Valeria Yamamoto, 1975.
Yamamoto has studied and worked in the field of Graphic Design back in her country. In 2001 she moved to Miami, Florida, where she initiated her career as an artist earning a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in sculpture at the Florida International University in 2008.
Currently, she is an artist-in-residence at the Bakehouse Art complex in Wynwood Art District of Miami and has been working and participated in the Simposium 2014 Ponte di Ferro Office D’Arte. Carrara, Italy.
Most of Yamamoto’s sculptures are inspired by the study of organic forms found in the natural world, or as reaction to her environment. Yamamoto’s work bounces between abstraction and figurative representations. Sometimes her abstract 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 porcelain and eggshell, to large sculpture built out of cement; as well as ephemeral overwhelming installation created by 400 wing-like pieces (casting on hydrocal) showing a flying flock of birds.
Yamamoto’s work has been shown in several exhibitions nationally and abroad through galleries, museums, and International Art fairs such as Shanghai Art Fair, Scope, Art Context, Art West Palm Contemporary, Art Santa Fe and Arteamerica ‘s. In United States her pieces has been displayed at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Coral Gables Museum, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Etra Fine Art, Irazoqui Gallery and in Singapore at Ode to Art Gallery .
Her large sculptures and installations has been selected for Public Art Exhibitons at the Costal Discovery Museum in Hilton Head, SC., City of Bellevue, WA. Chattanooga, TN, Winter Haven, FL. Sarasota, FL. and Atlanta GA. Some of her works are part of permanent collection of the City of Sunny Isles Beach, at Intracoastal Park. Miami Beach. FL. Also in the City of Flagler Village.