"Northwest by Southeast by Southwest; three sensibilities, three different lights, three environments; all synthesized into what I recreate today. The Arizona Sonoran Desert has been a powerful muse, influencing my art, offering its essence which becomes my vision, celebrating color in my work."
American Artist, Victor Steven Rosenberg was born in 1939 in Brooklyn, NY and spent much of his youth in the mid-western and western U.S.He began formal art studies in 1968, and although he left after completing three years because he felt he had learned all he could from that environment, art school unzipped the outer shell of his family’s traditions and expectations. Victor has never stopped studying other artists and their work, as well as other philosophies.
He has been a practicing artist for 50+ years; painting in the Northwest for 14 years, then moving to the Southeast where he painted for another 12. While visiting the Sonoran Desert in 1989, he heard the desert call and has been painting in the Southwest for almost 30 years. He has had four public studio-galleries, approximately eleven one-man shows and 36 group shows. He has won 16 awards and has art in four public collections and hundreds of private collections. Articles and television documentaries have been done about him and his art.
Victor’s subject matter includes landscape, figures, animals, dreams and the power he draws from the land. For him the adventure of art is bringing a new and different eye to an everyday subject, re-creating from nature, making visible what is not yet seen, discovering a vision below the surface where the paint talks and becomes a new sensibility. He may paint the appearance of a Yaqui Deer Dancer; however, his emphasis is to reach for the essence, the unseen, the transformation of the natural blending with the supernatural. His work is a record of these explorations; painting a window into a universe often obscured from everyday eyes. Sometimes Victor starts with a very graphic image. Then, negates the obvious to separate, distinguish, and define. Working until the quiet voice says, "Take a look." Then, he may refine and clarify until the work is in focus. The journey, the discovery, and wonder are his joy.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist