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Valeria started her career at an early age; her first exhibition took place when she was just 12 years old in her hometown, Chisinau, Moldova, generating endless appreciation for her abstract work and her sense of colour.

Multiple museums from Eastern Europe have eagerly collected her works from the very beginning. Valeria's paintings can be found in the public collections of the Museum of History and Archaeology in Moldova, the Museum of Visual Art in Galati, Romania, the Museum of Western and Eastern Art in Odessa, Ukraine, the Museum of the Village, Bucharest, Romania, and the Folk Museum, the Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania.

Valeria was the youngest ever artist to exhibit at Venice Biennale in 2011, aged 15, and her participation marked Moldova's debut on the international art stage. Her focus has evolved over time from abstract to more figurative works. She has a passion for painting portraits and exploring aspects of identity. Valeria’s art evokes emotion; she explores the way in which colour and form connects to the viewer and creates sentiment.

Valeria moved to the UK when she was 17, where she studied Art History at the University of St. Andrews. After graduation, she lived in Oslo, Norway, for two years, and she recently moved to Washington, DC.

Solo Exhibitions

2020 - Solo Show, Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo

2019 - Introduction to a new artist (6-28 March), Gallery Ramfjord, Oslo, Norway

2017 - “Life in the Meantime,” Tehran, Iran

“Between the West and the East,” Goodwood House, England

2015 -Solo exhibition, Organ Hall, Chisinau, Moldova

- HA@STA Magazine Caricature Drawing Workshop, the Barron Theater, St. Andrews, UK

2014 - "Mock Up Day Caricatures", Truro School, UK

2013 - "After the rain ...", Heseltine Gallery, Truro, UK

- Solo exhibition, Organ Hall, Chisinau, Moldova

2012 - "Color, Light, Ballet", Museum of Western and Eastern Art, Odessa, Ukraine

- "Intermission", Museum of Fine Arts, Galati, Romania

2011 - "The world around me", Venice Biennale, Moldavian National Pavilion, Venice, Italy

2010 - "The Galaxy of the Colors", Folk Costume Museum, Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania

- Solo exhibition dedicated to Teacher's Day, "Prometeu-Prim" Lyceum, Moldova

2009 - "The Truth from Children’s Mouth", National Museum of Archaeology and History, Chisinau, Moldova

- Solo Exhibition, Public Library Targoviste, Chisinau, Moldova

- Solo Exhibition at the International BookFest, XVIII th Edition – National Library of RM,

- "Abstract and not only…", Romanian Embassy in RM, Chisinau, Moldova

- Solo Exhibition, Amarillo Art Gallery, Reggio Emilia, Italy

- Solo Exhibition, Amarillo Art & Spazio Cavour, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2008 - Exhibition dedicated to the International Children’s Day, Exhibition Center “Constantin Brancusi”,

Chisinau, Moldova

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 - RBA Annual Show at Mall Galleries, London


2019 - “Nine New Painters to Panter & Hall,” Panter & Hall Gallery, London, UK

- “Art is in The Air”, Galleri Ramfjord & House of Arts Salzburg, Hangar7, Salzburg, Austria

2018 - The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK

2014 - RBA's Annual Show, Pall Mall Galleries, London, UK

- The Creative Youth, Exhibitional Center "Constantin Brâncuşi", Chisinau, Moldova

2010 - The Creative Youth, Exhibitional Center "Constantin Brâncuşi", Chisinau, Moldova

- "The Russian Art - 2010, the Renaissance", Tower of Federation, Moscow, Russia

- Charity Evening of Art, Exhibition Center "Constantin Brancusi", Chisinau, Moldova

2009 - Portraiture in the Visual Arts, Exhibition Center “Constantin Brancusi”, UAP RM, Chisinau, Moldova

- Improvised Painting, Stefan cel Mare Public Garden, Chisinau, Moldova

- "Requiem", Exhibitional Center "Constantin Brâncuşi", UAP of RM, Moldvoa

- "Chişinău –Yesterday and Today", Exhibitional Center "Constantin Brâncuşi", UAP of RM, Moldova

- Fiera d”Arte contemporanea "Immagina" di Reggio Emilia, Italy

2008 - "Autumnala", Exhibition Center “Constantin Brancusi”, UAP RM, Chisinau, Moldova

- "Creation", Exhibition Center “Constantin Brancusi”, UAP RM, Chisinau, Moldova


Distinctions/awards:

2014 - NADFAS / RBA Scholar. The work "Dancer" selected for the annual exhibition organized by NADFAS

(National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) and RBA (Royal Society of British Artists),

Pall Mall Gallery, London, UK

2012 - Awarded by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Moldova in the National Contest "Literature and Art"

2010 - Special Prize given by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Moldova in the National Contest "Literature and Art"

- Best Graphic Design Award for the catalog "The world around me", International Book Fair, Chisinau, Moldova

2009 - Awarded by UAP at the International BookFest for the catalog "Valeria Duca. Painting. Graphics", Moldova

- Second place, The Municipal Painting Contest, Chisinau, Moldova

- Nominated at The Contest of Improvised Painting, Chisinau, May 24th

2008 - Second Place, The Municipal Painting Contest for School Students, Chisinau, Moldova

2007 - Second Place, The Municipal Painting Contest for School Students, Chisinau, Moldova

Works in public collections:


National Museum of Archaeology and History of Moldova

Folk Museum, Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania

The Museum of the Village, Bucharest, Romania;

Regina Pacis Foundation, Italy

Romanian Embassy in Chisinau, Moldova


Works in private collections:

Lithuania, Republic of Moldova, Romania, United States of America, Italy, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Russian, Great Britain, Sweden

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