina Diena was born in 1996 in Milan. Her interest for art starts at a very young age and leads her to attend the Arts High School. Her specific interest for figurative arts and for pictorial and graphic disciplines leads her to the painting course at Brera Academy of Fine Arts, where she has a bachelor’s degree in 2019 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2022 with full marks (under the guidance of prof Omar Galliani). In the last few years she has collaborated with many different Italian artists and has taken part in many solo and group show all over Italy, among which the group exhibition “Self Portrait” at Museo di San Pietro all’Orto in Grosseto (2021), the solo “Sunset Jazz” at Ex Convento San Francesco in Treviso (2022), the bipersonal “Veleni Sospesi” and the group show “Fantasie Radicali” at Galleria Lo Spazio Bianco in Milan (2022). Her artistic production has been mentioned in American art and literary journals among which Pigeon Review and The Purposeful Mayonnaise. She lives and works in Milan.