Valentina Brostean was born in 1983 in Novi Sad, Serbia, and is currently based in Turin, Italy. Brostean holds a BFA in Graphic Design and an MFA in Illustration and Book Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Novi Sad. Brostean is a multidisciplinary visual artist. With over 10 years of experience in the creative world, her artistic practice takes inspiration from different art forms: she has participated in curated international gallery exhibitions but has also developed a strong portfolio of applied illustration and graphic design.
Her bold, colorful style, often described as “new contemporary figuration” is striking for its use of courageous, unexpected compositions, a bold color palette, and unique, intimate imagery. In her personal work, which has taken the form of drawings and paintings, she has been strongly inspired by the human subconscious, emotional states, dreams, and the surreal. Combining all these elements, Brostean has developed her own, very personal, technique and style – the result of a perpetual journey, a constant search for identity and complexity of meanings.
During her master’s studies, she began exploring traditional painting as a medium, translating her eclectic illustrative style onto the canvas. Since 2006 she has exhibited her work in a variety of fields, ranging from personal to group exhibitions throughout Europe (Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and the UK) as well as in the Middle East and the United States. When it comes to the field of applied art, Brostean has specialized in editorial and fashion illustration, applying her well known playful mixed media technique, experimenting often with collage, using both traditional and digital media. She seeks powerful solutions for creative clients who don’t shy away from pushing boundaries, by exploring bold aesthetics and surprising outputs across all platforms. Her widely recognizable style has established her as one of the emerging contemporary artists appreciated by selected international clients such as Armani Exchange, The Washington Post, Il Corriere Della Sera, Bicycle USA and Kabinet Brewery, amongst many others.
Brostean is working as an independent multidisciplinary visual artist focusing on her personal self-expression and collaborating with internationally acclaimed clients, galleries and individuals, and is always on the lookout for new projects that will push her outside of her comfort zone and help her grow as an artist.