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Valerie Piraino

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Bad Seed, 2014 Polystyrene, Epoxy Clay, Paint. 4 X 5 X 8 Inches © Valerie Piraino
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Juicy, 2014 Polystyrene, Epoxy Clay, Paint, Resin 4 1/8 X 4 1/4 X 5 3/4 Inches © Valerie Piraino
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Golden Toils (Unspoiled Papaya), 2014 Polystyrene, Epoxy Clay, Paint 5 X 5 X 9 1/4 Inches © Valerie Piraino
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Go to Seed (Tar Papaya), 2014 Polystyrene, Epoxy Clay, Sawdust, Paint 5 1/2 X 5 X 9 3/4 Inches © Valerie Piraino
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From Hispaniola and Back Again (Papaya on Ore), 2014 Polystyrene, Epoxy Clay, Paint, Reisn 9 1/4 X 5 1/4 X 4 3/4 Inches © Valerie Piraino
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Sweet Tropical Edibles, 2014 Polystyrene, Epoxy Clay, Paint, Resin 6 1/4 X 4 1/2 X 4 1/2 Inches © Valerie Piraino
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Southern Fruit, 2014 Pencil and Paint on Paper 12 X 9 Inches © Valerie Piraino
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Southern Fruit (Two is better than one), 2014 Pencil and Paint on Paper 12 X 9 Inches © Valerie Piraino
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Southern Fruit (Goldenly), 2014 Pencil and Paint on Paper 12 X 9 Inches © Valerie Piraino
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Southern Fruit (Black and Ripe), 2014 Pencil and Paint on Paper 12 X 9 Inches © Valerie Piraino
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Kigali, Rwanda
Lives in
New York, NY
Works in
New York, NY
Schools
MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), 2004, BFA
Columbia University, 2009, MFA
Tags
mixed-media, installation, 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.