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Diane Victor was born in 1964. She received her BA Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She won the SASOL New Signatures Award in 1987 and became the youngest recipient of the prestigious Volkskas Atelier Award in 1988 which granted her a ten-month stay at the Cité International des Artes in Paris.

Since 1990, Victor has been a part-time lecturer, teaching drawing and printmaking, at various South African institutions including the University of Pretoria, Tshwane University of Technology, Open Window Academy, the University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University and the University of Johannesburg.

She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in South Africa and internationally and has taken part in several residencies, including those in Poland, Vienna, USA and China. Victor is represented in many public and private collections in South Africa and abroad including The Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has been the festival artist at ABSA KKNK, Innibos and Aardklop festivals.

Victor is represented by Goodman Gallery and is associated with David Krut printmaking in South Africa.

Artist CV

1964: Born in Witbank, South Africa.

1986: BA(FA), University of the Witwatersrand. Major in Printmaking.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1991 - 2012

  • Part-time lecturer in drawing and printmaking at the University of Pretoria.

    1990 - 2012

  • Part time teaching at various intuitions including: Tswane University of technology(TUT), Open Window Academy, Vaal Triangle (VUT), University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Rhodes University, Stellenbosh University, University of South Africa (UNISA) and University of JOhannesburg (UJ) [formerly Wits Tec].

    SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

    2018

  • 'Which Hunt' – Goodman Gallery Cape Town.

    2014

  • 'Nomad Bodies' – Travelling Exhibition – Curated by Elfriede Dreyer.
  • 'The Needle and the Damage Done' - David Krut Projects Cape Town.

    2013

  • 'No Country for Old Women' – Absa KKNK Oudtshoorn – Festival artist.
  • Benefit Auction – Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 'Tom Waits for No Man show', curated by Gordon Froud, travelling exhibition.

    2012

  • 'Ashes to Ashes and Smoke to Dust' Solo exhibition – University of Johannesburg (UJ) Art Gallery.
  • Recent work – solo presentation – David Krut Projects, New York, USA.
  • 'Celebrating 20 years of artists proof studios' group exhibition – Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 'Terra incognito' group show – Fried Contemporary, Pretoria.
  • University of Pretoria staff exhibition – AULA, University of Pretoria.
  • 'This Place /displace' – The George Bizos Foundation Benefit Auction, UJ Gallery, Johannesburg.

    2011

  • 'Fables and Folly' – Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Iowa, USA.
  • Contemporary prints from South Africa – Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, USA.
  • 'The butcher, the undertaker and the dealer' – Absa KKNK Oudtshoorn.
  • Artist’s book show – KKNK Sasol
  • 'Designs of self' 4-person show – Fried gallery, Pretoria.
  • 'Brief lives' at halls abattoir – Innibos Nelspruit civic center – Festival artist.
  • 'Collateral: printmaking as social commentary' – Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 'Altered pieces' group show – Thompson gallery, Johannesburg.

    2010

  • 'Transcend' Solo show – Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 'Transgressing the page' book art show – Potchefstroom University.
  • 'Out of [south] Africa' printmaking show – Highpoint center for printmaking, Minneapolis, USA.
  • Center for contemporary print residency exhibit – CCP, Connecticut, USA.
  • 'Smoke Screen: Fraility and Failing' – David Krut Projects, Chelsea, New York, USA.
  • 'Peek a boo' – contemporary art from South Africa, Helsinki, Finland.
  • 1EEB4 international experimental engraving biennale, Romania.
  • Staff show University of Pretoria, Fried gallery, Pretoria.
  • 2010 Soccer World Cup exhibition, UNISA gallery, Pretoria.

    2009

  • Woordfees – Stellenbosh
  • 'Dystopia' group exhibition – UNISA gallery, Pretoria.
  • 'Art and Violence' - SPIER, Stellenbosh.
  • Group show – Reservoir, Oliewenhuis museum, Bloemfontein.
  • New work – Fried contemporary, Pretoria.
  • 'Domestic' curated group show – Goethe institute Jhb: Krakow Print Trienalle – Krakow Poland.
  • Lesotho, S.A High commission, Maseru, Lesotho.

