Victoria Selbach

United States 1960


Victoria Selbach
Victoria Selbach
United States
November 23, 2014

Victoria Selbach is an American painter, best known for her highly contrasted nudes of women, depicting playful interaction between the light and shadow, and the muse.

Born in Pittsburgh in 1960, Victoria has been drawn to faces from an early age, highly aware of characteristics and anomalies that bring individuality to certain characters. She traces her artistic style back to the religious artworks she come across as a child, growing up Catholic. ‘The heavy laden creepiness intrigued my imagination and curiosity. Their stark contrast to my sunny cheery childhood hinted at something darker, more adult, something to be feared and yet drawn to. They had an ability to pull the viewer in, to create a desire to know the emotion, to experience empathy’, as Victoria states.

Victoria studied drawing and pastel at the Carnegie Mellon Museum of Pittsburgh and continued on to art classes at Carnegie Mellon University. Her years at CMU provided a broad range of course work including drawing from live models and studying anatomy at the Pitt Medical School Morgue. Afterwards, she moved to New York City and graduated from Parsons School of Design with a degree in Fashion Design.

Describing her work as intimate and sensual merging of empathy and paint, women on her paintings are stripped bare of pretense, revealing a deeply personal identity in the light of one unique moment. The subjects are revealed slowly and barely, as the light weaves through the figure, creating depth and announcing volume, illuminating the emotion beneath the surface. The architecture of the piece is created by stark geometry of light and dark, giving it an interesting graphical note, fighting for dominance over the human form.

Citing artists from Diego Rivera to Jenny Saville as influences, a strong conviction that women are beautiful as they are remains at the core of Selbach’s artistic mission. Showing women as they truly are, most of Selbach’s models appear in everyday, domestic settings, sitting by the window or glancing in the mirror. For the most part they feel unposed, adjusting their hair or scratching their neck, portraying visual strength and subtle inner beauty. Not stripped of their personalities or manipulated for a fantasy or metaphor, the power of lifting the veil from individuals helps to challenge society’s darker fetishes and beliefs and shatter notions of prejudice and stereotypes.

Victoria has traveled extensively abroad, indebted to all the amazing faces that have fascinated and inspired her. A love of sketching faces and painting family and friends continually enriched her artistic expression. Selbach’s work has shown in New York and nationally including the Heckscher Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of American Art and the Tullman Art Collection. Work can be seen currently through Dacia Gallery in NYC and Sirona Fine Art in Florida.

Victoria lives and works in New York City.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014The Black and White ShowDacia Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2014Motis in FigurisDacia Gallery, New York, NY Group
2014Women of the World, Hutchins GalleryCW Post College, Brookville, NYGroup
2014An Evening of Art & FlowersSirona Fine Art, Hallandale Beach, FLGroup
2014Summer ShowF.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2014Long Island BiennialHeckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NYGroup
2014Inaugural ExhibitionSirona Fine Art, Hallandale Beach, FLGroup
2014Woman Of The WorldHutchins Gallery, Brookville, NY Group
2013Titans ShowcaseHempstead House, Sands Point, NYGroup
20133 Year Anniversary ExhibitionDacia Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013Women Painting WomenRichard J Demato Gallery, Sag Harbor, NYGroup
2013Art of the Figure Juried by Philip PearlsteinGallery North, Setauket, NYGroup
2013LandscapesDacia Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013From Motion to StillnessZhou B Art Center, Chicago, ILGroup
2013Single Fare 3RH Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012Holiday Group ExhibitionDacia Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012Faces and Figures: Victoria Selbach and Joshua Ross-WaldmanSt. Josephs College, NYGroup
2012Grace in the LightDacia Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2012100 DegreesWally Workman Gallery, Austin, TXGroup
2012One Hundred DollarsLittlefield Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2012Up From The DeepTNC Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012The Butler Institute of American Art76th National Midyear Show, Youngstown, OHGroup
2012Art in the AvenueCrave, Greenwich, CTGroup
2012Long Island BiennialHeckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NYGroup
2012Scottsdale Salon of Fine ArtsLegacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZGroup
2012Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st CenturyArt Center of Clatsop, Astoria, ORGroup
20122012 Collectors ChoiceSylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CAGroup
2011Six Summit SalmagundiG2, Gaslight, NYGroup
2011Bordello NudesHempstead House, Sands Point Preserve, NYGroup
2011Buy What You LoveMarianne Boesky Gallery, NYGroup
2011Single Fare 2: Please Swipe AgainSloane Fine Art, NYGroup
2011Mixed Gallery Artists ShowRichard J. Demato Gallery, Sag Harbor, NYGroup
2010Woman: Portraits and NudesBNH, NYSolo
2010Faces and FiguresMartha de Groot, Port Washington, NYGroup
2010NudesRichard J. Demato Gallery, Sag Harbor, NYGroup
2010Intimate PerspectiveMuroff Kotler Gallery, Ulster, NYGroup
2010Artists Against AbuseRoss School, East Hampton, NYGroup
2010The RetreatRichard J. Demato Gallery, Sag Harbor, NYGroup