Diane Victor

Collections

Billiton, Johannesburg, South Africa
Bundeskonzelampt, Vienna, Austria
Durban Art Museum, Durban, South Africa
Gauteng Department of Legislature, Johannesburg, South Africa
Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Johannes Stegeman Gallery, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Library of Congress, Washington, USA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
Pretoria Technikon, Pretoria, South Africa
Santam Bank Collection, Cape Town, South Africa
Sasol Collection, Stellenbosch, South Africa
South Africa Natal Technikon, Durban, South Africa
Tatham Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
The Minneapolis Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis, USA
University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Volkskas Bank Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa

Conference and Workshop Participation

1887
Participated in 2nd International Plein Air Workshop, Ryn, Poland

Curated Exhibitions

2002
Drawing Conclusions, The Association of Art, Pretoria, South Africa

Teaching, Lectureships and Workshop

1994 – 1997
Part-time Lecturer in Drawing, Technikon Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

1992-1994
Part-time Lecturer in Drawing, Technikon Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

1991-1999
Part-time Lecturer in Drawing and Printmaking, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

1990
Johannesburg Art Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa

Solo Exhibitions

2015
One Pound of Flesh , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013
No Country for Old Women – Absa KKNK Oudtshoorn – Festival artist, South Africa
Benefit Auction – Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Tom Waits for No Man show, curated by Gordon Froud, traveling exhibition.

2012
Ashes to Ashes and Smoke to Dust , University of Johannesburg (UJ) Art Gallery, South Africa
Recent work, David Krut Projects, New York, USA
University of Pretoria staff exhibition – AULA, University of Pretoria, South Africa
This Place /displace , The George Bizos Foundation Benefit Auction, UJ Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

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, South Africa
Artist’s book show – KKNK Sasol, South Africa
Brief lives , at halls abattoir Innibos Nelspruit civic center, Festival artist, South Africa
Collateral: printmaking as social commentary, Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, New Zealand

2010
Transcend , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Transgressing the page book art shoW, Potchefstroom University, South Africa
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
Soccer World Cup exhibition, UNISA gallery, Pretoria, South Africa

2009
Woordfees – Stellenbosh, South Africa
Art and Violence , SPIER, Stellenbosh, South Africa
New work – Fried contemporary, Pretoria, South Africa
Lesotho, S.A High commission, Maseru, Lesotho, South Africa

2008
Diane Victor, Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

2006
Diane Victor, The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2003
Diane Victor, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1994
Diane Victor Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1992
Diane Victor Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1990
Diane Victor Gallery on the Market, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa
SA Association of Arts , Pretoria, South Africa

1989
Two-person show with Geoff Grundlingh, Cité International des Arts, Paris, France
Triad Graphics Exhibition , Paris, France
City Group show, Paris, France
Prints with a point 1989 , Off Centre Gallery, Bristol, England, UK
Intergrafik 90 , Solidarity Graphics Show, Berlin , Germany
Giuseppe Cattaneo Retrospective , Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Artist Statement
“My interest in image making is linked to my interest as observer, as voyeur. Through the media of drawing
and printmaking in which I normally work, I explore ways to exorcise the mass of images that build up in
memory/minds eye.
“To ‘draw out’ these figures allows me to re-confront them in my own terms/territory. The physical and
psychological interactions between people and the damage that these interactions invite is interesting to
me, the surface of the human body acting as a recording device of the history/s of its owner. Flesh as
document of desires and weaknesses.” (2002)

http://www.artthrob.co.za/03feb/artbio.html

Group Exhibitions

2016
New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50 , Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50 , Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2015
South African Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale, What remains is tomorrow, South Africa

2014
Earth Matters , Bowdoin Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine, USA
From Sitting to Selfie , Standard Bank Gallery, South Africa
Contemporary Art / South Africa at Yale University Art Gallery, USA

2012
Celebrating 20 years of artists proof studios , Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Terra incognito , Fried Contemporary, Pretoria, South Africa

