My paintings reflect my ongoing fascination with the landscape where urban culture and nature collide in the fringes of our cities. It is in these often-overlooked areas that I find both beauty & pathos, bizarre juxtapositions that reflect how we, as a society, have altered and continue to alter the environment.
All of my paintings are painted on location. While painting on location, I become a witness to the constantly changing urban landscape, capturing contemporary ruins before they are lost and new structures built over them. I am attracted to the urban decay, color and chaos of everyday life on the edge of our cities and the stories these places can tell.
Valeri Larko was born in Freeport, New York and grew up in Lake Parsippany, New Jersey. She was educated at the Du Cret School of the Arts, Plainfield, NJ and the Arts Students League, New York City. Solo exhibitions include The Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ .The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Bronx River Art Center, NY, the Bronx Borough President’s Office, NY, College of New Rochelle, NY and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ. Other notable exhibitions include ACA Galleries, NYC, Jersey City Museum, NJ, Morris Museum, Morristrown, NJ and the Katonah Art Museum, NY. Awards include grants from the George Sugarman Foundation, a Strategic Opportunity Grant from NYFA, a painting fellowship from NJ State Council on the Arts, and an artist residency at the Newark Museum. NJ.