Valentin Varetsa began his career as a professional artist, having studied at the Kharkov Academy of Fine Art, Ukraine and the St.Petersburg Academy of Fine Art, Russia. The passion for color and attention to intricate detail that earned him his Masters degree is evident in his work. With dozens of personal exhibitions in Italy, Belarus, Ukraine, and Australia, Valentin has earned great respect as an artist. His illustrations can be seen in books, published throughout world. Some examples of Valentin’s work are the illustrations for the Random House Children's Treasure, The Children's Treasure Gift Set, Favourite Bedtime Stories and The Hare and the Tortoise and other fables. His work has appeared in many exhibitions, galleries and museums worldwide including: Fine Art Museum in Kiev,The National Museum of History &Culture Belarus, National Library of Belarus, National Library of USA, in Washington, USA. Now Valentin continues to create original artwork from his studio in Melbourne.