Italian and portuguese artist, HElena Valsecchi was born in Novara, Italy, in 1976. She currently lives and works between Lisbon and Peniche, Portugal.
Through a reflection on painting, seen in a broader perspective and including pictorial installation and, in it, physical phenomena such as shadows and reflections, HElena Valsecchi investigates the dimensions of life / death / sacred / memory through the rhetoric of the double, and their experience in the contemporary context.
Since 2015, she has been regularly exhibiting in Portugal and abroad, and she has participated in several art residencies.
Carmona e Costa / MArt bursarist for 2019-2020 MArt’s Art Residency program.
Since 2020, she collaborates with RAMA Art Residencies, Maceira and Alfeiria, Torres Vedras Portugal.
2021: Selected for #365dayafter art project, created by M O K O N S H U conjointly with Art gallery Garanza Kamba, International artist residency De Liceiras 18, Independent Institute of Contemporary Arts Snarte Space. The project includes an online exhibition and offline exhibitions in Kyiv (Art organization “Mokonshu”) and China (independent Institute of Contemporary Arts “Snarte Space”); and a presentation of the project research results in Zagreb (Art gallery “Garage Kamba”) and Porto (Artist residency “De Liceiras 18”). | Collaborative Art Creation Residency in Portugal’s West Coast, with artist Davide Canali. Online portfolio at: www.identidellaterra.com
2020: Art Residency at RAMA – Residências Artísticas, Maceira, Torres Vedras, Portugal. | “Insterstício”, collective exhibition. MAAT, Lisbon, Portugal. | “Exposição de Bolseiros MArt 2019/2020”, Galeria Sá da Costa, Lisbon, Portugal.
2019: Art residency at “Casa Animal” with Musa Paradisíaca. Fábrica da Pólvora, Vale de Milhaços, Portugal. | “Ronda da noite”, final exhibition of MArt’s “Acadêmia de Verão”. “Montejunto 1” project was awarded with Carmona and Costa / MArt / Sá da Costa bursary for the 2019-2020 MArt Artistic Residency program. Lisbon, Portugal. | “PLACELESS”, solo exhibit. Lx Factory, Lisbon, Portugal. | “Coexistência e Negociação”, collective exhibit. Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Cascais, Portugal.
2018: ArtParma Fair with “809 Art Gallery”, Parma, Italy | Ar.Co Art Residency, São Carlos Theater, Lisbon, Portugal. | Collective exhibition “8”, Fábrica Braço de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal. | Exposição colectiva, Centro Cultural Malaposta, Odivelas, Portugal.
2017: Collective exhibit, Galeria Beltrão Coelho, Lisbon, Portugal. | Honorable mention at “Bienal de Artes Plásticas de S. Catarina”, Leiria, Portugal. | Solo exhibit, Câmara Municipal do Cadaval, Portugal. | Collective exhibition, Centro de Documentação da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.
2016: Solo exhibition. Banco Popolare, Novara, Italy. | Selected for an exhibition in VerdiOFF circuit, in occasion of “Festival Verdi”, Teatro Regio – Parma, Italy. | “Paratissima”, Lisbon, Portugal. | Solo exhibition, Fábrica Braço de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal. | Art residency funded by Glo’Art Art Center, Lanaken, Belgium.
2015: Collective exhibit. Açores Fringe Festival. Madalena, Açores, Portugal. | “Tonalidades”, art residency. Live performance. Museu do Pico, Açores, Portugal.
2021: “Art creation from a place” with Carla Rebelo.
2020: “Insterstício”. Workshop with Vasco Barata. MAAT, Lisbon, Portugal.
2019-2020: Resident Artist at MArt – Bursary MArt / Carmona e Costa / Sá da Costa. Lisbon.
2018-2019: Courses / Mentorships. MART, Lisbon, Portugal.
2018: “A Sombra e o seu Duplo” with Fabrizio Montecchi, Museu da Marioneta, Lisbon, Portugal | 2018: Drawing and painting, Ar.Co. Lisbon, Portugal.
2014: “Workshop Prático para Fazer uma Escultura Básica em Madeira” with Claire de Santa Coloma – Moinho da Fonte Santa, Alandroal, Portugal.
2011 – Puppet Making Course, Academia Kabuki – Lisbon, Portugal.
2003 – 2006 – Theater studies – Campo Teatrale, Milan, Italy (various representations).
1999 – Degree in Public Relations – IULM, Milan, Italy.
1991 – 1995 – Theatre course, “Caterpillar” company with Wanda Maio – Liceo Scientifico Antonelli, Novara, Italy (several shows and contests at national level).