    2008

  • Solo exhibition – Goodman Gallery, Cape Town.
  • Three-person show – Fried contemporary, Pretoria.
  • 'Decadence' group show – Grand province, Cape Town.
  • MAPS – Grasskop hotel – The Disaster’s of Peace.
  • Aardklop festival artist, Potchefstroom.
  • 'Print 09' Group shows – Bell–Roberts, Cape Town.
  • New prints - David Krut gallery, Johannesburg.

    2007

  • 'Out of Africa'group show – Cork Street gallery, London, UK.
  • 'Flesh' group show – KKNK Oudtshoorn.
  • 'Positive Pulse' HIV hospice group exhibition – Sun international resorts.
  • 'Creative creatures' group show – Aardklop \ Grand province, Cape Town.
  • 'GREENHOUSE' group show – Bell-Roberts, Lourensford estate, Cape Town.
  • Group show – Amaridian gallery, New York, USA.
  • Bussan international print show – Bussan, Korea.
  • 'Draft' 5 person drawing show – UJ gallery, Johannesburg.
  • International Graphiztriennale Wien – Kunstlerhaus, Vienna.
  • Art from South Africa – Bratislava, Slovak Republic.
  • 'I Love u + or' group show – l’espace Michel Simon, Paris, France.
  • South Africa on Paper – gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney, Australia.

    2006

  • Solo Show – Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • Amerindian Gallery Launch show, Soho, New York.
  • 'A Mammalian future' print exchange – Utah University, Utah, USA.
  • 'Woman for Children' print and poetry project, KZN.
  • SASOL Wax Art Award finalist exhibition, SASOL head office, Johannesburg and Aardklop arts festival.
  • 12th Print and Drawing Biennial – R.O.C. Taiwan.
  • Krakow Print Trienalle – Krakow, Poland.
  • ABSA Atelier previous winners – KKNK Outshoorn.

    2005

  • 'Smoke Heads' – Michael Stevenson Contemporary, Cape Town.
  • 'Reconciliation' selected South African work – Arts and Reconciliation Festival, University of Pretoria.
  • 'Porn Again' group show – Merely Mortal, Johannesburg.
  • 'Almost Human' 5-person show – Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein.

    2004

  • Michael Stevenson Contemporary, Cape Town.
  • 'Personal Effects' - Museum of African art, Queens and Cathedral of St John the Divine, Manhattan, New York.
  • 'Show me home' curated show – Johannesburg art gallery and Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Open End Project: Images of men and woman living with HIV – German / South African interactive exhibition – Museum Africa, Johannesburg.
  • 'Ani-male' group show – Artspace, Johannesburg.
  • Brett Kebbel Art Awards – Cape Town Conference Center.
  • Bonolo botshelo art doll project – Museum Africa, Newtown and UNISA, Pretoria.
  • 'Waldsee 1944' tribute exhibition - 2B gallery Budapest, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin and The Hebrew Union College, New York.

    2003

  • Solo Exhibition – Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • Triad graphics show – Chamaliers, France.
  • Impact print portfolio – IMPACT conference, Cape Town.
  • Brett Kebbel awards – Cape Town Conference center.
  • Aardklop group show in snowflake.

    2002

  • 'Grime' curated show – Bell Roberts, Cape Town and KKNK.
  • 'Drawing Conclusions' group show – Arts association Pretoria.
  • Interdepartmental print exchange – University of Bloemfontein.
  • Sasol wax award exhibition – Sasolburg.
  • Drawing show – Gallery 88, Sasolburg.

    2001

  • 'Printing the Unspeakable' 2 person show with Frank Ledimo – Open Window Art Gallery, Pretoria.
  • Windsor and Newton Millennium painting competition, Johannesburg and London
  • Art and the Body – UNISA gallery, Pretoria.
  • Two-person show with Ian Marley – Oliewenhuis museum, Bloemfontein.
  • Sharpville Remembered – print portfolio.
  • Two-person show with Ian Marley – University of Natal.
  • 'Clean' curated group show – Millennium gallery.
  • 'CORPUS' group show – Bellville, Western Cape.

