"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 1949 in Brazil. She came to Europe in 1973, through Portugal and Spain and studied at the School of Fine Arts in Paris. In 1982, she settled in the United States, whilst keeping a studio in Paris, then London. She has obtained the Rouen “grand prix” in France, the Moretti prize in the United States and exhibited at the Grand Palais in Paris, Art Miami, Museum of Coral Springs in Florida, Luxembourg Museum, Rouen Museum, as well as in private galleries in the United States, France, Brazil and England. In 2013, the Château-musée in Tournon devoted a retrospective exhibition to her. In 2016, for the fourth year in a row, she has been invited to the Nordart international exhibition near Hamburg. She lives in Saint Priest in the Ardèche, in an old silk mill which she has been renovating since 2000 to host a studio on the scale of 24 caprices, a monumental work that has not yet been exposed in its completeness.