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About the Artist

Lina Iris Viktor is a conceptual artist, performance artist, and painter. She lives and works between New York and London.

Raised in London to Liberian parents, she traveled extensively in her youth, also living in Johannesburg, South Africa for many years. The multi-disciplinary approach to her work, which weaves disparate materials and methods belonging both to contemporary and ancient art forms, calls into question the nature of time and being. Her works are a merging of photography, performance and abstract painting, along with the ancient practice of gilding with 24-karat gold to create increasingly dark canvases embedded with “layers of light” in the form of symbols and intricate patterns. Viktor regards these dark canvases to be “light-works”. Each provoke a philosophical commentary through material that at once addresses the infinite and the finite, immortality and mortality, the microcosm and macrocosm, in addition to the socio-political and historical preconceptions surrounding ‘blackness’ and its universal implications. 

Viktor’s multi-disciplinary practice is informed by a background in film which she studied at Sarah Lawrence College, and her continued studies within photography & design at The School of Visual Arts, along with an education in performance arts during high school. Viktor creates her own mythology as a painter, sculptor, photographer, and performance artist.

Artist CV




· Black Exodus: Act I, Amar Gallery, London, United





· Arcadia, Gallery 151, New York, NY







· Hopes Springing High: Gifts of African American Art, Crocker Museum, Sacramento, USA




· In-Significations, The Cooper Gallery, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; National Theatre Exhibition Hall, Lagos; In-Significations, National Theatre Exhibition Hall, Lagos, Nigeria; In-significations, Wifredo Lam Centre for Contemporary Art, Havana, Cuba



· Back Stories, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle, Washington



· As The Cosmos Unfolds, The Cob Gallery, London, United Kingdom



· Sisters of The Moon, Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, Kentucky



· Africa Forecast: Fashioning Contemporary Life, Spelman Museum of Fine Art, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia



· The Woven Arc, The Cooper Gallery, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts



· Hyperion, New York, NY



· Art of Jazz: Form, Performance, Notes, The Cooper Gallery & Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts



· Intangible Beauty: Beautiful Women & The Endless Void, Biennials, Kasher Potamkin, New York, NY




· 2017, On the Misconceptions of Blackness in Art and Painting with Pure Gold, Interview Short by Peter J. Rickards, The Root


· 2017, Lina Iris Viktor : As recommended by Architect David Adjaye, Wondereur Photo Documentary & Interview


· 2016, Afrofuturism: The Next Generation by Ruth LaFerla, The New York Times (December 14th, 2016)


· 2016, A Lesson in Formationism by Artistic duo Walter & Zoniel by Alexander Glover, i-D Art


· 2016, Reclaiming the Radical Power of Ornament in Art and Fashion by S Von Reynolds, i-D Think Piece


· 2016, On the Edgy of Blue Heaven by Rea Khoabane, The Times Art Section (South Africa)


· 2016, Art & Spirituality in The Digital Age by Milithusando Bongela, Mail & Guardian Arts Section


· 2016, Artists Dazzling Self-Portraits Explore the Cosmic Power of Gold by Priscilla Frank, The Huffington Post


· 2016, A creative conversation with Emma Gilhooly for CCQ Magazine, CCQ Art Journal / Issue 9


· 2016, 10 Female Artists of Color on the Rise by Jessica Stafford Davis, The Root


· 2016, Five Transcendental Young Black Artists in Contemporary Art by Christina Lee, Art Report Donations


· 2014, 30 Days 30 Artists, Visionaire





· 2009 School Of Visual Arts

Continuing Education (Photography, Cinematography)


· 2006 Sarah Lawrence College

BA (Film History & Film Production)

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