American Art Collector, April 2019
Create! Magazine, blog interview, September 2018
Create! Magazine, issue XI Spring 2018
Valentine Aprile is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her eclectic arts education includes The University of the Arts (drawing/painting, modern dance, and arts in education), The Art Students League of New York, Nimble Arts (VT), The Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory, and The Martha Graham School of Dance. Previously she has won varied arts awards in Philadelphia, her past creative home. As a visual artist her work has been shown in galleries and museums on the East Coast and in the UK. She is currently based in New York leading multiple projects and painting.
At the University of the Arts she studied painting, dance, and education affording her the opportunity, in 1997, to develop a new method for teaching figure drawing known as Physical Realization which facilitates the ability of the artist/student to feel a higher level of physical empathy for the subject and produce more active, bold, and aesthetically empathetic work by mixing a series of physical exercises with abstract and traditional techniques. In order to prove her thesis she implemented lesson plans and developed curriculum across artistic disciplines at the High School for Creative and Performing Arts which were met with great enthusiasm and success. Her signature classes, Movement and the Model, Experiencing Gesture I and II, based on this method were first implemented at Moore College of Art, also with great success.