Valéria Nascimento

Over the years, my work has come to focus on large commission based installations. I always take into consideration the space that my installations are going to be housed in, to me it is very important that they blend in to their environment, complementing the space.   My inspiration is drawn mostly from the natural world, though my work carries references to both architectural and botanical forms. For as long as I can remember I have always been fascinated with repetitive sequencing in my work, combining separate elements to form a cohesive group.   Nature is full of reoccurring patterns and rhythms; spirals, waves, repeating petals and leaves. As in nature, each piece of my work, though seemingly a duplicate, is unique. Porcelain has the smoothness and the malleability that I need to create new shapes, manipulating them to appear in some cases defiantly weightless.   My work is a celebration of nature itself. I aim to create works that inspire, connect and touch in an emotional way, taking the viewer on a journey through different ethereal, botanical and peaceful landscapes.    


Born in Goiânia, Brazil in 1962, I grew up surrounded by exuberant Brazilian landscapes which inspired me from an early age. I initially studied Architecture, during which time I became greatly inspired by the works of architects Roberto Burle Marx and Oscar Niemeyer. I graduated with a degree in 1985, cementing my interest in the fusion between urban landscapes and natural forms. After graduating I moved to Rio to pursue my Architectural career, it was here, a year later, where I was introduced to clay and became fascinated by its multiple possibilities for expression and development of ideas.   I began to focus more and more on working with ceramics and started exploring concepts where natural forms and urban landscapes merge .