Meet Chris Valle
Chair/Associate Professor, Art and Design
Education: 1999 Valdosta State University, BFA
2002 University of Florida, MFA
Courses Taught: Introduction to Painting
Mixed Media Painting
Career Specialties: Chris Valle specializes in painting and contemporary art, combing both representation and abstraction, using classical and experimental approaches.
Conceptually, Valle's work explores how the affect of entertainment content depicting sexual norms, stereotypes and sexual roles have a profound influence on our perceptions about sex and body image. Television pretends to reflect our realities as if it were a mirror; however it does not give us a pure reflection. We are shown things from elsewhere only in an already established, ready-made version: there is no place for our own judgment, and we are unable to resist simply accepting, as reality, the images placed before us. Valle's paintings are a social commentary about our media-manipulated society that has constructed a culture of sexual exploitation and commodification.
Professional and Community Activities: Valle’s work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums in over 80 exhibitions, including the major art cities of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago as well as internationally with exhibits in Siena and Florence, Italy. This also includes 14 solo-exhibitions in the past 13 years. His work is in numerous collections, most notably the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, the THEA Foundation and the HESS Corporation.
Some highlights of his recent scholarship include: The Kinsey Institute's International Juried Exhibition at the SoFA gallery in Bloomington, Indiana; Funktified, a National Juried Exhibition at the Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY, Stony Brook, New York; Pinnacle: a National Juried Art Exhibition at the Foster Tanner Fine Arts Gallery at Florida A & M University; Remedy, a National Juried Exhibition at Gallery 180 of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago; and Contempor Arte 2010 at the Galleria d'arte Mentana in Florence, Italy.
Valle is represented by the Spazio Culturale Mentana in Florence, Italy.