ABOUT / STATEMENT
Leanna Valente is a self-taught artist who’s mixed media works of
acrylic, oil, spray paint, fabric and photography, evoke imagery from
both “the city and high fashion” for an modern, pop-abstract feel.
She began painting at age five and concentrated in art throughout high
school, college and beyond with continuing course work at the Fashion
Institute of Technology (NYC) and Atlanta College of Art/SCAD in
Since 2001, she has participated in many
gallery shows and solo exhibitions throughout New York City, Brooklyn,
Long Island City, NY, Atlanta, GA, Southern CA and Miami, FL. Her
work has also been prominently displayed and sold to a variety of
collectors through alternative spaces such as Starbucks, Tischman
Speyer, the former Swiss Hotel Group, Georgia Pacific, AT&T Corporate,
Bo Concepts NYC and New York and Atlanta area galleries, restaurants and
Her recent mixed media series, include
“Subscribe; The Fashion Newsstand,” “Changing The Art of Fashion,” and
more in current creation, boast the most contemporary, edgy fashion
magazine covers with a chic “before and after” adorned them. “I
try to portray a ‘fine art, yet pop’ take on couture designs and cover,
all tributes of course.
These photos of elaborate gowns may be distorted and painted over
various paints, mediums and fabrics. My love of the obvious (city and
fashion), all blend together providing viewers with new, interesting
things to grasp, over and over again.”
Her photography series are entitled
“Extreme Fashion Window Design In NYC” which pays the upmost respect to
the most mind-blowing, stunning, creative window designers/designs in
Manhattan from a passer-by’s point of view, portraying the glamour and
grit of the city. And, a series entitled “My Street Art Docs;” photos
documenting some of the recent popular, and not so popular street
artists found on buildings from NYC to CA and many stops in between.
Leanna has a 16 year background in
corporate sales and marketing, and personal shopping and styling for
J.Crew in Anthropologie and Henri Bendel. She has assisted on various
television and movie sets in wardrobe, costume and art pulls for sets.
She currently runs her own art and personal shopping business/
brand and blogs regularly through social media outlets in art, fashion
“Extreme Fashion Window Design in NYC,”
(Photography) is scheduled for release in 2013.