Valeria Duca started her career at an early age. Her first exhibition took place when she was only 12 years old in her hometown, Chisinau, generating appreciation for her abstract work and her sense of colour. Recognition came early with her participation at the Venice Biennale in 2011, marking Moldova's debut on the international art stage. At 17 Valeria moved to the UK, where she studied Art History at the University of St Andrews. After living and painting professionally in Oslo, Norway for some years she has recently moved to Washington DC.
Valeria’s works have evolved over the course of her thirteen-year career, from expressive abstract painting towards figurative realism. Not a student of an academy or part of an atelier, her realism is riddled with symbolism in an attempt to create visual metaphors. A narrative depicting, if not a descent into madness, then at least a blurring of the edges of normality, at times flirting with the surreal.
Her works have been purchased for the permanent collections of a number of Eastern European museums: the Museum of History and Archaeology in Moldova, the Museum of Visual Art in Galati, Romania, the Museum of Western and Eastern Art in Odessa, Ukraine, the Museum of the Village, Bucharest, Romania, the Folk Art Museum in Constanta, Romania and the Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania..