Valentina Zlatarova was born in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). After expressing her interest in art from an early age, Valentina began her formal art education at the age of 13 in Tzanko Lavrenov art school in Plovdiv (Bulgaria). After her graduation in 2004, she grew her interest in figurative sculpture and joined the Florence Academy of Art, where she studied drawing, painting and sculpture, and where she later participated as a teacher in the drawing program. In 2007 Valentina established herself as a professional sculptor in London and won the Founders’ Sculpture Award and was two-time winner of the Prix Tiranti in sculptural portrait. From 2008 to 2012 Valentina also served as a chief instructor of drawing and sculpture in London Atelier of Figurative Art (LARA) in London. Valentina’s work is regularly exhibited in public and private collections worldwide.