Valeska Soares was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She practiced architecture in her home country then attended Pratt Institute in New York, where she now lives and works. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996 and her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and Brazil, including the XXII International Biennial São Paulo (1994) and the inaugural exhibition at Site Santa Fe (1995).