Diane Victor is an artist of uncompromising directness but with a strange quietness in her nature who tackles pressing issues - personal and social violence to racial anxiety, corruption, gender inequality, economic exploitation and social commentary - in the new contemporary South African landscape post-apartheid.
In 1986, she graduated with a BA Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She grew up as an only child on a small farm in Midrand and used drawing as a means to express herself. “I’m not a words person at all, I have a general mistrust for words and I find that I cannot use them in the same way I can use mark or line,” Victor explains.
In 1988, Victor became the youngest recipient of the prestigious Volkskas Atelier Award (now known as the Absa L’Atelier Award) which allowed her to experience the European art scene in France, England and Germany. The historical art and architecture had a huge visual impact on her art. But Victor always chose to stick with the imagery she knows and feels, that of the South African society.
Her works have been used in high school curriculums and she has won numerous awards. She has exhibited widely within South Africa and overseas and her work can be seen in leading South African corporate, state and private collections as well as in international collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.