About VSR

The Deer Dancer II, 2001
48" x 60", acrylic on canvas
 
ORIGINAL SOLD
Giclée Prints available
Deer Dancer 2, 2002; 48" x 60", acrylic on canvas, Giclée prints available

Victor Steven Rosenberg's Resume

Art Website:    www.victorstevensart.com

 

FaceBook:  Victor Steven Rosenberg's Art

Public Collections

  • Chrysler Art Museum, Permanent Collection, Norfolk, VA 1976

  • Mint Art Museum, Curatorial Collection, Charlotte, NC 1987

  • Winthrop College, Permanent Collection, Rockhill, SC 1988

  • Saks Fifth Avenue, Corporate Collection, New York

 

Television

  • "Not Strictly a Painter", art therapy with disturbed teenagers, PBS Documentary, Seattle, WA 1971

  • "Top of the Day", interview with a painter in his studio, ABC TV, Charlotte, N.C. 1981

  • Advertisement on Tucson PBS station, Deer Dancer II is one of the pieces of art shown

 

Publications

  • "Art with a Punch", article in Creative Loafing, by John Rogers, 1989

  • “Artist as Explorer”, article in Arizona Collector’s Guide, 2007-2008, by Amy Steeby

  • Artist finds calling on edge of Sahuarita, The Green Valley News and Sun, Vol. 46, No. 20, March 14, 2012, by Dan Shearer

  • Artist finds calling on edge of Sahuarita, The Sahuarita Sun, Vol. 7, No. 10, March 14, 2012, by Dan Shearer

  • “Renowned Artist Resides in Sahuarita”, The Sahuarita Times, Vol. 14, No. 3, March 2012 

  • “Victor Stevens-Rosenberg”, article in Arizona Collector’s Guide, 2012-2013, by Roxanne Vise 

  • International Contemporary Artists, Vol. XI, 2016, p. 263.  ICA Publishing: New York, NY

  • Spotlight:  Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue XV, 2019, p. 84. Circle Foundation For the Arts: Lyon, France. 

Statements

  • "During the last twenty years his work has reflected the changing spirituality of the artist himself. His work is a coming together of the spiritual world and the physical world reflected in the natural grace of the primal mind," Bailey Shane Collier, writer

  • "The Paul Gauguin of the Northwest," Tom Robbins, author

  • "The greatest natural painter I've ever met," Paul Heald, Seattle artist

  • "The visionary Van Gogh of the Sonoran Desert," overheard at the Tubac Center of the Arts

  • “While some may say I am biased as Victor’s wife, I have lived with his art for over 25 years, never tiring of any of it.  His work breathes and lives on our walls, each day fresh and new, bringing something different to my life every time I look at a piece.  Sometimes his work is painful to look at because I experience what is happening in the image, e.g. The Sin Eater (2017).  With another piece, I can hear drums beating as feet pound the earth in dance while dust rises all around me in the dusk of a warm summer desert night, e.g., Deer Dancer I (1993-94). I never met Victor’s Mom, but know her well from a piece he painted for her early in his painting career.  Each time I look at Flowers for Mae (1968-72), I know her gentleness, her love of flowers, and the love her son had for her.  What more can we ask of art, but a living experience that changes each day depending on what we bring to it?”  Susanne Reed, wife, educator, photographer, writer

  • "Visionary art for those who can tell the difference," David Roe

 

 

Flowers for Mae.jpg

Flowers for Mae, 1968-1972

10 1/2" x 13 3/4", Watercolor/Gouache

ORIGINAL In The Collection of the Artist

Giclée Prints are Available

Honors

  • Purchase Award North West Annual, Clement Greenberg, Juror, Seattle 1969

  • Edmonds Art Festival, Juror's Choice, Edmonds, WA 1970

  • North West Water Color Society, Juror's Choice, Seattle, WA 1973

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, Award of Merit, Tubac, AZ Spring 1990

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, Award of Merit, Tubac, AZ, Fall 1990

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, Award of Merit, Tubac, AZ, Fall 1991

