Valerie Deas

I consider myself a contemporary abstract painter and a fiber artist often using more than one genre along with other mediums to create mixed media art. The  participation of more than 25 group exhibitions 2 international art exhibitions one in Brazil and the other in Costa Rica and a solo  exhibition in New York City has been a wonderful experience and continues to have great impact on my artwork. Based in New York City I currently live in the Bronx. I have traveled to Africa,Europe, South and Central America.  

I have obtained a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelors of Arts from City College of New York. Additionally, I earned a Masters of Science degree from Bank Street College of Education.Teaching art for more than 25 years continues to be a crucial component in my life as an artist. 
 I have taken painting and drawing classes at The Art Student League in Manhattan and drawing, film and mask making courses at the  School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.  I have taken  fiber art classes at Citi Quilters in New York City. 

My creative process stems from my natural inclination to create from inspiration using various artistry skills learned over a period of time. Using and experimenting with these skills have helped me to discover and explore different ways of creating art that reflects what I want to say  visually  as an artist.
My abstract paintings are mostly acrylic on paper.  They explore what we reveal and what we conceal. My signature work is characterized by vibrant colors, bold compositions and contrasting shapes. My fiber artwork celebrates culture and diversity.