Valeria Yamamoto, Japanese-Argentinean sculptor, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Yamamoto studied and worked in the field of Graphic Design in Argentina. In 2001 she moved to Miami, Florida, where she initiated her career as an artist earning a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in sculpture at the Florida International University in 2008. Currently, she is an artist-in-residence at the Bakehouse Art complex in Miami and has been working and participating in the Simposio 2014 Ponte di Ferro Officina D’Arte in Carrara, Italy.
Most of Yamamoto’s sculptures are inspired by the study of organic forms found in the natural world, or as a reaction to her environment. Sometimes her free association of forms and lines result sculptures between the abstraction and representation that seems to fuse the animal and plant kingdoms.
She has worked in a wide range of materials and formats. Her body of work includes small fragile pieces made of porcelain and eggshell, to monumental sculptures built with cement and metals.
Yamamoto’s work has been presented in several exhibitions through galleries and art museums in the United States, including the Frost Art Museum, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Polk Museum of Art, Art Deco Museum, Women Museum of DeLand, Coral Gable Museum, Baker Museum, Naple, FL. Also she has been participating in mayor International Art Fairs such as Arteamericas ’09-’12, Shanghai 2010, Art Fair SCOPE 2014-15, Art Palm Beach, CONTEXT Art Miami 2017 (with ArtLabbé Gallery), and Pinta Miami.
Yamamoto’s large sculptures and installations have been selected for several Public Art Exhibitions and Competitions like the Third Biennial Sculpture Exhibition in Chattanooga, TN, 10th Florida Annual Exhibition and Competition Winter Haven, FL.; Intersections, Public Exhibition of the city of Sarasota, FL, City of Atlanta Project: Elevate, Art Above the Underground, Hilton Head Island Exhibition, SC and Bellevue, WA.
Currently some of her sculptures are on public display as part of their permanent collection in the Intracoastal Park, City of Sunny Isles, FL and Flagler Village, Fort Lauderdale, FL.