Jess Valice is a Los Angeles-based figurative painter recognized for her melancholic, big-eared, and doe-eyed figures. Focussing on the human condition, Valice explores the parables of the animalistic gaze. Her subjects include figures covered in garbage, slumped over a bar countertop, the cowboy, self-portraiture, and images of her peers. Valice’s figures share similar features to the face and body of the artist with seemingly uncomfortable or exhausted bearings in sometimes congenial environments.
Born in 1996 in Los Angeles, California, Valice studied art in grade school but went on to pursue an education in neuroscience at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). After three years into her education, she decided to end her path in science to pursue painting. Self-taught, Jess Valice now showcases her work with various galleries including Bill Brady Gallery (Miami, New York, Los Angeles) and Carl Kostyal Gallery (London, Milan, Sweden).