Vala is an artist who passionately and relentlessly seeks to create artworks that show her dedication to excellence. Her classical training in Europe is reflected in her art. She is a talented figurative bronze sculptor emerging in the world of three-dimensional art after a successful career as a portrait painter. "The bronze gives me an opportunity to mold the sense of life into an everlasting form. From the force of a muscle in motion to a tender human emotion expressed.
Vala was born and raised in Iceland. She has lived in the US since 1994. After 8 years in Santa Fe, NM she relocated to Scottsdale, AZ. Vala Ola's artistic talent was apparent early on, and from the age of twelve she attended classes drawing models from life. Graduating from the College of Hamrahlid, she furthered her studies at the Icelandic College of the Arts, and later graduated from The Arts Institute in Bournemouth, England.
She won the Icelandic Design Excellence Award for the first time at the age of twenty-six. During her studies in England, she placed two entries among the finalists at the Smithsonian Young Illustrator's Competition. Returning to Iceland, she went on as her country's sole representative at the Nordic Graphic & Illustration Awards. Moving to the United States in 1994, she changed her focus to portraiture, and found herself booked solid for the next 7 years. Her portraits in oil were created for families and dignitaries alike. Immaculate likeness of her subjects and reverence for the technique of the old masters earned her great recognition in her field.
Vala rekindled her interest in sculpting with clay after solely painting with oil for seven years. Her inspiration derives from her observation of life. Even the most mundane circumstance we find ourselves in daily will spark an idea. The Flemish artist Vermeer would paint the simple act of pouting milk, elevating it to a moment worth remembering for eternity, in a similar way Vala will look at a moment usually passed by as moment worth noticing. "All we have in life at any given time is the very moment we are living and that moment is of importance." Vala says, "I would like to inspire myself and others to have awareness and appreciation for our life."