carmen valerio

About the Artist


Informed by cinematic traditions and photo chemical processes, my work is an adventure in narrative and motion through the expression of colour and texture, working on each large canvas as if it were a single photographic frame of film.

I love to experiment with different methods of production by applying and layering paint and paste to a surface with a variety of tools, alternately emphasising or suppressing traces of my touch, to create abstracted images and allowing emerging new forms to reveal de-familiarised, sculptural and tactile qualities.

My process-led practice began in the darkroom, texturising imagery by experimenting with chemicals, surfaces and historical printing methods, manipulating the photographic process to create abstracted images, photograms and collage.

The project determines the medium used as I constantly seek to give form to thought, to question aesthetics and social assumptions, stirred by the incessant emergence of new questions about art in all its forms and possibilities.

I continue to be guided by time spent in retreat deep in the Amazon rainforest, guided by the divine feminine energy of the Onanya Ainbobo – indigenous female healers working within the rich and complex medical tradition of the Shipibo people, facilitating an ancient and pioneering path to health, re-discovering our true nature and re-awakening to our true purpose.

My practice is situated between documented facts, oral histories, chance observations and figments of the imagination...

Artwork for Sale

  • Bark
  • Aamina Chine-collé
  • Walk on by
  • Closed for good reason
  • Aamina
  • Nonno
  • Nonna
  • Ninna Nonna
  • Ninna Nanna
  • Trail
  • Shore
  • Coyoacán


Group Shows

2014: 'Framed', New Artist Fair, Candid Galleries, London

2012: 'The artist & the plumber', Construction and the Games Project, Raven Row Gallery, Lexi Cinema and        Shortwave Cinema, London

2012: Work featured on 'Band of Sisters', Channel 4

2011: Portraiture Exhibition, Zoom In Photography, London

2011:'The Girl in the Blackwall Tunnel', Film Co Lab, Bargehouse, London

2010: Participatory Project at Camille Silvy: Photographer of Modern Life, National Portrait Gallery, London

2008: 'Visiting', London College of Communication

2007: 'The Doll', Blush Bar, London

The Other Art Fair

April 2014: Ambika P3, London