  • Church of the Beatitudes, Annual Competition, Phoenix, AZ 1991

  • Hundreds of collectors coast to coast, corporate and private, including: President Jimmy Carter....Author Tom Robbins....Spokesman David Hartman

  • Volunteer Award for Teaching Art at the AZ State Schools for the Deaf and Blind, Tucson, 1993

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, Best of Show, Tubac, AZ, Fall 1993

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac Festival of the Arts, Honorable Mention, Tubac, AZ, 1997

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, 39th Annual Showcase of the Arts, Honorable Mention, Tubac, AZ, Winter 1998

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, Members Show, Award of Excellence, Tubac, AZ, 1999

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, Arizona Aqueous XVIII, Award of Merit, Tubac, AZ, Spring 2003

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, Arizona Aqueous XXI, Honorable Mention of Merit, Tubac, AZ, Spring 2006

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, Arizona Aqueous XXII, Tubac, AZ, Spring 2007

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, Arizona Aqueous Signature Member, February 2007

Community Based Public Art Projects

Exhibition Credits

  • Quinta del Sol, One Man Show, Seattle, WA 1970

  • Omnus Gallery, One Man Show, Seattle, WA 1971

  • Ojai Art Center, One Man Show, Ojai, CA 1971

  • Johnson Home, One Man Show, La Conner, WA 1974

  • Abbenhouse Home, One Man Show, Seattle, WA 1975

  • Queens College Gallery, Two Man Show, Charlotte, NC 1983

  • Modern Primitive Art Gallery, Resident Artist, Charlotte, NC 1986

  • Congress St. Gallery, Resident Artist, Charlotte, NC, 1983

  • Stetter Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ 1990

  • Church of the Beatitudes, Annual Competition, Phoenix, AZ 1991

  • Knight Gallery, Spirit Square, Scheduled Exhibition of Sonoran Paintings, Charlotte, NC 1992

  • Karen Newby Gallery, Tubac, AZ 1992

  • A Southwest Gallery, Seattle, WA 1992

  • Sixth Congress Gallery, Tucson, AZ 1992

  • White Wolf Gallery, Resident Artist, Tucson, AZ 1993

  • The Living Gallery, One Man Show, Tucson, AZ 1994

  • Horse of a Different Color, Patagonia, AZ 1994

  • The Upper Gallery, One Man Show, Tucson, AZ 1995

  • Old Pueblo Gallery, One Man Show, Tucson, AZ June 1998

  • Invitation to participate in Euro-Art ’99, Barcelona, Spain October 1999

  • Member Show, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ 2003

  • Member Juried Show, Tubac Center of the Arts, AZ   2005

  • Old Pueblo Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2000-2007

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, ‘From Your Walls to Ours’, Tubac, AZ, Spring 2007

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, ‘Attitudes & Latitudes’, Members’ Show, Tubac, AZ Fall 2007

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “Arizona Aqueous XXII”, Tubac, AZ, Winter 2007

  • Victor Stevens Studio/Gallery, Tubac, AZ, working studio and finished work, 2007

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, 38th Members’ Juried Exhibition, Tubac, AZ Winter 2008

  • The Human Society of Southern Arizona, “We’ve Got Heart” Show, February 2008

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, ‘The Human Element’, Tubac, AZ, Spring 2008

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “The Forge and the Press”, Tubac, AZ, Fall 2008

  • Dry Heat Trading Company/Canyon Ranch Resort, Tucson, AZ, 2007-2010

  • L. A. Jewelry, Green Valley, 2009-2010

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “Arizona Aqueous Show XXIII”, signature member, Winter 2009

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “Open Studio Tour Preview”, Spring 2012

  • Tubac Center of the Arts Open Studio Tour participant at the Victor Stevens Studio/Gallery, Sahuarita, AZ, March 2012

  • Victor Stevens Studio and the Gallery in the Desert, Sahuarita, AZ, working studio and gallery showing finished work, giclées, and prints, 2012 to 2014

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “Open Studio Tour Preview”, Spring 2013

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “Open Studio Tour” participant at the Victor Stevens Studio/Gallery, Sahuarita, AZ, March 2013

