Valerie (Valeria Dmitriyevna Savchits) was born in Riga, Latvia and moved to the North West of England at the age of 19. Since completing her studies at University of Salford in 2016, her work has been actively exhibited in galleries and art fairs. Savchits is the recipient of Hotel Elephant and Southwark Council Arts & Culture Grant Scheme and was selected as one of the three hundred art students to exhibit her work at ‘Future Late’ exhibition in Tate Modern in summer 2016 followed by another opportunity with Saatchi Gallery. Valerie has been featured in numerous blogs and publications including The Guardian, BBC Live, Manchester Evening News, The Resident and Art Maze Magazine. With an unfinished degree in chemical technology and her family’s background in building and construction, Savchits works with a wide range of materials including concrete, tiles, rough minerals and wood in tandem with spray paint and acrylic. This helps to deal with artist’s inner world that haunts and captivates her, celebrating the juxtaposition of rawness and refinement. Savchits also explores themes such as unheard, unseen and unexplained, that contain an element of self-discovery and evoke an explosive energy, leaving some space for symbolism that interprets and examines artist’s work on a more intimate level.
- 2018: Participated in National Rail’s ‘No Boundaries’ exhibition in collaboration with SCOPE, Stroke Association, The National Autistic Society and Royal Association for Deaf People to generate awareness of the support that is available for disabled people and encourage travel without boundaries
- 2017: Recipient of Southwark Council Arts and Culture Grant Scheme
- 2016: Work on window display at Uniqlo Flagship store in London (UNQILO x Tate Modern)
- 2016: Group exhibition ‘Future Late’ at Tate Modern as part of grand opening of the new Switch House building
- 2nd May 2019: ‘Sensational reportage’ at Stour Space, London, E3 2PA (Solo exhibition)