Valeria Andreis is an Italian painter working between Milan and London. She is now attending her final year at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, but part of her studies have taken part at Camberwell College of Arts in London, thanks to an Exchange Scholarship she won last year.
Knowing human beings are not more than an animal species, she enjoys reading Charles Darwin, Desmond Morris and James Rachels, to have a deeper understanding of the hows and whys of our bodies and behaviours. Leaving the psychological aspects to personal interpretations, her paintings mainly represent parts of bodies as still lives, with a focus on their mechanical aspects, especially the structure of bones, muscles and blood vessels. Valeria believes that the aim of the painter, as the one of the writer, is the one to create something from zero and to make it seem real to the spectator, for how surreal it may be. In her spare time, she likes to visit zoology museums preserving bones and specimens to carry on her visual and biological studies.