About the Artist:
A short Biography about Valbona, also known by her artistic name Bobbi. Bobbi is a Fine Artist. Award- winning Body painter, makeup artist and bespoke fashion designer based in Surrey, UK. With a career spanning over 20 years.
Bobbi was born in Albania where she studied Fine Art and Textile design in Tirana, Albania.
On completion of her studies she worked as Editor in Chief for “Family” magazine.
She also worked as a Journalist, for “Koha Jone” national newspaper in Albania.
For the next 15 years she traveled the world. Lived in various countries, gaining a wealth of knowledge and new experiences.
With many exhibitions throughout her career, and work has sold around the world.
In 2002 she and her sister Dr Brunilda Bardhi, one of the best dermatologist doctors in Albania, embarked on a new business venture “Venus Estetic & Laser Centre” one of the most successful Laser Clinics and the first to apply laser treatments in Albania.
It was in 2006 that she became a mother, to her pride and joy, her son Owen.
In 2008 Bobbi and her family moved to Malawi, Africa. Where she worked for 1 year at the British High Commission as CLO.
Having resigned in order to spend more time with her son she opened her own Play school “KinderArt Play school” teaching children from the diplomatic community and local children through Art.
This quickly became one of the most successful play schools in Lilongwe. She also run after school Art classes for Children 7-14 and A level students.
During her time in Malawi she continued her charity work through fundraising and acquiring books, clothes, and necessities for the Paradiso Orphanage. Bobbi cares passionately about children and helping others.
She is a member of the “Super Artist” team and paints shoes for the SuperShoes Charity (empowering children fighting cancer in the UK). She is also involved with other charities such as CancelCancerAfrica and the NSPCC.
Through friends and her connections in London she became established in the Fashion industry, providing Makeup and Body painting for several fashion shows and celebrities.
Bobbi recently started her own brand of Bespoke Wearable Art, with hand painted clothes, bags, shoes and accessories. She is also working on a collection of children’s book.
Bobbi continues to participate in events both in the UK and Internationally. She has collaborated with many famous Artists, Designers, Models and Celebrities at such events as London Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Milan Fashion week and the Cannes Film Festival, providing her talents through Makeup and Body painting. Internationally published, with many TV appearances. Recently she was invited to demo and be part of the jury at the French Bodypainting Festival. She also has written for Migrant Woman Magazine and Global Woman Magazine in the UK, about Fashion and Beauty and also has been published on various magazines in Albania, UK, USA.
She is a very active in social media, especially on Periscope a live broadcasting platform, where she shares her talents, tips and tricks, paints live, takes you to different events, travels, does many products reviews, giveaways and interacts with her fans and followers from all over the world.
Her creative skills enable her to do what she loves to enhance peoples lives. She continues to create and evolve her Artistic skills, business and inspiring others through her work. Her aim is to teach young children through art and to empower other woman to achieve their goals and never give up on their dreams.