Valentine Svihalek

Valentine Svihalek

Abstract Painter, Educator, Founder

The Story

Valentine is a Belgian and American abstract painter, international educator, community director, podcast host, author, and mother of two. After the birth of her first child in a Czech village surrounded by people who spoke a different language, she felt isolated. Supported by the Artist Residency In Motherhood Program, she developed a process of artmaking that liberates expressive energy and establishes connection. Graduate studies in philosophy and postgraduate studies in teaching, literacy, and culture in San Diego and mentorship with Multimedia Artist, Isadora Stowe provided the foundation for her work. Passionate about education and connecting people with opportunities, Valentine founded the Art Connect Women’s Collective (formerly Art Mums Europe) and the Art Connect Society. Inspired by her community work, she published Mama Meditations: The Imperfect Artist Mother Journey, Mindful Mantras, and The Bright Side: Affirmations For Overcoming as reflections on postpartum experience. She founded the Bella Valentina Artist Residency Program. Valentine has exhibited her abstract paintings and poetry in galleries in Europe, with the Jewish Museum Prague, Canadian BHA Gallery, curated solo and group exhibits. She’s been published in international art magazines. In 2022, she published Painting Our World, US: An Artist Diary, and was longlisted for the Women United Art Prize. She hosts the Art Mamas and Art Sisters Podcasts and is a member of artist organizations and galleries such as Spilt Milk Gallery, The Art Queens Society, Create Magazine, Artist-Mother Network, ARIM, Victory Art Gallery.

The Story

Exhibitions

Power Lies Within – Curated Solo – Women United Art Movement 2022

Like A Mother – Curated Group – BHA Gallery Canada 2022

Vanish – Curated Group – Victory Art Netherlands 2022

US: An Artist Diary – Curated Group – Kavarna Pole Czechia 2022

The Colors Of Us – Curated Group – Art Mums Europe 2022

Speaking Through My Hands – Curated Group – Women United 2022

European Day Of Culture – Solo – Jewish Museum Prague 2021

Underwater – Solo – CompanyArt Gallery Bratislava 2021

Arts Of Women – Curated Group – Impact Hub Brno 2020

Colors Of Femininity – Duo – Podnik Cafe 2021

Park Lane Cafe – Solo 2020

Magical Places – Trio 2020

La Casa Verde – Group 2020

Podnebi – Solo 2019

Kabinet Muz – Solo 2019

Stara Pekarna – Solo 2018

Vinna Galerie – Solo 2018

Confessions – Duck Bar – Solo 2017 – 2018

Authored

2022 Painting Our World: Personal Stories Of Artistic Ingenuity & Triumph

2022 Us: An Artist Diary

2022 The Bright Side: Affirmations For Overcoming

2020 Mama Meditations: The Imperfect Artist Mother Journey

2020 Mindful Mantras

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

"I wish for everyone to embrace themselves fully, unearthing the natural beauty and energy within."

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