Currently showing at CWA Gallery Concord.


Victoria was born in Bombay, India, and raised in Shanghai. At the age of twelve she moved to Argentina with her sister and father. Daughter of an award winning photographer, it was her responsibility to help him in his studio and darkroom, retouching negatives and coloring photographs in sepia tones with aniline and transparent oil. Since art was her main interest, she entered the National Academy of Fine Arts in Argentina, where she studied drawing and painting. She then married, had four children and moved to San Francisco, in 1963, where she worked full time while raising her family. In 1978 she decided to resume her studies in Fine Arts at San Francisco City College. She also studied privately with Marjorie Lester Leighton, Allan McCorcle and Bob Gerbracht. From 1986 to 1990 Victoria was Exhibit Director for the Society of Western Artists, chaired four Annuals and a National Exhibit, thus obtaining her signature award.

"Victoria tries to capture the essence of Nature to convey inner peace toward the viewer."

          Her paintings have been successfully displayed in many juried exhibitions, including Bruener’s Fine Arts Gallery in Santa Rosa, Menlo Park Civic Center, John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, Santa Cruz Art League, Newark and Marin County Civic Centers, Kaiser Foundation in Oakland, Gallery on the Avenue in Burlingame and the San Francisco Hall of Flowers. Victoria had a solo exhibit at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, The Garden Café and Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame. She obtained many awards, among them a First Place in the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum Exhibit in 1986, with her painting “Lily Pads”.

Victoria was curator for the U.C.S.F. Student, Faculty and Staff Art shows in the past and in 1996 won  “Peoples Choice” award for her w/c “Pas des Deux”. She also has been very active it the elaboration of vitraux based on the designs of floral and portrait paintings.

Her professional affiliations include the National League of American Pen Women, Inc. where she was President of Nob Hill Branch in 2000/01. Became member of California Watercolor Association in 2000 where she is very active and received her signature award in 2003.



Octagon Gallery in Daly City, CA

Mostly self-taught, she works in oils, pastels, watercolors and acrylics. Enjoys painting still life, landscapes, floral and portraits. Photography is her passion, she can stop time with a click of the shutter and travel back to that moment when creating a painting. The American Fuchsia Society published her painting “Serenade” on their March 1986 bulletin cover.


Garden Cafe in Burlingame, CA


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