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.
|2014||The Black and White Show||Dacia Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2014||Motis in Figuris||Dacia Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2014||Women of the World, Hutchins Gallery||CW Post College, Brookville, NY||Group|
|2014||An Evening of Art & Flowers||Sirona Fine Art, Hallandale Beach, FL||Group|
|2014||Summer Show||F.A.N. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2014||Long Island Biennial||Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY||Group|
|2014||Inaugural Exhibition||Sirona Fine Art, Hallandale Beach, FL||Group|
|2014||Woman Of The World||Hutchins Gallery, Brookville, NY||Group|
|2013||Titans Showcase||Hempstead House, Sands Point, NY||Group|
|2013||3 Year Anniversary Exhibition||Dacia Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2013||Women Painting Women||Richard J Demato Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY||Group|
|2013||Art of the Figure Juried by Philip Pearlstein||Gallery North, Setauket, NY||Group|
|2013||Landscapes||Dacia Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2013||From Motion to Stillness||Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2013||Single Fare 3||RH Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2012||Holiday Group Exhibition||Dacia Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2012||Faces and Figures: Victoria Selbach and Joshua Ross-Waldman||St. Josephs College, NY||Group|
|2012||Grace in the Light||Dacia Gallery, New York, NY||Solo|
|2012||100 Degrees||Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, TX||Group|
|2012||One Hundred Dollars||Littlefield Gallery, Brooklyn, NY||Group|
|2012||Up From The Deep||TNC Gallery, New York, NY||Group|
|2012||The Butler Institute of American Art||76th National Midyear Show, Youngstown, OH||Group|
|2012||Art in the Avenue||Crave, Greenwich, CT||Group|
|2012||Long Island Biennial||Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY||Group|
|2012||Scottsdale Salon of Fine Arts||Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ||Group|
|2012||Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century||Art Center of Clatsop, Astoria, OR||Group|
|2012||2012 Collectors Choice||Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA||Group|
|2011||Six Summit Salmagundi||G2, Gaslight, NY||Group|
|2011||Bordello Nudes||Hempstead House, Sands Point Preserve, NY||Group|
|2011||Buy What You Love||Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY||Group|
|2011||Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again||Sloane Fine Art, NY||Group|
|2011||Mixed Gallery Artists Show||Richard J. Demato Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY||Group|
|2010||Woman: Portraits and Nudes||BNH, NY||Solo|
|2010||Faces and Figures||Martha de Groot, Port Washington, NY||Group|
|2010||Nudes||Richard J. Demato Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY||Group|
|2010||Intimate Perspective||Muroff Kotler Gallery, Ulster, NY||Group|
|2010||Artists Against Abuse||Ross School, East Hampton, NY||Group|
|2010||The Retreat||Richard J. Demato Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY||Group|