2011
Designs of self, Fried gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
Altered pieces ,Thompson gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009
In Black and White , Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Dystopia , UNISA gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
Domestic , Goethe institute, Krakow Print Trienalle , Krakow, Poland

2006
Personal Affects , Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii

2004
Personal Affects , Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art, Museum for African Art, Long Island, USA

2003
Contact Zones , Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

1998
Akademie der Bildende Kunste, Schillerplatz, Vienna, Austria
Donaldson, Diedericks, Victor, NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
Vitiate : Vestiges, Volition, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa
Printmakers Guild , Campus Gallery, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Absolute 3 , AVA Cape Town, South Africa
Photo-graphics , The Open Window Group Show, Pretoria, South Africa
Lower East Side Printshop , Celebrates 30 years, Chelsea Gallery, New York, USA
Resident show of Work, Johnson Studio Centre, Vermont, USA
ROC Biannual of Drawing and Printmaking , Republic of China
The Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1997
Women’s Printmaking Guild , Centurion Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
Eurovirus I-IV, Carfax experience, 2nd Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa
Kempton Park Art Competition , Kempton Park, South Africa
Works on Paper, Gallery on Tyrone, Johannesburg, South Africa
Recreation , Print Collaboration, Robin Silverman, USA
Printmaking in a Changing South Africa , travelling show, South Africa
Erotic Miniature Show, Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg , South Africa

1996
Female Printmakers , Museum St. Niclaus, Belgium
Two-person printmaking exhibition, Gallery Sonja Mertens, Antwerp, Belgium
Body Talk, SA Arts Association, Pretoria, South Africa
Loving, Diving, Purging , The Open Window Art Academy, Pretoria, South Africa
Recent Drawing , Gallery on Tyrone, Johannesburg, South Africa
World Environment Day, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
The Open Window inaugural exhibition , The Open Window Art Academy, Pretoria, South Africa
Fiftieth Anniversary Show, Friends of the Pretoria Art Museum, Cafe Palette, Pretoria, South Africa
Staff Show, Department of Visual Arts, University of Pretoria, Campus Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa
Small Spaces , Carfax, Johannesburg, South Africa
Boxed , Lyttelton Art Gallery, Centurion, South Africa
30 × 30 , Cafe Palette, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
Contemporary South African Art , Oslo, National Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Norway

1995
Rapture , Dubbo Regional Gallery, Australia and Adelaide Central Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Edge , Fringe Gallery, Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa
Cunning Stunts , Fringe Group show, Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa
Volatile Alliances , International Print Exchange, Johannesburg Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa
Vita Art Now, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
WHIPPS , Pretoria, South Africa
Some Artists , De Villiers Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Women’s Day Group Show, Paarl Art Museum, Paarl, South Africa
Gay Rights Exhibition , Cape Town, South Africa
Masters and Protegés , Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

1994
Bite the Ballot , Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Whipped Cream, Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Arts Alive , WHIPPS, Pretoria, South Africa
Jo’burg in the Cape , Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Art Contemporain d’Afrique du Sud , Paris, France
February Show, ICA Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa
Festival of Laughter, Civic Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa
Staff Show, Department of Visual Arts, Campus Gallery, University of Pretoria, South Africa

1993
Women on Women , Seeff Trust Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
The Neglected Sex, Gallery on Tyrone, Johannesburg, South Africa
Drawing with Light , ICA Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa
IGI Vita Art Now, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
The Cleveland Drawing Biennale , Cleveland, England, UK
Corporate Art , Midrand, South Africa

1992
101 (or more) Miniatures , ICA Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa
Artists Co-operative , Midrand, South Africa
ICA Inaugural Exhibition , Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa
Paris the Catalyst , Alliance Francaise, Durban, South Africa
AIDS -The Exhibition ICA Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa
19 Artists , Department of Visual Arts Lecturer’s Show, Campus Gallery, University of Pretoria, Pretoria,
South Africa
Graphics Group Exhibition , Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

