About

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Valentine Svihalek


"In humanity's imperfection lies so much beauty and triumph that deserves to be celebrated."

Valentine is a Belgian and American visual artist, international educator, podcast host, and mother of two. She’s an advocate for women finding their unique path to success in the arts.

Living and teaching in diverse communities around the world, she cultivated a desire for discovery and development. After the birth of her first child in a village surrounded by people who spoke a different language, she felt isolated. Supported by the Artist Residency In Motherhood Program, turning inward she developed a process of artmaking that liberates expressive energy and establishes connection. This experience, combined with graduate studies in philosophy and postgraduate studies in teaching, literacy, and culture in San Diego provided the foundation for her work.

Passionate about education, connecting people and opportunities, Valentine founded Art Mums Europe and the Brno Artist Collective. Inspired by her community work, she published The Imperfect Artist Mother Journey as a reflection on postpartum experience. She founded the Bella Valentina Artist Residency Program. Valentine has exhibited her work in galleries in Europe, with the Jewish Museum Prague, Canadian BHA Gallery, numerous curated exhibits, and been published in Women United Art Magazine and The Huts Magazine. In 2022, she was longlisted for the Women United Art Prize. She hosts the Art Mums and Art Sisters Podcasts and is a member of a variety of directories and artist organizations such as Spilt Milk Gallery, The Art Queens Society, Create Magazine, Artist-Mother Network, ARIM, and Victory Art Gallery.

info@artmumseurope.org

COLLABORATOR

Mona Lerch

Mona Lerch is a self-taught contemporary visual artist, artist coach, founder of Art Mums United, Women United ART PRIZE and Women United ART MOVEMENT. She is currently residing in Brno, Czech Republic.​

Mona believes that art has healing powers as it helped her to overcome postpartum trauma that was accompanied by depression and anxiety. She’s passionate about sharing her journey and she hopes to inspire other women artists to step outside of their comfort zone and reach the sky.