The artist Valenti describes herself as an type of Animalière – an artist who specialises in the realistic portrayal of animals. Thus tapping into a very old tradition which includes artists from the 17th century Flemish artist Frans Snyder to the 19th century French artist Rosa Bonheur. Her perceptive use of the portrait tropes of those times to depict various animals as distinguished members of society, even in some cases as ‘aristocats’, sometimes with humorous intent she says – ‘blends society’s historical legacy with current environmental concerns’.
An animal artist par excellence Valenti studied in the National College of Art and took various masterclasses at the Royal Hibernian Academy, both here in Dublin. Her research of painting materials and techniques of the ‘Old Masters’ is an integral part of her practice as in evidenced in these wonderful paintings from the series ‘Tales of Animalia’.