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valéria álvares cruz

Santos, Brazil


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“Who is Valéria”

Born in Santos on 03.18.1956, Valéria Álvares Cruz acts in different areas, being a lawyer, psychologist, plastic artist and College professor of extension and specialization courses.
As a lawyer, Master in Law and College professor, she has already taught Sociology, Administrative International Private Law and Law Philosophy in Law Colleges in Santos, as well as given several lectures involving Philosophy, Law Science, Penal Sciences, and others subjects of law character in several places.
As a psychologist, post-graduated in Neuropsychobiology, she acts in both areas clinical (she follows the analytical or Junguian line) and institutional (specially the Juridical and Forensic Psychology). Being the Technical Director of the Social Support Service at Santos Forum, she runs the Department of Psychology, Social Service and Psychiatry, where she makes studies and calls, in both the criminal, and the Childhood, Youth and Civil areas, developing, still, clinical, preventive and ressocializing activities, including those close to the needing population. She has already taught Forensic Psychology, Statistics and Social Research in Psychology, Pedagogy, Communications, Social Service and Industrial Drawing Colleges, and has also participated in many lectures and debates about psychological crime nature themes, etc.
As a self-taught plastic artist, she has held many individual and collective exhibitions in Brazil and abroad, being praised as an artist of great talent by art critics and renowned people such as Mario Schenberg, Quirino da Silva, Lourdes Cedran, Francisco Luiz de Almeida Salles, Mario Gruber, and others. Her works have been published in national and international magazines, newspapers and Art guides. She was prised last year (2002) at International Bienal of Roma - Italy.
A specialist in Mythology and Symbolism, she teaches in College extension courses on these subjects, as well as on Forensic Psychopathology, Male and Female Psychology, and Human Relations.
In the literary field, she writes didactic works on Law, Philosophy, Criminology, Psychology, Mythology, Symbolism and Arts, as well as produces texts of poetic and fictional nature. She writes to newspapers and magazines and her areas of interest and performance are wide.
Her published works are Law and The New Vision of Science, focusing the change of patterns and its impact on the juridical; Law, Complexity and Systems, focusing Law as an versatile and complex system, and up-to-date subjects such as complexity, post-modernism and globalization; and Mitopoiesis: The Symbols and the Mythical of the Human Being, a work of breath which embraces the main gods and myths, specially those of the Greek-Roman Mythology, the Analytical Psychology and its most important concepts, as well as her poetic and artistic production, including some illustration to the volume, pictures’ reproductions and photographs. In the printing press, The Symbolic of Animals, gathering didactic texts, fables, poems and tales.
She has studied Italian, Art History and Ancient History, specially from Greece and Rome (in Rome, Italy). She has also studied Latin, Greek, German, Arab, French and Spanish.
She loves music, specially Rock, MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) and Scholar, as well as Cinema and Reading, being her favorite writers Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann, Rilke, Blake, Rimbaud, Dostoievsky, Albert Camus, Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Morgan.
In Plastic Arts she admires the great masters of Renaissance, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli and Rafael, and the surrealistic and fantastic painting of Salvador Dalí, Paul Delvaux, René Magritte, Patrick Woodroffe and Gervasio Gallardo, among many.
Her art involves mixed technique, pastel drawings, color pencil and India ink, and, in the case of non colored pictures, only black and white, just India ink (pen-and-ink).
Being self-taught, as mentioned before, her art fits the fantastic stream, being influence by the surrealism and the drawings of comic books.
Next, we present you her curriculum, in terms of exhibitions already held.

Valéria Talks

What Art means to me

Art, for me, is a diving into the depths of an unconscious sea, from where we can extract the treasures of the personal and universal imagination composed of stars, mermaids, playing cards, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Medieval and Futurist figures, skulls, magic signals and shining jewels, lost suns of the soul, mysterious navigator of many existences...
The kingdom of images – that’s my world – where my awakening took place, where my death will take place, where I shall eternally sleep, dreaming, who knows, the dreams I tried to express in my works.
Portrait of the artist and of the society in which one lives, art should also be a form of transmutation of beings, through a wider and more profound view of our reality. May the paintbrushes and pencils be like swords revealing forgotten kingdoms, truer and immutable values, everlasting search towards the direction of oneself and of a better world.