    2000

  • Windsor and Newton Worldwide millennium painting competition – London.
  • Canadian print portfolio – HIV now.
  • Address-Redress: National print exchange – Oliewenhuis gallery, Bloemfontein.
  • After New York – Johannesburg civic theatre, Johannesburg.

    1999

  • Solo show – Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 2nd International Ex- Libris exhibition – Kortril gallery, Susak, Croatia.
  • 'Transmigration's' group show – Art share gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
  • 'Playing Cards' print exchange – Belgium / South Africa.
  • 'ANIMA[L]' Group show – Bellville, Western Cape.

    1998

  • Two person show – Akademie der Bildende Kunste, Schillerplatz, Vienna, Austria.
  • 'Donaldson, Diedericks, Victor' 3 person show – NSA Gallery, Durban.
  • 'Vitiate: Vestiges, Volition' – Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town.
  • Printmakers Guild, group exhibition – Campus Gallery, University of Pretoria.
  • Absolute 3 – AVA, Cape Town.
  • 'Photo-graphics' group show – The Open Window, Pretoria.
  • 'Lower east Side Printshop' Celebrates 30 years – Chelsea Gallery, New York, USA.
  • Resident show of Work – Johnson Studio Centre, Johnson Vermont, USA.
  • R.O.C. Biannual of Drawing and Printmaking – Republic of China.
  • Two-person show with Thea Soggot – The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.

    1997

  • Woman's Printmaking Guild – Centurion Gallery, Pretoria.
  • Carfax Experience – Eurovirus I-IV, Johannesburg.
  • Kempton Park Art Competition.
  • 'Works on Paper' – Gallery on Tyrone, Johannesburg.
  • 2nd International Plain Air workshop exhibition – Ryn, Polland.
  • 'Re-creation' print exchange / artist’s book – Robin Silverberg, USA.
  • 'Printmaking in a changing South Africa' - traveling exhibition.
  • 'Erotic miniature show' – Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • Civic theatre commission – Tesson Theatre, Johannesburg.

    1996

  • Female printmakers group print show – Museum St. Niclaus, Belgium.
  • Two-person print show – Gallery Sonja Mertens, Antwerp, Belgium.
  • 'Body Talk' figure drawing exhibition – SA Arts association (NTvl), Pretoria.
  • 'Loving, Diving, Purging' 3 person show – The Open Window Art Academy, Pretoria.
  • 'Recent Drawing': Kentridge, Bell, Emsley and Victor – Gallery on Tyrone, Johannesburg.
  • 'World Environment Day' group exhibition – Pretoria Art Museum.
  • 'Bill of Rights' print portfolio – Durban.
  • 'The Open Window' inaugural exhibition – The Open Window Art Academy, Pretoria.
  • 'Fiftieth Anniversary Show' Friends of the Pretoria Art Museum – Cafe Palette, Pretoria Art Museum.
  • Fine Arts department staff show – University of Pretoria
  • 'Small Spaces' group Show – Carfax, Johannesburg.
  • 'Boxed' group Exhibition – Lyttelton Art Gallery, Centurion.
  • '30 x 30' group Exhibition – Cafe Palette, Pretoria Art Museum.
  • Contemporary South African Art – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway.

    1995

  • 'Rapture' 5 Woman show – Dubbo Regional Gallery, Adelaide, Australia.
  • 'EDGE' 5 Woman show – Fringe, Johannesburg Biennale.
  • 'Cunning Stunts' Fringe group show – Johannesburg Biennale.
  • Volatile Alliances: International print Exchange – Johannesburg Biennale.
  • 'Vita Art Now' award exhibition – Johannesburg Art Gallery.
  • 'Art Alive' group Exhibition, W.H.P.S., Pretoria.
  • 'Some Artists' group show – De Villiers Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • Women's Day group show – Paarl Art Museum.
  • Gay Rights Exhibition – Cape Town.
  • 'Masters and Protégés' group drawing show – Pretoria Art Museum.

