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Liberian Multi-Talented Artist Lina Iris Viktor Is Creating Mythologic Work

December 20, 2018

Lina Iris Viktor is a conceptual artist, performer, painter, and she works itinerantly between New York and London. Being raised in London by her Liberian parents, Lina travelled a lot in her youth, and eventually also lived in Johannesburg, South Africa for many years.

Viktor’s multi-talents are actuallly a background that she be earning throughout the years of studying; she studied film and later continued with photography and design at The School of Visual Arts, along with an education in performance arts during high school.

She creates her own tales and mythology with her exquisite methodes and reduced color palettes. Every piece of art created by Viktor, addresses the infinite and finite, questions about mortality and the cosm, and eventually adds to the historical and socio-political preconceptions of being black and all what comes along with it.

Viktor works gladly in a limited world, which by her imagination is rather puristic and minimalist. Her perfectionist color palette, her scientific and mathematical principles seems to settle a divine rhythmus around her work.

Viktor works inter-disciplinary on her arts, and she combines not only methodes but also materials, than can be both ancient and contemporary. Her work merges photography, abstract painting, performance, along with the ancient practice of gilding with 24-karat gold to create increasingly dark canvases embedded with layers of light in the forms of symbols.

Viktor has exhibited at Harvard Art Museums and The Cooper Gallery, Harvard University, Boston; The Kentucky Museum of Arts & Craft, Louisville; and Spelman Museum of Fine Art, Spelman College, Georgia. Viktor has engaged in critical talks, panels & lectures at Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Harvard University, New York University, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), King’s College London, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Autograph ABP.