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Valeria Brancaforte
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I am self-taught artist: I graduated from the Università di Milano in Slavic Languages and Literatures. I'm Italian, based in Spain since 2004.

Poetry, literature and foreign languages - if not language itself - has always been a necessary nourishment, an indispensable complement, the starting and ending point of my artistic vision. I have always been drawing and doing art: among the reasons why I decided to make of Slavic studies my cultural background, was a deep fascination with typo-graphic aspects of the Cyrillic alphabet, beyond wanting to discover the meaning beyond those semantic symbols.

When I realized my first limited edition book (Mice) based on a text by Lev Tolstoy, which I myself translated into Italian, I discovered how the woodcut technique not only permitted me to harmoniously combine a text with illustrations, but also to carve - and translate - a text devoting all the time and dedication each word requires: it was the perfect medium for me to express the twofold task highlighting the visual magic and the semantic valence of the word.

My artistic interest and commitment has been focussing on printmaking and fine press books: a successive project, "Duccio the Householder Appliances Painter", was awarded at the Bologna international Book Fair as well as in Tokyo. It has also appeared in 2008 on the British magazine "Illustration", Spring Issue. 

Combining words and images revealed itself a winning experience over again when working on "All The Letters To The Beloved", a series of 23 color woodblock prints. The gallery presentation in Milan, also displaying the original woodblocks, was colorful and successful.

When I moved to Spain, I kept on deepening my printmaking experience and took two intensive years in Stone Lithography and one in typography and letterpress. Apart from limited edition books and albums, I have been working on a number of various illustrations and design projects (t-shirts, lamps and lamps shields, etc...).

I am currently working on a new book project which will see the light in 2009 and printing nice new prints.

Thank you for taking the time to get to read so far!
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At 0:18 on May 27, 2010, fabio said…

At 8:41 on November 6, 2009, Tim Mosely said…
G'day Valerie, didn't realise you had joined good to see you here and hope you enjoyed IMPACT as much as did cheers Tim
At 8:24 on May 27, 2009, Dean Clark said…
No - We've shipped to Europe for over 40 years! We do, however, have many distributors in Western Europe...England, France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Spain and probably a few that I've missed.

If the Spanish distributors aren't stocking what you need, either contact them and ask them to add your needs to their next order, or we can make arrangements to ship directly. We have an order going out in the next couple of days to Valencia, but the paperwork is completed on that one, so it will have to be the next order.
At 6:58 on April 9, 2009, Simonetta Melani said…
Ah, vedo qui sotto il grande GAetano Bevilacqua...!!
At 6:57 on April 9, 2009, Simonetta Melani said…
Ciao valeria,
grazie per l'invito. ce l'ho fatta. Un solo problema: NON SO L'INGLESE!!! SOB! mi vergogno... Bacioni e complimenti
At 12:53 on January 24, 2009, Jim Lee said…

Hello. I don't really have a website of my own. Hopefully some day soon. I will post images from my books on this site as they get made. I also have a page on where I post images of my single sheet prints and drawings. Nice to meet you online.Thanks for inviting me to be a friend.

At 0:51 on December 24, 2008, Katie Baldwin said…
Thanks Valeria! --Kt
At 5:25 on December 4, 2008, Diego de los Campos said…
molto bello il suo lavoro valeria!
At 11:08 on November 24, 2008, Slav Varlakov said…
....good work !
you know I'm always around
my HP
At 1:21 on November 24, 2008, Heidy Hollemweguer said…
Hey Valeria! yes buuuu :( my web is not ready yet.. but a friend and I are trying to finish it for this dec..
thanks for your comment. I saw your pics, they're great!. I love your divertimenti and the illustrations!..
nice to meet you through this If u're in fbook add me with: (I don't have my own artwork there as I really want to put all my stuff in my web soon)
Heidy (peruvian in london)

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