Valérie Goutard, known simply as Val was born in France in 1967, and lived her adolescence shuttling between South America, Africa, Europe and France. Val came upon sculpture for the first time in 2001. Her fingers and materials guided the artist’s accomplishments ever since. Val was in tune with her inner journey, immersing herself in the observation of nature and listening to her intuition.
In 2004, Val settled in Asia and discovered the traditional craft of bronze work in the best Thai foundries. She established her workshop in Bangkok where she worked with a team that assisted her in creating her impressive sculptures. Over the years, her work has taken on monumental proportions. In April, 2004 she exhibited for the first time in Bangkok and since 2005, her work has been permanently displayed in galleries. Val’s sculptures travel across Asia, from Hong Kong to Singapore to Shanghai to Taiwan. Her noted participation at the Shanghai Art Fair 2010, together with the unveiling of a monumental sculpture named Urban Life as part of the Jing’An International Sculpture Project, firmly established Val’s reputation amongst renowned sculptors.
Val was regularly asked to carry out monumental projects in public and private settings; Inle Balance III and Urban Gathering for the Sofitel Hotel in Bangkok, Waiting III installed in Taipei New Times Square in 2014, and more recently, Inéquilibre in 2015, currently on display in the highest residential tower in Singapore. Val’s work also continues to be exhibited in numerous galleries across Asia and Europe.
In 2015, she was awarded Trophée des Français de l’Etranger (Trophy of French Expatriates) in the Art de Vivre (Art of living) section, rewarding her work and her singular life course abroad. Later in 2015, Val was invited by the glass masters of ARS Murano to work with them in their studio on new glass creations. After several stays in Venice, she married glass, bronze and light to create a collection of unique pieces titled Tenth Eonian Initiative. That same year, Val was commissioned by a private collector to create a monumental sculpture of 118 feet (36 meters) that will be installed in Taiwan in 2017.
In March – April 2016, the exhibition “Val – Anatomy of a creative path” was transferred from a unique solo exhibition to the museum of the Chinese Academy of Art (CAFA). Two of her sculptures have been acquired by the museum for its permanent collection.
In April 2016, Val also installed three sculptures made of concrete, bronze and coral in an underwater site on Koh Tao Island in Thailand. This artistic and ecological project, called Ocean Utopia, is a first of its kind in its utilization of coral.
In October 2016, Val tragically passed away from a road accident in Thailand. A few days earlier, she had finished the monumental sculptural project to be installed in Taiwan. On November 5th, her exhibition titled Tenth Eonian Initiative, presenting her unique collection of works marrying Murano glass and bronze, proved a grand success and the collection was sold out on opening night.
Val’s work has been collected globally and with great praise and acclamation. Before she passed away, Val chose Simard Bilodeau Contemporary to officially introduce her body of work to North America. Her legacy is carried in each of her artworks, forever imprinted by her talent, authenticity, and serenity.
To view a full selection of Val's available work, please visit our Artsy page.