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Valerie Piraino

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Birthplace
Kigali, Rwanda

Lives in
New York, NY

Works in
New York, NY

Website

Schools
MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), 2004, BFA
Columbia University, 2009, MFA

Tags
installation, mixed-media, photography, sculpture

Statement

Valerie Piraino (b. 1981 Kigali, Rwanda) is a visual artist working in sculpture, installation, and drawing.  She looks to her transnational background in Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States as a point of departure to create more diverse notions of identity.  Her various bodies of work explore the landscape, economy and history of the African Diaspora.

Valerie Piraino received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004 and her MFA from Columbia University in 2009.  She was artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2009-2010 and was nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant in 2011 and 2012.  Recent exhibitions and forthcoming exhibitions include Africa’s Out, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (2015), After Afropolitan, Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn, NY (2015), Retreat, Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago, IL (2014), Round 39: Looking Back, Moving Forward, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX (2013), Present Future, Artissima, Turin, Italy (2013), Reconstruction, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, TN (2013), and Fore at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2012).  She lives and works in New York City. 

Recent Exhibits

Valerie Piraino participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2014 Retreat, an exhibition by Theaster Gates
Richard Gray Gallery & Valerie Carberry Gallery
 
Aug, 2014 RETREAT
Valerie Carberry Gallery
 
Sep, 2013 Photoplay: Valerie Piraino
Cindy Rucker Gallery
 
Nov, 2012 Fore
Studio Museum in Harlem
 
Sep, 2012 GET IT ON THE RECORD
The Visceglia Gallery, Caldwell College, NJ
 
Feb, 2011 Fidelity
Meyerhoff Gallery
 
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