• Biography | Valentina Wargo
  • Biography | Valentina Wargo
  • Biography | Valentina Wargo

Biography | Valentina Wargo

Russian-American, 1926-2009

Valentina Wargo was born in Russia and studied art during her childhood but received no formal training. During World War II she was imprisoned in a labor camp in Western Europe for four years. Following the War she moved to Yugoslavia where she continued her studies. She then travelled to Stuttgart, Germany where she was employed as a fashion model. There she met her American husband who was stationed in the military there. Her husband was also a commercial artist and the two travelled extensively to museums throughout Europe. After his overseas service, Valentina returned to her husband's home in the United States and eventually settled in Denver, Colorado where she stayed for the remainder of her life.

Her body of work emerged from a 15-year career as an art restorer. Her intricate, realistic paintings are reminiscent of the detailed still life paintings of 16th century Flemish artists. Wargo made her own paints, mixing her own ground pigments and resin oils. Many of her subjects are floral still life paintings and were painted from flowers grown in the artist's own garden. Other favorite subjects are animal portraiture, landscapes and seascapes.

Her work has been shown in a one-woman show at Saks Galleries in Denver, Colorado. Her work is part of private collections in Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United States.