Biographical Highlights

Val, Valérie Goutard’s artist signature, lived her youth and adolescence shuttling between South America, Africa, Europe and France where she was born.

Val experienced the touch of clay for the first time in 2001. Fingers and material guided the artist ever since in the accomplishment of her artistic work. Val follows her inner journey, immerses herself in the observation of nature and in listening to her intuition.

In 2004, Val settled in Asia and discovered the traditional know-how of bronze alongside Thai foundries. She set up her workshop in Bangkok, where she currently works surrounded by her own team to assist her in the creation of her sculptures which have taken monumental proportions over the years.

In April 2004, for the first time, she exhibited in Bangkok where her works have been in permanent display in galleries since 2005. Val’s sculptures travel across Asia, meandering through megalopolises such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Taiwan. Her noticed 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, established Val’s reputation amongst renowned sculptors.

Val is regularly asked to carry out monumental projects in public and private settings: for example Inle Balance III and Urban Gathering for the Sofitel hotel in Bangkok, Waiting III installed since 2014 in Taipei New Times Square, or more recently Inéquilibre in 2015 currently on display within the highest residential tower in Singapore. In parallel, Val continues to exhibit her works in numerous galleries and art shows across Asia and Europe.

A retrospective exhibition of her work titled “Val – Anatomy of a creative path” was shown at the Yishu8 foundation in November 2015 in Beijing.

During that year she is the laureate of the 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.

In March – April 2016, the exhibition “Val – Anatomy of a creative path” was transferred for 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 this year, Val also installed three sculptures made of concrete, bronze and coral on an underwater site on Koh Tao island in Thailand. This artistic and ecological project called Ocean Utopia constitutes a premier of its kind as coral becomes part of the creation.

Val is currently working on a monumental 36 meters long sculpture project which will be installed in Taichung (Taiwan) by early 2017.