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ArtSpotlight

Victoria Nanos
Sculptor

Victoria has been creating art for many years, but it wasn't until three years ago, after going through a life altering crisis, that she literally "turned her hand" to sculpting and discovered her great passion.

 

All of Victoria's prior incarnations as a painter, potter, printmaker, and jewelry maker prepared her for becoming a sculptor. She believes that the years of exploring various mediums and the recent focus on sculpture as a coming together of all the threads of creating she has spun through the years.

 

Born in Brockton, MA but raised in New York City, Victoria knew from age five that she wanted to be an artist. She pursued her dream by attending the High School of Art and Design and majoring in art at Hunter College. After college, the dream of being a full-time artist took a detour and a backseat to the realities of life and relationships. Throughout the detour she continued creating art.

 

Three years ago she began studying sculpting and bronze casting with sculptor, David Cumbie. In this short space of time, Victoria's career as a sculptor has blossomed. She creates sculptures on two parallel tracks: 1) traditional portraiture and figurative work and 2) conceptual art pieces.

 

Victoria's conceptual work reflects her fascination with the notion of "psychic wholeness" and how the inner world of our psyches and the outer world of society impact on achieving this wholeness. In her sculptures, Victoria's fearless use of recognizable idealistic icons and images disintegrate in front of the viewer, yet form, uncomfortably new and powerful combinations. Various sections of her pieces intrigue, pulling the viewer in close range and then surprising us with her social commentary on the contemporary human condition.

 

Disarming and thoughtful, Victoria's work explodes traditional western classical beauty with underlying currents that prod the viewer into reevaluating stereotypical situations of men and women today.

 

Victoria work has been exhibited in several juried shows, group exhibitions, and twice been selected to participate in the 1st Thursday events at the Orlando Museum of Art.

 

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