Diane Victor is a contemporary South African artist based in Johannesburg South Africa. In her practice she expresses her pessimism towards human society by explore themes of social injustice, war, and corruption. She uses many techniques including printmaking, charcoal and candle smoke.
Victor was born in Witbank, South Africa in 1964. She received her BA Fine Arts Degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1986. Since completing her studies, she has been a practising artist as well as becoming a part time lecturer at numerous institutions where she has taught printmaking and drawing.
Her works have been included in numerous collections, namely: The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, among others.
She was the winning recipient of the SASOL New Signatures Award in 1987 . In 1988 she became the youngest recipient of the prestigious Volkskas Atelier Award which included a ten-month residency at the Cité International des Artes in Paris.
She is a prominent artist who has had multiple solo exhibitions and in turn has participated in many group exhibitions in South Africa and internationally. She had many residencies all over the world, including: in Poland, Vienna, USA and China.
Her works form a part of public and private collections both in South Africa and internationally including: The Victoria and Albert Museum, in London and the Museum of Modern Art, in New York.
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