Gabriela Valencia was born to be an artist: She is a painter as well as a violin player. Born in Ecuador, she started her extensive artistic education in high school at the Colegio Municipal Bellas Artes Guayaquil and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising at the Universidad Laica Vicente Rocafuerte de Guayaquil. She obtained her Violin Teacher Certificate of Training at the Conservatory of Music, Antonio Neumanne, Guayaquil. Gabriela also studied semiotics in Havana, Cuba. She completed four semesters of Music Education at the Universidad de Manabi’ in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Since March 2020 she has been following the Master Studies in Cultural Management from the University Oberta de Catalunya.
Gabriela is a full time artist. She paints on canvas, wood or other. She also enjoys painting furniture.
How long have you been a full-time artist?
I have been a full time artist since 2011. I also teach violin and art.
What is your medium?
I work with oils and acrylics. I do explore other mediums as well.
How supportive do you feel St. Petersburg community is for the arts and artists?
I am from Ecuador. I have been living in the St. Petersburg area for 11 years and I enjoy it. The community in different ways is very supportive. Artists have a lot of opportunities to grow and consequently to make St. Petersburg a better place to live.
Why did you join the Warehouse Arts District Association?
I like their proposals to engage the community. I think they are doing a great job at that. The building and the studios are very well designed. I would love to be part of activities there but, being a full time artist requires having other activities in order to pay the bills.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
I think the Art Market that WADA is promoting is a wonderful idea. I was thinking about it long time ago since there is a lot of space for it. I also have some ideas for the Art Exchange to offer:
- More Art Exhibits for members
- An annual outdoor Art Festival
- More Art Demos for members
- More opportunities for members to do a solo show
*Support more art proposals that include the community…An Annual Calling for Artists, so we can apply with our cultural project for the community.
I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious. - Andrew Wye
Profile written by Mirella Cimato.