Books plublished:

Law and the New Vision of Science

Fiuza Publishing – 21cm x 14cm – 154 Pages

Throughout an incursion in countless areas of knowledge, such as Physics, Biology, Neuroscience and Psychology, the author focuses the changes in scientific patterns, stressing how handicapped the Juridical Science is when trying to fit in old conjectures and patterns of a period where Positivism and Empiricism were fundamental.
Trying to imitate the Physical and Biological Sciences, the author has become reductionist, getting away from the axiological spheres, trying to expurgate the values from her body, specially the concept of justice, ethical problems, preoccupation of supreme relevance for Science nowadays. The latter, facing the risks of environmental and nuclear destruction, and the bad use of technology, has discussed the ethical issues, while Law, sometimes still involved in the shadows of a not so justified past, leaves aside what was supported to be its maximum preoccupation.
The book stands out the importance of Holism, technique that makes clear how much the whole must be taken into consideration, as well as the inter, the multi and the transdisciplinarity, even to avoid a compartimentalization which prevents bigger visions and developments. On the same line of thought, we find complexity, very much in evidence, occupied with the ethics of solidarity, and with the globalization phenomenon.
Professor Willis Santiago Guerra Filho, a philosopher and renowned jurist, comments the work: “The present work presents a kaleidoscope to focus the Law Science under other spheres, starting from the statement of the possibility and the necessity of scientific focus on the juridical subject, so that it preserves its value millenary tradition but replaces it in the levels of the new patterns of scientific studies”.
The book, with erudition, underlines extremely contemporary issues, debated in intellectual centers all over the world, being of supreme importance for all those who are interested in philosophy, Epistemology, Sciences and Law.

Mitopoiesis: The Symbols and the Mythical of the Human Being

Fiuza Publishing – 28cm x 21cm – 908 Pages

MITOPOIESIS is a work that deals with man’s journey towards himself. Through a study of psychological, symbolic and mythical nature, the author writes about themes such as the trip – allegory of this search – whether by sea, land, space, time, imaginary, real, inner or out, and also themes such as the gods and goddesses of the Greek-Roman mythology, transposed into daily life, and focused as sides of our being.
For a better comprehension of oneself and the other, the junguian psychology, the myth and the symbolic language may b the answers, denoting the main ways to be used during the process of conscience and self-knowledge widening through which we must get through.
Poems, paintings, drawings and photos illustrate the book, revealing even more the countless facets of myth, and trying to gather intellect and emotion, science and art, didactics and fiction, as an attempt to unite the opposites, so that a major PLENITUDE may be reached.

Law, Complexity and Systems

Fiuza Publishing – 21cm x 14cm – 144 Pages

The volume now presented constitutes, besides an excellent MA dissertation by the author, defended with honor at Metropolitan University of santos, a current theme of supreme importance for Law and Jusphilosophy.
Complex versatile systems designate a theme that the most recent science has been discussing and applying to several fields of knowledge, and that concerns from a bacteria which has become resistant, till human brain, history and culture.
So, it supposes a dynamic and interconnected net, capable of self producing, which exchanges information with the environment, influences and is influenced, learning from the experience, and transforming itself through the very same, and compressing the regularities noticed on schemes or patterns which allow prescriptions and previews of behaviors.
This wide concept of contemporary science was brought into the depths of Law by the author, denoting its relevance, and the possibility of juridical insertion in wider horizons and pertinent to contemporaneity.
Subjects in evidence such as port-modernity, globalization, ideologies, complexity, the systemic thought, holograms and the change in patterns, were focused translating a panel about the main issuers emerging in the period in course.
The concern with justice and the social is also present, stressing the anxiety of placing Law in the ambit where it may be an efficient way in what concerns the human being, its primordial aim.

The Symbolic of Animals – 2 volumes

Fiuza Publishing – 23cm x 16cm – 1st volume: 261 Pages
2nd volume: 343 Pages

In the first volume, the author extracts from the symbolic annuals of the collective imaginary a series of information about animals making use of prose, poetry, fables, bestiary, fairy tales, myths, visual arts, zoology, etc. demonstrating how the subject has been of great interest by many people and how it is related to our sides interpreting them as if they were in a mirror. In this way, the author emphasizes that the animals reveal, above all, human characteristics, figuring a pantheon of archetypical entities of deep implications, including psychological ones.
Presenting 74 animals besides those of fantastic meaning like the dragon, the phoenix and the griffin, the author stresses peculiarities of those animals which were mostly used around the centuries like a projecting screen of the individuals.
The second volume, of fictional nature, gathers a series of fables, on Esopo’s and La Fontaine’s ways, either dealing with extremely contemporary questions, such as poems, short-stories, critical texts or with themes of human depth.
The two volumes are like the two brain hemispheres, one of rational and didactic meaning, the other fictional and more concerned with emotions and art.

Interests: Drawings,painting, literature, movie, mithology, symbolism,psychology, history.

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