Val Sivilli



A little about Val

I am a painter and a printmaker and a musician. I like to write little stories and illustrate them. I spend a lot of time painting because there is really nothing like the act painting – it’s totally transcendent. I know that sounds old fashioned, but that’s just the way it is.   My work is fueled by my passion for color, narrative, physical expression and being a better painter.  I am always looking for ways to address the narrative whether by working in a series or by actually embedding text into the physical work or generally, by creating visually exciting solutions for the presentation of the written word.

Originally, from Brooklyn, Long Island and then Brooklyn again, I now live in Hunterdon County, NJ. The Delaware River is never far from my sight.   I did my graduate work at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers and my undergrad at SUNY Purchase and Alfred university.  From 1984 to 1991, I was the studio assistant to both Nancy Spero and Leon Golub. I am now an Adjunct Professor of Art at both RVCC and BCCC. I created The Hunterdon Art Tour. Quite often, I can be found playing my accordion somewhere.