Victor, Diane
Born in 1964 in Witbank, South Africa. Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa
A printmaker and etcher by craft, Diane Victor produces elegiac portraits that speak to the political inequalities and social complexities of South Africa. Issues pertaining to racial anxiety and sexual repression are continually revisited in her works. Delivering an acerbic political and social commentary through impeccable draughtsmanship, Victor’s works make incisive reflections on the human condition. Victor was the subject of TAXI-013 from the David Krut Publishing TAXI Art Book series, to which Burning the Candle at Both Ends (2012) followed. This was published to coincide with Victor’s two-part exhibition Ashes to Ashes and Smoke to Dust at the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery (2011–12). In 2012, a spell working in the US culminated in a second solo exhibition at David Krut Projects, New York. Victor's works are held by the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the New York Public Library; Baltimore Museum of Art; and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Diane Victor, Separating One’s Sheep from One’s Goats VI, 2012, Carbon from smoke on paper, 66 x 51 cm / 26 x 20 in, Courtesy David Krut Projects