I was born in Latvia, and now I am living and working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
My artistic interest ranges from painting, graphic art, graphic design and illustrations, to fashion design.
As a Graphic Designer and Illustrator I have created a series of postage stamps designs for the Latvian Post office, and my lithography “Towers” was also chosen and published on a postage stamp in 2003.I have illustrated a number of books for the Publishing House Latvijas Avīze, and created a numbers of fashion designs for VIDA Design Studio. https://shopvida.com/collections/valda-batraks
M. F. A., Design,
The Latvian Academy of Fine Arts.
“Parchemin d’Honneur” - for Contributions in the development of Contemporary Art, in Chamalieres, France, an Honorable Mention in Tokyo, Japan, and selection in the "International Print Biennial Awardees Theme" category at Taiwan Art Fair in 1999.
Featured in several publications:
such as: IconData and the Directory of Print, International Print Triennial Society, Krakow, Poland; ARTIsSpectrum magazine, USA; Modern Art magazine, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; and Biographies of Artists and Architects, Riga, Latvia.
Latvian Art Foundation; Latvian Ministry of Culture; Latvian State Museum of Art; Latvian Museum of Art – Arsenal; Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation; Caves Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan; and Chan Liu Art Museum,Taipei,Taiwan.
2019 - The 5th Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand.
2015 - The 4th Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand.
2007 - Agora Gallery, Chelsea, NY, USA.
2006 - 12th International Biennial Print & Drawing Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan.
2003 - 11th International Biennial Print & Drawing Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan.
2001 - 10th International Biennial Print & Drawing Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan.
2001 Graphic Art Project "T- elpa" the Museum of Foreign Art, Riga, Latvia.
1999 - 9th International Biennial Print & Drawing Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan.
1999 Asia Art Fair, Caves Art Center, Taipei,Taiwan.
1998 European Commission Headquarters, personal exhibition, Riga, Latvia.
1997, 1993 personal exhibitions Rīgas Galerija, Latvia.
1997 - 4th International Miniature Graphic Triennale, Chamalieres, France.
1995 Eight International Print Biennale Varna, Bulgaria.