    1994

  • 'Bite the Ballot' group show – Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • 'Whipped Cream' group graphics show – Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town.
  • 'Arts Alive' group show – W.H.P.S., Pretoria.
  • 'Jo'burg in the Cape' group show – Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town.
  • 'Art Contemporian D'Afrique du Sud' group show – Paris, France.
  • 'February Show' group exhibition – ICA Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg.
  • 'Festival of Laughter' group show – Civic Theatre, Johannesburg.
  • Solo Show – Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • Fine Arts department staff show – University of Pretoria.

    1993

  • 'Woman on Woman' – Seeff Trust Gallery, Cape Town.
  • 'The Neglected Sex' – Gallery on Tyrone, Johannesburg.
  • 'Drawing with light' photography group show – ICA Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg.
  • IGI 'Vita Art Now' award exhibition – Johannesburg Art Gallery.
  • Cleveland Drawing Biennial – Cleveland. USA.
  • 'Corporate Art' group show – Artists Co-operative, Midrand.
  • 'Women's Work' – Belville Arts Association, Cape Town.
  • 'States of Contrast' group South African graphics show – University of Wisconsin, USA.

    1992

  • Solo Show – Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • '101 (or more)' Miniatures – ICA Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg.
  • Group Show – Artists Co-operative, Midrand.
  • ICA Inaugural Exhibition – Newtown, Johannesburg.
  • 'Paris the catalyst' – Alliance Francaise, Durban.
  • AIDS, the exhibition – ICA gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg.
  • 19 Artists: Fine Arts department staff show – University of Pretoria
  • Graphics Group Exhibition – Pretoria Art Museum

    1991

  • Two-person show with Guilio Tamberllini – University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.
  • Solo show – Gallery on the Market, Newtown, Johannesburg.
  • Rembrandt van Rijn Cape Town Triennale.
  • Fine Arts department staff show – University of Pretoria.
  • A A Life 'Vita Art Now' award exhibition – Johannesburg Art Gallery.

    1990

  • Solo show – SA Arts association, Pretoria.
  • Two-person show with Guy du Toit – Gallery International, Cape Town.
  • One-person show – Gallery on the Market, Newtown, Johannesburg.
  • Group exhibition – FIG Gallery, Johannesburg.
  • Art Foundation lecturer's show – Thupelo Gallery, Johannesburg.

    1989

  • Two-person show with Geoff Grundling – Cite International des Arts, Paris, France.
  • Triad Graphics Exhibition – Paris, France.
  • City Group show – Paris, France.
  • 'Prints with a point' graphics exhibition – Off Centre Gallery, Bristol, England.
  • 'Intergrafik 90' Solidarity Graphics Show – Berlin , Germany.
  • Guiseppe Cataneo Retrospective – Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

    1988

  • Volkskas Atelier Award exhibition – Pretoria.
  • Rembrandt van Rijn Cape Town Triennale.
  • Work accepted for 23rd International Prix of Contemporary Art of Monte Carlo.
    1987
  • Corona del Mar: Young Artist of the Year Exhibition – Uvongo, Kwa-Zulu.
  • Standard Bank Drawing Festival – Grahamstown.
  • Four-person show of graphics – Melville Place gallery, Johannesburg.

