Who is Valerie Chua?

By UA&P Alumni

Valerie Ann Chua is a self-taught visual artist from Manila, Philippines who specializes in traditional media such as watercolor, gouache and acrylic and is also skilled in traditional and digital collage work. Her work is predominantly influenced by East Asian watercolor artists and magical realism literature and poetry. And yes, she is a UA&P alumna who earned her degree in Bachelor of Arts Major in Humanities with Professional Certificate in Humanities in 2010.

Being a successful freelance illustrator, she shares the values that the University instilled in her. Below are some of her brilliant works for Rogue Magazine.

“UA&P has greatly helped me in my growth as an illustrator. Despite not having courses in studio art, I believe that the courses I took up under CAS and the Humanities program strengthened my skills in image-making and conceptualization.”

“When Kultura called for art entries for their yearly exhibit, I submitted a few of my drawings as part of a group exhibit. The following year they sponsored my very 1st art exhibit. Kultura’s immense support and the university’s appreciative environment towards the arts led me to believe in my own capabilities.” “If it weren’t for the school’s support, being full time illustrator wouldn’t even cross my mind.”

“One of the most important things I learned in UA&P is the value of hard work.”

“No amount of talent can replace the result of constant hard work coupled with the drive to improve. I believe this is something that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.”

Can’t get enough of her illustrations? Marvel at Valerie’s masterpieces in her online portfolio.