Arts & Sculptures Inspired by Nature
Born in Paris on 1965. I studied in a school of arts located at my home town, and worked 10 years as a designer for various textile factories of African fabrics.
Later worked, as architect designer, decorator and as a graphic designer. I live in Costa Rica since 1999.
Since then, Costa Rica has become my adopted land, the powerful nature that surrounds it was going to trigger a desire for personal expression, making my work on a first series of paintings inspired on my African past and will continue with a series of large canvas inspired by flowers and tropical plants.
On 2013, I decided to explore a world that always fascinated me, Glass.
Dissemination of Work:
Gemlucart Palmares 10º édition Monte-Carlo – Monaco
October 2018 – Galerie Bettina, Paris 6º
Venise Biennale Art and Achitecture – Sept 27/Nov 25, 2018
« Environment Food Chain » RE-Artiste international 2018 (New York city)
Biennale Tamarindo Art Festival 2018 (Costa Rica), 3 stands - video and photos - signature piece of the Festival
Biennale Tamarindo Art Festival 2016 (Costa Rica)
Wondering what is it like to be alive?
It is not so much the answer that matters, but it is to ask the question.
Empower and bring awareness of the value of life in all its forms.
From the moment that life reveals its true face there is no beginning, no end, only an ebb and flow of continuity… an eternal breath!
I work through intuition, there I come into contact with myself. I collect fallen trees, dead branches, fungi, roots, driftwood, empty walnut shells and seed pods. They are considered “dead Nature” forgotten by all because they are without value to most people. I collect them jealously as for me, they tell the story of our land, our heritage, a part of ourselves.
I sublimate my wood treasures by covering them with gold. It is a sensual act to apply a gold leaf. The gesture must be calm and precise, she asks to hold her breath at the moment of the pose, a parenthesis in the tumult, like an act at once religious and voluptuous.
Every day in my studio, I found, form and shape glass beads like tiny beings, similar but in reality, all different and once assembled, form a colony, a people. To repeat these gestures again and again is a therapeutic mediation for me.
Then comes the assemblage… gold forever symbolizing power and eternity, glass a token of purity and clarity.
At the moment they unite, the metamorphosis takes place and the resurrection takes shape, the vibrant creation of a new organic material comes to life, highlighting the value of mere life itself.
It is necessary for the whole process to take its time as it is a Re-birth. There lies all the meaning of my work.
We fully realize ourselves when we are aware that our time is limited, which gives more value to life and allows us to appreciate the beauty of what surrounds us, every minute, every second that we are given.
A MINUTE OF ETERNITY
During the Tamarindo Art Wave Festival 2018, Valerie Rey showed one of her biggest and majestic artworks, SuperNova. Unfold the inspiration that embodies the origin of her creation.
M3TAMORPHOSIS will take you through a journey of inspiration and thought about Valerie Rey’s work, while experimenting the emotions of our existence and the natural beauty that always has distinguished Costa Rica.