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”.
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.
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,
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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