Valerie Piraino (b. 1981) is a New York-based artist who was born in Kigali, Rwanda. Her work focuses on creating sculptures, installations, and drawings in tropical fruit and rock forms as a proxy for Afro pop culture and the landscapes of the Global South. Her group exhibitions include Retreat, Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago, IL (2014); Fore, Studio Museum, New York, NY (2012); and Round 39: Looking Back, Moving Forward, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX (2013). Her solo exhibitions include Contemporary Art Interventions on Critical Whiteness, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago, IL (2014) and Present Future, Artissima, Turin, Italy (2013). She was a recipient of the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Travel Award, Maryland Institute College of Art, Rwanda (2005). She was an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2009). Pirainio received a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art and an M.F.A. from Columbia University.

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