Born in Italy, raised in Kenya and now based in London. Valentina has done solo shows as well as a group show at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work reflects a powerful connection with the African continent which brings an exotic touch to her work. Using mix media she is able to create tactile textures. Her work is inspired by the colours and faces she encountered during her childhood and adolescence life, often portraying an "unusually" glamourous side of Africa. A lot of her work is based upon her constant search for a lost identity, an ever-so common issue nowadays with the increase in transnationalism, as well as a call for increased awareness to the social and cultural pillars of Kenya.