Laura Valentino has a masters degree in fine arts from the University of California, Berkeley, and has resided in Iceland since 1988. With a background in painting, she became interested in historic photographic processes in the late 90s and now considers herself first and foremost a printmaker. She joined the Association of Icelandic Artists (SÍM) and the Icelandic Printmakers Association (Íslensk Grafík) in 2008 and was a founding member of Iceland Film Photography Association in 2014. She is on the board of Íslensk Grafík (studio committee) and teaches workshops in the gum bichromate process. By day, she designs software interfaces used in hospitals for diagnosis of epilepsy, and by night, she can often be found dancing tango.

photo: Laura Andrés Esteban

Artist Statement

I work with traditional photographic processes exploring sensuality and beauty in the classic themes of landscape, portraiture, and the human form. The focus is to grasp a timeless and universal sensibility in present day subjects.  Working with analog processes is a tactile approach which allows time and space to achieve layers of separation from the subject matter, resulting in an evocative image that reflects the passage of time.

Selected Shows

2021: Living 2020, SÍM Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland (solo exhibit).
2020: Altered Reality, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, Oregon, USA.
2020: Icelandic Printmakers Association 50th Anniversary Show, Nordic House, Reykjavík, Iceland.
2019: I was here, International Pinhole Photography Exhibition, Clifford-Thames Gallery, London, UK.
2019: I Remember the Mountain, Reykjavik Photography Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (solo exhibit).
2019: Greetings from Reykjavik, Galleria Joella, Turku, Finland.
2019: Listamaður Grafíkvina/Graphic Friends’ Artist 2019, IPA Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland (solo exhibit).
2018: Andlit Jarðar/Earth Portraits, IPA Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland (solo exhibit).
2018: Eitt andartak/One Moment, Gallerí Fold, Reykjavík, Iceland (curator).
2018: Coast to Coast, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, Scotland.
2017–2018: Technology & Touch, Traveling exhibit in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Reykjavík.
2017: Hrævareldar, Gallerí Nordens ljus, Stockholm, Sweden.
2016: Iceland–USA Exchange Show, Manhattan Graphics, NYC, NY.
2015: GraN (Grafik Nordica Triennial), Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri, Iceland.
2015: AgX—Silver Gelatin Prints, Custom Photo Lab Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland.
2014: Pushed & Pulled: Iceland Film Photography Association Debut Exhibition, IPA Gallery, Reykjavík.
2014: Icelandic Prints, Scandinavian Living Center, West Newton, MA, USA.
2014: Continental Drift: Printmakers Converge, Belmont Gallery of Art, Belmont, MA, USA.
2014: Iceland and Boston Printmakers, IPA Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland.
2009: Archetypal Men, IPA Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland (solo exhibit).