Born in 1941, Valerio De Marchi, in art known as Valerius, lives and works in Pieve di Soligo happily surrounded by the patinated bronzes of the beautiful feminine perfections that are the result of years of work. He loves to emphasize that he is a self-taught artist that has frequented his fellow countryman Carlo Conte since he was a boy, and studied the protagonists of Italian sculpture, such as Arturo Martini and Francesco Messina, whose art is close to his feeling.
According to the ancient tradition he models his women using plaster or more recent materials to subsequently translating them into bronzes. Valerius derives from classical sculpture principles of perfection which he declines to the representation of the female body. This is the favorite subject through which he carries out his own search for the purity of the line.
His figures have names that refer to etymologies and deep meanings: when referring to mythology the close relationship with modernity is always the motivation of the choice. Portraiture is another great area of his work that has always had a pure private value: also in this character Valerius aligns with the ancient tradition. He has continued his artistic research for almost 60 years: art for him is the most intense expression of eternity.
"What reflection, then, can be produced on Valerio DeMarchi, who is also all emotion and sensuality? At first glance, one immediately perceives that he is a lonely and tormented artist, perinde ac cadaver defender of the" truth ", totally outside the patronage of the client or the expressiveness of contemporaneity. Deliberately distant esven from a late nineteenth-century master such as Rodin, when he grapples with the "unfinished" (...) Valerius proceeds with his expressive language towards the true process of sculpture, aimed at represent reality, capable of sharing the turmoil and passion, never satisfied by the result."