"I was already drawing when I became aware of life and the world, I was three years old. I have grown up with this passion. Painting is part of me, part of my spirit. It’s a way of life, of thinking, of observing people – translating the “inner landscape” of things. Recreating and describing, observing the reality and the pain of others. It’s a way of taking part in the world. When I’m not painting, I feel as though I’m wasting my time. I like to think that my paintings have their own life. When they leave the studio they no longer need the artist. They speak for themselves."
Dalva Duarte was born in Brazil in 1949. She came in Europe in 1973, via Portugal and Spain, she was formed at the school of fine arts in Paris. In 1982 she moved to the United States, while keeping a studio in Paris, then London. She received the “Grand Prix”of Rouen in France, the price of Moretti in the United States and exposed at the Grand Palais in Paris, Art Miami, Museum of Coral Springs in Florida, Museum of Luxembourg, Museum of Rouen, as well as in private galleries in the United States, in France, in Brazil and England. In 2013 the Castle-Museum of Tournon dedicated a retrospective exhibition to her. For the third year in a row, she was invited to the international exhibition “Nordart” near Hamburg. She lives in Saint-Priest in the Ardèche, an old grinding that she renovates since 2000