Dacius Valentine

Dacius Valentine (B.1991) began making concave, sculptural paintings that juxtapose banal color gradients and rich granular textures, which he considers a creative outgrowth of his profession as a florist and designer in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Using carved green floral foam inlaid within wooden panels to create his work, Valentine pays homage to his family's multi-generational business, while exploring the aesthetic potentials of commonplace material.

After receiving his BFA from Pratt Institute in 2014, Valentine has continued to show work and attract critical interest, having been awarded a prestigious Skowhegan Institute Residency, and an upcoming fall solo show with Aveeno Gallery in New York.