    AWARDS AND COMMISSIONS

  • 2012: KykNET Fiesta award. Beste prestasie in visuele kuns vir Innibos Feeskunstenaar & KKNK Uitstallings.
  • 2011: Festival artist - Innibos arts festival Nelspruit.
  • 2011: Herrie Kanna award at ABSA KKNK.
  • 2010: CCP printmaking residency – Connecticut, USA.
  • 2009: Festival artist – Aardklop, Potchestroom.
  • 2006: Statutory award of MTG - Krakow Print Triennial. Krakow Poland.
  • 2006: Finalist of the SASOL wax in Art Award.
  • 2005: Gold Medal Award for Visual Art - SA Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • 2002: WAM Sasol Wax Award winner.
  • 2000: Windsor and Newton Millennium competition - Finalist.
  • 1999: Vermont Studio center residency – Vermont, USA.
  • 1998: UNESCO residency – Vienna Austria.
  • 1997: Fellowship to the Ampersand foundation – New York, USA.
  • 1995: Johannesburg Civic theatre Commission award.
  • 1999: J & B Rare Achievers Award - Arts.
  • 1988: ABSA atelier award - Annual studio award - Paris.
  • 1986: New Signatures Award.
  • 1986: Martienssen prize – University of Witwatersrand.
  • 1985-1986: University of Witwatersrand Student awards.

    PUBLIC COLLECTIONS [Numerous Public and private collections including]

  • IZIKO South African National Gallery - Cape Town
  • Pretoria Art Museum
  • Johannesburg Art Gallery
  • Gertrude Possel collection – WAM, University of Witwatersrand
  • ABSA Bank
  • Sanlam Collection
  • Standard bank of South Africa
  • Bundeskanzelampt - Vienna, Austria
  • MoMA New York - print collection 2005
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art – N.Y
  • Library of congress, USA
  • Grinnell Collage - Iowa, USA
  • SABC - South African Broadcasting Corporation
  • Tatum art gallery Pietermaritzburg
  • Spier South Africa
  • MTN South Africa
  • Reserve Bank of South Africa
  • S.A. Association of Arts
  • SASOL Corporate collection
  • University of Pretoria collections
  • University of Johanesburg collections.

    PUBLICATIONS

  • PERRYER, S. 2004. "10 years 100 Artists: Art in a Democratic South Africa"
  • RANKIN, E. AND VON VEY, K. 2008. "Taxi Book 13 - Diane Victor", David Krut Publications S.A.
  • MC INNES, J. “Of fables and folly”, Faulkoner Gallery Grinnell collage, Iowa, U.S.A
  • “Burning the candle at both ends”- David Krut Publication S.A. 2012
  • ALLARA, P. 2011. "Diane Victor and Paul Emmanuel: Lost Men, Lost Wor (l) ds," African Arts 45/4, (winter 2012), 34-45.
  • RANKIN, E. 2011. "Human rights and human wrongs: public perceptions of Diane Victor’s Disasters of Peace." South African Journal of Art History 26.1 (2011): 85-95.
  • RANKIN, E. 2011. "Collateral: Printmaking as Social Commentary", Gus Fisher Art Gallery, University of Auckland
  • VON VEY, K. 2012. “Loss and Transience in the work of Diane Victor.” Diane Victor: Burning the Candle at Both Ends. Johannesburg: David Krut. pp.5-78.
  • VON VEY, K. 2012. "Diane Victor, Tracey Rose, and the Gender Politics of Christian Imagery." African Arts. Winter 2012.Vol.45. no.4. pp.22-33
  • VON VEY, K. 2012. “The intersection of Christianity and Politics in South African art: a comparative analysis of selected images since 1960, with emphasis on the post-apartheid era.” De Arte 85. 2012. pp.5-25.
  • VON VEY, K. 2009. “Saints and Sinners: Re-Evaluating gendered power bases entrenched by religious imagery.” In A.A. du Preez (ed.) Taking a Hard Look: Gender and Visual Culture. Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp.47-70.
  • VON VEY, K. 2007. “Considerations on the Sasol Wax Art Awards” De Arte 75, September 2007, pp. 64-72.
  • VON VEY, K. 2007. “Transformations of Religious Icons in the work of Diane Victor.” Proceedings of Transformation/s in Visual Culture. The 22nd Annual Conference of the South African Association of Visual Arts Historians, Published by VUT 2007 pp: 179-188.
  • VON VEY, K. 2006. “Is there a place for Feminism in contemporary South African Art?” De Arte, No.73, 2006, pp.28-42.


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