Valerie Savchits (Valeria Dmitriyevna Savchits) was born in Riga, Latvia and moved to the North West of England at the age of 19. Since completing her studies at University of Salford in 2016, Valerie has shown her work at galleries and art fairs both nationally and internationally.
Savchits is the recipient of Hotel Elephant and Southwark Council Arts & Culture Grant Scheme and was selected as one of the three hundred art students to exhibit her work digitally as part of Tate Modern’s ‘Future Late’ exhibition in summer 2016 followed by another digital opportunity with Saatchi Gallery. Valerie has been featured in numerous blogs and publications including The Guardian, BBC Live, Manchester Evening News, The Resident and Art Maze Magazine.
She actively supports Bad Art society and takes part in their shows where many exhibits exemplify the ethos of ‘anti-art’. One of her most recent exhibitions ‘Unwasted: Disturbed Gravitation’ was dedicated to the problem of an excessive consumerism where was also raised awareness on global environmental conditions leading to climatic catastrophes. Valerie’s work has been placed in multiple private collections throughout the UK, US, China, Australia, Germany and Spain.
Primarily working on a large scale, Savchits immortalises most peculiar, traumatic and sometimes grim moments she has been directly involved in or happened to observe. Her work deals with themes such as absurdities of everyday life that contain an element of self-discovery and evoke the frenetic and explosive energy, leaving some space for symbolism that interprets and examines artist's work on a more intimate level.
Savchits describes her work as juvenile, elegantly chaotic and disturbing at the same time. A limited colour palette is juxtaposed against the intricate scenes and anti-heroes, presented in a hyperbolic, more comical way. This contrast helps to highlight the balance of counterintuitive ideas such as hedonism and self-discipline, ugliness and beauty, conscious and subconscious, rebelliousness and obedience.