1991
Two-person show with Giulio Tambellini, University of the Orange Free State,
Bloemfontein, South Africa
Gallery on the Market, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa
Rembrandt van Rijn Cape Town Triennale, Cape Town, South Africa
Lecturer’s group show, Department of Visual Arts, Campus Gallery, University of Pretoria, Pretoria,
South Africa
A Life Vita Art Now, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1990
Two-person show with Guy du Toit, Gallery International, Cape Town, South Africa
F I G Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Art Foundation lecturer’s show, Thupelo Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1989
Two-person show with Geoff Grundlingh, Cite International des Arts, Paris, France
Triad Graphics Exhibition , Paris, France
City Group show, Paris, France
Prints with a point 1989 , graphics exhibition, Off Centre Gallery, Bristol, England, UK
Intergrafik 90 , Solidarity Graphics Show, Berlin, Germany
Giuseppe Cattaneo Retrospective , Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

1988
Volkskas Atelier Award exhibition , SA Association of the Arts, Pretoria, South Africa
Rembrandt van Rijn Cape Town Triennale , Cape Town, South Africa
23rd International Prix of Contemporary Art of Monte Carlo , Monte Carlo, France

1987
Corona del Mar, Young Artist of the Year Exhibition, Uvongo, Kwa-Zulu, South Africa
Standard Bank Drawing Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa
Four-person show of graphics , Melville Place Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Academic Record and Residencies

Residencies

1998
Unesco, Vienna, Austria Johnson Studio Vermont, USA

Postgraduate

1986
BA, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Awards and Merits

2012
KykNET Fiesta award. Beste prestasie in visuele kuns vir Innibos Feeskunstenaar & KKNK Uitstallings.

2011
Festival artist – Innibos arts festival Nelspruit.
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.
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/ Johannesburg, USA/South Africa
Joint second place, Kempton Park Art Competition, Johannesburg, South Africa

1995
Civic Theatre Commission, Johannesburg, South Africa

1989
Financial Mail/J & B Rare Achievers Award for Art, Johannesburg,South Africa

1988
Volkskas Atelier Award, winner, Johannesburt, South Africa

1987
Reeves Award, Rolfe’s Graphics Prize
Corona del Mar Young Artist Award, joint second prize, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

1986
SASOL New Signatures Competition, winner, SA Arts Association, Pretoria, South Africa
Gunther van der Reis prize for Graphics, New Signatures Competition, S A Arts Association, Pretoria, South Africa

1986
Martienessen Prize, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Merit Student, Graphics IV, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

1985
Anya Millman Scholarship for travel in Europe, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

1985
Student Prize, NSA Paper Works exhibition, Durban, South Africa
Merit Student, Graphics II, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Selected Articles and Reviews

2013
Oliver Roberts, The fightback of an escape artist , Sunday Times, Johannesburg, December 8

2006
Catherine Green, Diane Victor, Art South Africa, (Review of solo exhibition, Goodman Gallery)
http://www.artsouthafrica.com/?article=155 June

2008
Tavish McIntosh, Diane Victor at Goodman Gallery Cape , Artthrob
http://www.artthrob.co.za/08mar/reviews/goodmanc.html March
Daniel Thöle, Social statements cross boundaries , Business Day, (Review of ‘Transmigrations’ at Pretoria Art Museum)

2002
www.geocities.com/SoHo/Coffeehouse/6702/transmigration/reviews/bdreview.htm Tuesday, April 9
Sue Williamson, Grime at Bell-Roberts Art Gallery’, ArtThrob,
www.artthrob.co.za/02jul/reviews/grime.html July
Andrea Jonker-Bryce, More than meets the eye , Dispatch Online, (Review of ‘Transmigrations’ at Ann Bryant
Art Gallery)
www.dispatch.co.za/2002/11/21/features/EYE.HTM Thursday, November 21

