Valeria Guarnieri creates intricate paintings that seamlessly blend abstraction and representation. Guarnieri paints in acrylic, sometimes mixing it with ink, to achieve a gestural texture that manages to be both liquid and rough around the edges. Her brushstrokes are wonderfully quick and confident, with spatters, scratches, and washes all working together. Her palette is equally exciting and changeable: the deepest blacks meet vivid orange and sky-blue, and the resulting contrast makes the colors dance across the page.
Guarnieri also mixes and matches her subject matter. She places figures, buildings, and entire village streets in completely abstract surroundings. Skylines melt into pure lines of texture. A face peeks out from a fog of soft colors. Guarnieri is especially skillful with manipulating space, flattening it here, pulling something forward there, all to create moments of interest in her composition. She also superimposes images on top of each other for a dreamlike effect.
Guarnieri was born in Mendoza, Argentina and today maintains a studio in the nearby Chacras de Coria. She is also an accomplished designer of wine labels.