A student at the Beaux-Arts School of Versailles (1983-1985), and then at the National School of Art of Bourges (1985-1988), she obtained the French Higher National Diploma in Visual Expression in 1988 and also holds a diploma in advanced studies (DEA) in the philosophy of art from the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne (1989).
Initiated by various minimalist and conceptual tendencies, Valérie Belin became interested in the photographic medium in its own right; this is at the beginning of the work of her work and her way of reflecting and creating. Light, matter and the "body" of things and beings in general, their transformations and representations, constitute the field of her experiments and the world of her artistic ideas. Her work is articulated in photographic series, each one produced within the framework of a specific project.
Valérie Belin uses photography to explore the human body as a powerful vessel for abstraction and projected meaning. She has photographed live models and mannequins, masks and cardsharks, dancers and bodybuilders all while referring to the central theme of reality vs. artificiality. Belin questions the construction and fetishization of mainstream beauty ideals and enduring gender constructs.
The works of Valérie Belin have been exhibited around the world and are held in private and private collections. Winner of the Pictet Award in 2015 (Disorder), she was made an officer of France's Order of Arts and Letters in 2017.