Born and raised in Montreal, Vally Mestroni currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Mestroni received a Master of Fine Art from the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Fine Art with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal.She is the recipient of the Gail & Stuart Buchalter Prize, Otis Institutional Grant, Los Angeles, California, and The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Montreal, Canada.
Mestroni’s artwork has been exhibited in numerous prestigious Los Angeles art institutions and galleries, including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Pomona College Museum of Art, Ben Maltz Gallery at the Otis College of Art and Design, Bliss, Angels Gate, Eagle Rock Center of the Arts and Sam Francis Gallery among others.
Raised by Italian parents, Vally spent many summers in Italy, which provided her with a sense of tradition that she found both inspiring and constricting. As a result, her work reflects an internal dynamic between structure and resistance to structure. This interplay with form and lack of form can be seen in her recent drawing project “Journeys to recover your future?”, which is loosely inspired by the book “Invisible Cities” by Italo calvino.  She initiated the project in 2006 by producing 75 pen and ink drawings on paper. And as the drawings were close to completion she started a collaboration with Los Angeles composer and upright bass player, Laura Steenberge, who responded by superimposing the drawings on musical sheets to compose a musical score.
Among the abstract images and spacious sounds, one can almost see the horizon of a city structure arising and ebbing away, as the viewer continues his own journey along the panels.The drawings, at times suggest recognizable structure, cities, or imaginary worlds, but upon closer inspection they are simply lines, curves, arcs, and energies shooting across the page. The overall effect, as the sequences unfold, is of linear structures continually coalescing and collapsing, attempting to construct a kind of new world. Simultaneously, this constant coming together and dispersion of forms exposes a mental process that is striving to capture something that is by definition, elusive.

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