I was born in Cordoba, Argentina, where I obtained my first university degree. I have Masters Degrees from three American universities: C.S.U. Dominguez Hills, Loyola Marymount University, and UCLA. I have also studied art in Hong Kong, China, and France. I now live and paint in Southern California and the South of France. I have painted and drawn all my life, but started exhibiting professionally in 2006, after retiring from public school administration in California. I have had numerous group and solo shows in the USA, Panama, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, France, Hungary, and Italy. My watercolors, pastels and acrylic works have won many awards on both sides of the Atlantic. To see a more detailed list, visit my website: www.minnievaleroart.com . To see my latest sketches and paintings, and read about my travels, encounters, and books I am reading, visit my blog: http://minnievalero.blogspot.com . To purchase paintings, contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org .