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Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
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Nina Tuqtaman Valetova
Agora Gallery
New York,NY
  • Claustrophobia   Claustrophobia
    Oil on Canvas
    24.5" x 31.5"
    Nina Tuqtaman Valetova

  • Degradation of Nation   Degradation of Nation
    Oil on Canvas
    31" x 39"
    Nina Tuqtaman Valetova

  • Chaos   Chaos
    Oil on Canvas
    24.5" x 30"
    Nina Tuqtaman Valetova

Nina Tuqtaman Valetova


July 21 - August 11, 2009
Reception: Thursday July 23, 2009 6-8 PM

Press Release

Nina Valetova's mind-bending paintings stake out fresh territory in contemporary surrealist painting. Her images tap directly into an occasionally nightmarish realm of the human subconscious, where faces dissolve and disintegrate, and the human body can morph into landscape, atmosphere or architecture. Her images also reveal our contemporary obsessions with political power, dictators, oppression, ferocity and the accompanying emotional malaise. She unearths images which disturb precisely because they speak to our own collective fantasies and anxieties. Influenced by Hieronymus Bosch as much as Salvador Dalí, Nina's works are just as accessible and complex as those two surrealist masters.

In addition to the commentary on human nature's follies and foibles implied in her works, there is pathos in her images, in the faces she presents to us, and no matter how bizarre her imagery, how distorted the bodies, faces and landscapes of her subjects, she creates her worlds with a strong sense of composition, and holds up a mirror for us which is both cultural and deeply personal.

Invitation to Nina Tuqtaman Valetova's exhibition


Artists in this exhibition

Pict 10 (Comp. 2008)Soba 1Elements 137Turbulence & Tranquility 2ClaustrophobiaLife
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