Diane Victor is known for her drawings and prints that delve deep into the complexities of South African society. Always subtle, nuanced and provocative, her work explores the darker side of humanity. From corruption and inequalities to women’s ongoing social struggles, Victor challenges her audiences to face the inherent vulnerability of life.
Her graphic works, almost all in black and white, intelligently reference art history and mythology, while revealing her unrivalled mastery of printmaking and drawing. Victor’s insights and originality – she constantly explores new techniques and mediums such as ash and candle soot – have ensured her position at the forefront of the South African and international art scene for many years.
Spier Arts Trust will hold an exhibition of her work at the Old Wine Cellar from 18 February to 18 April 2023. Victor’s book, PRINT, DRAWINGS, SMOKE from French publishers Mare et Martin, will also be launched on the opening day of the exhibition. Featuring a selection of prints, drawings and smoke drawings, the book documents 40 years of the virtuoso’s career and provides a stylistic analysis of her work.
The exhibition is open to the public and entrance is free.
About the artist
Award-winning contemporary artist Diane Victor received her BA Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. At the age of 23, she won the 1987 SASOL New Signatures Award and, in the following year, she became the youngest recipient of the prestigious Volkskas Atelier Award, resulting in a 10-month residency at the Cité International des Artes in Paris.
Having created art, largely black and white drawings and prints commenting on South African society and politics for 40 years, Victor has exhibited her work all over the world and taken part in residencies in Poland, Vienna, USA and China. She has also held part-time lecturing roles at the University of Pretoria, Tshwane University of Technology, Open Window Academy, the University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University and the University of Johannesburg.
Date: 18 February to 18 April 2023
Opening times: Mon-Sun, 09h00–17h00
Venue: Old Wine Cellar, Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch
Art, like food and wine, is best shared, which is why Spier is such an enthusiastic supporter of African artists and their creations. Housing one of the largest contemporary collections in the country, we believe art has the power to teach and inspire, encouraging us all to engage openly with our world and each other. With such a thriving local artistic community and rich cultural heritage, we’re excited about the future of South African art.