Francisca do Val

Francisca do Val

A great quality 24-color Pelikan watercolor, which I received from an aunt in my childhood, was the first incentive for my artistic career.
My father taught me how to use watercolor and, later, he guided me to attend the S. Marcelina School of Fine Arts (FASM, 1961-1965), because I wanted to be a scientist. During the course, the excursions and even the walks to paint outdoors with Prof. Francisco Cuoco, the interaction with his colleague Iole Di Natale, among others, and with the artists Fang, Takaoka and Takashima.
In 1963, for my participation with a watercolor done in Ouro Preto, MG, I received a bronze medal at the Salão Paulista de Belas Artes.
I also attended for 6 or 7 years (1964-1969) a free painting course at FAAP, under the guidance of Prof. Donato Ferrari. During this period, the use of tempera, the drawing of “living models” and the encouragement of abstraction added to my experience with watercolor, the drawing of landscapes and “still life”.
In Honolulu (USA), doing postdoctoral studies in biology (genetics, 1973-1975) I started using liquid watercolors (Talens) and quality papers (Strathmore and Arches) that I didn't know. Back in Brazil, as a researcher at USP's Museum of Zoology (1967 – 2005) I continued to participate in scientific expeditions mainly in the Amazon and painted many watercolors. Encouraged by Prof. Paulo Vanzolini, director of the museum at the time, attended the free printmaking workshop of the Lasar Segall Museum (1983-1992) and had the guidance of my friend Iole, initially with the intention of reproducing watercolors from the Amazon in printmaking. From 1983 I started using anilines and painting on silk, learning the ancient Japanese technique under the guidance of prof. Kazuko Tanaka I continue to use watercolor to complement and highlight the images in a series of chalco-engravings (etching and aquatint) that I have been editing since 1983, despite the small recent production of works exclusively in watercolor.

Education:
1965 Bachelor of Painting, S. Marcelina School of Fine Arts (now FASM)
1969 Bachelor of Science, Faculty of Philosophy, Science and Letters, USP, S.Paulo, SP
1972 Doctorate of Zoology, Institute of Biosciences, USP, S Paulo, SP
1993 Associate Professor in Genetics/Evolution, IB – USP, S.Paulo, SP