Biography:

Viktoria Romanova was born in Kharkov, Ukraine and grew up in Khabarovsk, USSR. Since her early age Viktoria was interested in fine art and music. Painting and drawing were everyday activities and she always wanted to be an artist. She received a B.F.A. from Art and Graphic Department of Pedagogical University of Khabarovsk in 1995. Her teaching career began in 1992 where she founded and operated a private art school “Rainbow” for children and young adults. In 2002, Viktoria moved to the United States where she had a chance to study her passion - Color. Between the years of 2009 - 2016, she studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA where she mainly  focused on  “Color and Light “ and “Color Composition."  While there, she completed a large project for Mee Industries Inc. that consists of a number of  paintings portraying urban landscapes and abstract compositions.

Viktoria exhibits her artwork in many galleries, museums and venues around Southern California that includes The Latino Art Museum, The Neutra Museum Gallery, Oceanside Museum of Art and The Senate’s 10th Biennial California Art Collection at the Capitol building in Sacramento. In 2018 Viktoria participated in the International Exhibition BIENNALE AUSTRIA “ Blue, bleu, blau, blu” in Wien. Currently  Los Angeles Art Association Gallery 825 represents her artwork.

Artist Statement:

I respond to beautiful color relationships and I am interested in a particular light key in a painting that expresses a certain mood. I work with the full palette because people see the world in the full color spectrum. Throughout the years, working with paper collages, geometry became the way to simplify shapes and to be as direct as possible. Currently, I do the same type of work, except without paper and scissors, only using oil and brushes directly on canvas. I use a thin paint application with hard edges and I eliminate texture completely in order to let the color be the main focus. The excitement of experimentation has always been a motivating force. I am not, strictly, a studio artist because in order to go deep into colors, it is important to work outdoors. I believe that only under natural light conditions the most magical color and light discoveries can be made.

In 2016 I started a new series of figurative work on paper " Angels and Demons ". The street life the way it is, with some characters that you might know or met before: musicians, beggars, thieves, mentally ill and homeless people.  This truth is not very pretty and it looks like that nothing we can do about it and that is the reason why I decided to capture those moments.  They are my worries and nightmares, we have to talk more about our problems to be able to solve them. They are mostly black and white drawings that I do with a brush. This type of work is addressing a transition from a drawing to a painting. My color palette is very limited here and in this case I decided to use some gold, silver and glitter. It is mostly linear work with a few flat color masses that I like to keep for compositional reasons. Some patterns, symbols, words and numbers are making a perfect sense here, our streets are full of them - that is how we can communicate!