Valeria Pontremoli was born in Rome in 1984.
She spent her childhood between Germany, Italy and South Africa. In 2012 she graduated in visual arts at the Rome University of Fine Arts. In 2013 she attended the post graduation course in graphic design at the European Institute of Design; her final project won the Curcio Prize 2013. For two years she worked as artist studio assistant at “ Pastificio Cerere “ in Rome, currently an important cultural and artistic hub of the city with national and historical recognition.
In 2009 she began exhibiting in public and private galleries such as “Emergenze Roma” Chiostro della Basilica SS. Apostoli - Rome, “Zone Scoperte III, Omaggio all’italia bis” Museo Fondazione Venanzo Crocetti - Rome, “Zone Scoperte III, Omaggio all’italia” Palace of the Province of Catanzaro, “Giovani Artisti Azerbajiani Incontrano Giovani Artisti Italiani” Gallery 20 Art Space - Rome, “Sweet Kids” Labicarte – Rome, “AN/ICONA” Babylon Gallery- Rome.
In 2012 her work was selected for the Gorlago award, National Chalcography Award; in 2014 she won “Il Segno prize 2014” in the category “Marc Chagall” as best figurative work; in 2015 her work was selected with special mention of the jury at the “we art- contemporary art award” contest.
Since 2010 she worked at various illustration projects, including the project for the realization of historical illustrations commissioned by the Ministry of Culture of the Sultanate of Oman, the campaign for road safety “ Challenge yourself to lead your life ,” sponsored by the group ASTM / SIAS section in collaboration with the Ministries of Infrastructure and Transport, Indoors, Ivca, the European Union Commission of the United Nations .
In our modern society images are used to represent culture and information in a more concise language. We witness the paradox of not having represented the most intimate nature of what we are. Just by typing out a simple word we have access to a vast archive of inorganic visions of the world.
The works of Valeria Pontremoli originate from the need to return to a place where we don’t feel the “wanting” to find all the answers and are content with what we have and knowledge we own.
The Language of Fabrizio Dell’ Arno leads to a distortion of reality, guided through fragments of memory of the human being in its physicality. The matter is decomposed and recomposed through overlapping images, layers, in which the individual elements show us a new form, alive and organic. Through the overlapping bodies, organs, skin and consciousness we lose perception, reconstructing the image in an abstract logic of different figures that constitute a single body
The works of Valeria Pontremoli and Fabrizio Dell’Arno are perceived traces of the lived and living realities. These two artistic pursuits are focused on the body which filters off experience, the other in the atmosphere of hidden memories, both which offer two viewpoints: one aimed inward the other out on the border between what we are and what we preserve.