2001
Brenda Atkinson, Clean: An Exhibition of De-saturated Contemporary Art , ArtThrob,
www.artthrob.co.za/01nov/reviews/millennium.html November
Brenda Atkinson, Some gems at the end of the rainbow, Mail & Guardian, (Review of Winsor and Newton
Millennium Painting Competition)

1999
www.chico.mweb.co.za/mg/art/fineart/9904/990408-winton.html April 8

1998
Chris Roper, Each to his/her own , Mail & Guardian, May 8,

1996
Herlo van Rensburg, Purging in the work of Diane Victor: Contradiction and Convergence , Gallery Page,
www.up.ac.za/academic/arts/gallery.html, June

Publications

2012
Burning the candle at both ends , David Krut Publication S.A
VON VEY, K, 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, Diane Victor, Tracey Rose, and the Gender Politics of Christian Imagery. African Arts. Winter
Vol.45. no.4. pp.22-33
VON VEY, K, 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, pp.5-25.

2011
ALLARA, P, Diane Victor and Paul Emmanuel: Lost Men, Lost Wor (l) ds , African Arts 45/4, (winter), 34-
45.
RANKIN, E, Human rights and human wrongs: public perceptions of Diane Victor’s Disasters of Peace ,
South African Journal of Art History 26.1: 85-95.
RANKIN, E, Collateral: Printmaking as Social Commentary, Gus Fisher Art Gallery, University of Auckland

2009
VON VEY, K, 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.

2008
RANKIN, E. AND VON VEY, K, Taxi Book 13 – Diane Victor, David Krut Publications S.A.

2007
VON VEY, K, Considerations on the Sasol Wax Art Awards , De Arte 75, September, pp. 64-72.
VON VEY, K, 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 pp: 179-188.

2008
Rankin, E and von Veh, K, TAXI 013 – Diane Victor, David Krut Publishing, Johannesburg, South Africa
Bingham, N and Crossley, L. Diane Victor: Soft Ground Techniques , David Krut Publishing,
Johannesburg, South Africa

2006
VON VEY, K, Is there a place for Feminism in contemporary South African Art ? De Arte, No.73, pp.28-42.

2004
PERRYER, S, 10 years 100 Artists: Art in a Democratic South Africa

Biography

Diane Victor (b. 1964 in Witbank, South Africa) has established herself as a major figure in the South Africanand International art communities and is renowned for her expert printmaking and draughtsmanship. Victor positions herself within the South African art scene through her bold confrontations with difficult and at times taboo subject matter. Her large scale drawings and etchings demonstrate a command of markmaking, which she uses to render her subjects in affecting detail. At times, her work seems to pose
challenges to social and political life in contemporary South Africa, considering issues of corruption, violence and an unequal power distribution.

Having received her BA Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, with a major in
Printmaking, and graduating with distinction – Victor has gone on to win various prestige awards including
the Sasol New Signatures Award in 1987. In 1988, Victor became the youngest recipient of the prestigious
Volkskas Atelier Award which granted her a ten-month stay at the Cité Internationale des Artes in Paris,
France. Over this period, Victor was able to work collaboratively with other experienced printmakers and to
observe and reflect on a society very different from her own.

Victor has exhibited at numerous venues around South Africa and internationally, some of which include the
UNISA Gallery, Fried Contemporary, MoMA New York, Faulconer Gallery, The Highpoint Center for printmaking,
The Gus Fisher Gallery, National Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Yale University Art Gallery, The
Contemporary Museum Honolulu, and Australia and Adelaide Central Gallery. Victor’s work is part of a
number of important collections, including Sasol, Pretoria Art Museum, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Durban Art
Museum and Santam.

Since 1990, Victor has been a lecturer, teaching Fine Art, 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.

Victor lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. At present, she is a senior Fine Art lecturer at the
University of Pretoria’s Department of Visual Art.

Artworks in the SAFFCA Collection