Lina Iris Viktor
Raised in London to Liberian parents, Lina Viktor traveled extensively in her youth also living in Johannesburg, South Africa for many years. Her multi-disciplinary approach to her work is informed by a background in film which she studied at Sarah Lawrence College, and her continued studies within photography & design at The School of Visual Arts, along with years of performance as a teenager. Viktor creates her own mythology as a painter, sculptor, photographer, and performance artist.
Lina Viktor chooses to work in a strictly limited world - it is a mythical one of her creation existing within the zen-influenced, blurred lines of the real and the imagined. Governed by a purist color palette, her work considers the natural laws, hermetic philosophies, mathematic & scientific principles, and seeks to instill a divine order to all around her.
Viktor utilizes the empirical to refer to another level of consciousness. Through the use of basic geometric forms, square, circle, triangle etc, that appear in an array of variations, sizes, and repetitive pattern structures she builds an idiosyncratic visual landscape across multiple mediums. Whether working through painting, sculpture, photography, performance, film, or installations - of thematic prominence are repetition, patterns, and an adherence to the color palette - gold, blue, black and white. The environments she creates manage to be stark and opulent, understated and decadent, usually involving walls painted blue, black or white. Her preferred material throughout - the indestructible metal - 24-karat gold.
Viktor has exhibited her paintings alongside works by Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tom Sachs, Ryan McGinley, & Peter Beard.
Artist | Lina Viktor