Valérie John (Vigon) was born in Fort-de-France (Martinique) in 1964. It was in Paris that she explored, from 1981 to 1983, the scenographic arts, the plastic arts, semiology and the pagne (as a research subject). She then travelled, between 1983 and 1987, to Africa, from Senegal to Mali to Mauritania. She participated for a time in the Laboratoire Agit’art (Dakar, 1974). Holder of the CAPES, she returned to Martinique in 1987 and began her body of work in 1998. Director of the visual arts department of the Campus Caraïbéen des Arts (Fort-de-France) from 2011 to 2015, she was made a knight of the Order of Arts and Letters that same year 2015. She has exhibited in Africa, the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.