Valeria Yamamoto is a Japanese-Argentinian artist, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has studied and worked in the field of Graphic Design back in her home country. She then moved to Miami, Florida in 2001 where she replanted and followed her dream career. She acquired her BFA in sculpture from the Florida International University.
Most of Yamamoto’s sculptures are inspired by a study of organic forms found in the natural world, or as reaction to her environment. Sometimes Yamamoto’s abstract and ambiguous pieces seem to fuse the animal and plant kingdoms. She has worked in a wide range of materials and formats.
Her body of work includes small, fragile pieces made of unfired porcelain and eggshell, to 6-foot-tall sculptures built with cement, as well an ephemeral, overwhelming installation created by 400 pieces (casted in Hydrocal) showing a flying flock of birds. Yamamoto’s work has been shown in several exhibitions throughout galleries and museums in the United States, including the Frost Art Museum, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, and Art Vision Gallery. One of her large sculptures has been selected for the Third Biennial Sculpture Exhibition in Chattanooga, Tennessee and 10th Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition in the Polk Museum of Art, Winter Haven, FL.
PUBLIC ART EXHIBITIONS
2014 City of Sunny Isles Beach, permanent collection display at Intracoastal Park. Sunny Isles Beach. FL
2012 Bellweather2012, Regeneration.The 11th ed. Juried sculpture exhibition. Bellevue City Hall. Bellevue, WA.
2012 Public Art Exhibition on The Hilton Head. Costal Discovery Museum. Hilton Head Island, SC.
2012 Elevate, Art Above Underground. Atlanta City Public Art Project. Atlanta, GA.
2012 Intersections, Public Art Exhibition. City Sarasota Sarasota, FL.
2012 10th Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Polk Museum of Art. Winter Haven, FL.
2008/2010 Third Biennial Sculpture Exhibition. City of Chattanooga Public Art Project. Chattanooga, TN.
2014 PONTE DI FERRO Sculpture Symposium 2014. Carrara. ITALY
2014 Urban Landscapes. Coral Gables Museum. Coral Gables. FL.
2014 Public Art Sunny Isles City, permanent collection. Sunny Isles.FL.
2013 Miami Sister Cities International Expo. Art Deco Welcome Center. Miami Beach. FL.
2013 Artist Crawl. South Florida Art Center. Miami Beach. FL.
2012 It’s Raining. Davis Art Center. Fort Myers, FL.
2012 DCG Open. David Castillo Gallery. Wynwood. FL.
2012 Miami Sister Cities International Expo. Miami Beach. FL.
2012 Nathan D. Rosen Biennale Juried Art Competition 2012. Boca Raton, FL.
2012 Arteamericas 2012.Convention Center. Miami Bch. FL.
2011 Miami University Young Sculptors Competition. Oxford, OH.
2011 Wynwood Art Fair. Bernice Steinbaum Gallery Miami, FL.
2011 Greenhouse. Group Exhibition. Curated by Britt Miazgowicz. Bernice Steinbaum Gallery. Miami, FL.
2011 Argentinean Art Exhibit. Nova Southeastern University. Fort Lauderdale, FL.
2011 Texas National 2011.Art Competition and Exhibition. Curated by James Drake.
2011 The Cole Art Center. Nacogdoches, TX.
2011 Arteamericas 2011.Convention Center. Miami Bch. FL.
2010 Shanghai 2010 Art Fair. Shanghai, China.
2010 Arteamericas 2010.Convention Center. Miami Bch. FL.
2010 It’s a Group Thing. My PAC Space. Miami, FL
2009 Inaugural Exhibition of the Florida Museum for Women Artist. De Land, FL.
2009 58th Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition. Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL
2009 Arteamericas 2009.Convention Center. Miami Bch. FL
2009 Japan Culture Week. Alliance Françoise Culture Center. Miami, FL
2008 CCV 2008 Borscht Film Festival. Tower Theater. Miami, FL.
2008 NOBE67 Art Fair, during Art Basel. Deauville Hotel. Miami Beach, FL.
2008 Swarm. Studio 1415. North Miami, FL.
2008 Icons. Art Vision Gallery. Miami, FL.
2008 Group Show. Art Vision Gallery. Miami, FL.
2008 Small Works Show. Art Fusion Gallery. Collingswood, NJ
2008 BFA Exhibition, Spring 2008. Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum. Miami, FL.
2008 Art for Smiles. Beneficent silent auction. Graham Art Gallery FIU Campus. FL.
2008 Elevation.Invitational Group Exhibition. Bernice Steinbaum Gallery. FL.
"Linescape" series (red), 6 x 86 x 6 in., fiberglass, steel & urethane paint
"Fallen Petals", 11.75 x 19.5 x 3 in., Hydrocal, fiberglass & paint