Valentino Amaya


“I would like to thank you all for this opportunity to allow me to share my artwork. 

My name is Valentino Amaya. I’ve been incarcerated since I was 17 years old and ever since then I have been drawn to art. I appreciate all styles and mediums. Art has been a big part of my recovery in prison. There’s not a day that goes by when I’m not working. 

Teaching myself in here has helped me train my eye to see not just the littlest details, but to also see anything as a possible art piece. Whether in painting or drawing it’s always a learning experience.

I am a self-taught artist and I’ve been working with different media for 14 years. Graphite, acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil, pen, and oils. Realism has been my passion. I started with portraits in graphite and over time that became my niche, but recently I’ve discovered spontaneous realism and impressionism and have been teaching myself these styles and enjoy them. Artists like Voka, David Dunlop, and David Lobenberg have inspired me.

My recovery is important and through my art I can give back and inspire others.

Thank you for your time and any suggestions or feedback is welcomed.”

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