Studio Visit with Valerie Etitinwo | FINESSE Exhibition

Studio visit with Valerie Etitinwo for ‘FINESSE’: n exhibition of works featuring Daniel ‘Pengrapher’ Oshundaro, Muofhe Manavhela, and Valerie Etitinwo.

FINESSE shows the works of artists hitting their stride in terms of the incredible skill and impressive detail that forms their artistic practice and process. From the conceptualization of their works to the execution, up until they are hung on the walls, these artists and their attention to every brushstroke is a testament not only to the success of the final piece but also to their budding careers.

“There is a saying that nothing is new under the sun, this collection is about all our collective experiences, emotions and interactions that go on under the sun.” – Valerie Etitinwo

Valerie Nkesi Etitinwo is a Nigerian artist born in Geneva, Switzerland. She joined Atelier Debrot (Geneva) from 2007 -2016 and was trained and mentored by professional artist Claire-Lise Debrot. She began to hone her craft and thus found new ways of applying her skill through mediums such as pottery, painting, charcoal, and collage.

Finding herself drawn to the cubism movement, Valerie got the inspiration that she needed to create ‘outside the box of realism. “I’ve always admired artists who can draw realistic-looking images because I’ve never been able to do so. In fact, I got frustrated at some point and decided to do the complete opposite”. It was this abandonment of the rules that helped Valerie find her own style using mainly acrylic to depict purported human figures and warped objects against vividly coloured backgrounds.

Valerie has participated in exhibitions such as Breakthrough Artist, Artspace Warehouse, California, USA 2022, “Abstraction Taking Shape”, Kunstwarenhaus Zurich Switzerland 2022 and her work was featured in an episode of the Issa Rae driven TV series INSECURE on HBO.

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