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “Members Open Exhibit”, Fall 2013

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “Open Studio Tour Preview”, Spring 2014

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, "Open Studio Tour" participant at the Victor Stevens Studio/Gallery, Sahuarita, AZ , March 2014

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “Members Open Exhibit”, Fall 2014

  • Tubac Art & Gifts, gallery showing finished work, giclées, and prints, 2014 to present

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “Members Juried Exhibit 2014-2015”, Winter 2015

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “Open Studio Tour” participant at Tubac Art & Gifts, March 2015

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “Members Open Exhibit”, Fall 2015

  • Victor Steven Rosenberg Studio, Green Valley, AZ, showing finished work and prints, 2015 to present

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “Open Studio Tour” participant at Tubac Art & Gifts, March 2016 

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “Open Studio Tour” participant at Tubac Art & Gifts, March 2017

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, “Members Open Exhibit”, Fall 2017

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, "Members Juried Exhibit", Winter 2017-2018

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, "Open Studio Tour Preview Exhibit", Winter 2019

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, "Open Studio Tour" participant, Green Valley, AZ, March 2019

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, "Members Open Exhibit", Fall 2019

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, "Ex Voto Exhibit", Fall 2019

 

Hammer Head.jpg

Hammer Head, 1972

18" x 19 1/2", acrylic on canvas

ORIGINAL in the Collection of the Artist

Giclée Prints are Available

Artist Statement

     I attended the Cornish School of Fine Arts in Seattle, Washington, back in the sixties…painted in the northwest for eleven years…lived next to the Swinomish Reservation for three years…then moved to the Southeast and painted for another twelve years.  While visiting the Sonoran Desert in December 1989, I heard the desert calling me to move here and paint.  I now have a home and studio thirty minutes south of Tucson in a small community called Green Valley, right in the middle of the Sonoran.  The Sonoran has been a most powerful muse for me.  It is the first environment since the Northwest to have a tremendous impact on me…influencing my art through osmosis… the Sonoran Desert flows through me, offering its essence which becomes my vision. I have never celebrated so much color in my work until painting in the Southwest (the Sonoran).

 

     My subject matter is landscape, shamanic figures, animals, and the power I find in the land that reflects this beautiful place on earth.  I’ve been called a visionary, but it’s not true…I’m an explorer.  The adventure of art for me is to discover through materials a way to bring a new and different eye to an every day idea e.g., a Yaqui Deer Dancer or a Mountain Landscape.  To a certain degree I paint the way a Yaqui Deer Dancer appears however, my emphasis is to reach for the essence, the magic, the transformation, the unseen, the natural blending with the supernatural.  I know I always fall short of the mark.  However, I leave a record of my exploring, reaching, and aiming.  My goal is not to paint a picture but rather to paint a window into a universe often obscure from everyday eyes.  Sometimes I start with painting a very graphic image of the land, a person, an animal. Then, I negate the obvious to separate, distinguish, define, and discover.  I don’t seek because seeking implies one knows the image sought.  Instead, I eventually discover a vision, an essence, a secret waiting below the surface. I paint, paint until a little voice says, “Whoa!  Take a look, Victor.  It’s Father Kino.  It’s an angel. Then, if it calls for I refine the image, tighten the image, and bring the work into focus.  Now the paint is talking.  But words are not enough.  The painting must have a resonance, a depth that goes beyond words or pictures.  Then the work can leave the studio. 

 

     Making art for me is an act of wonderment and wonder is a large part of my religion. Within that wonder is the seat of my humility and having a relationship with the creator.

Medicine Dance on Black Mountain, 1994, 72" x 48", Giclée prints available
Medicine Dance on Black Mountain, 1994
72" x 48", acrylic on canvas
 
ORIGINAL SOLD 
Giclée Prints are available
Downloads of VSR's Resume and Articles About His Art
     The following link will provide a download of VSR's above resume, "VSR's Current Resume 2019".       
 
     Since coming to Arizona in 1990, a number of articles have been written about VSR and his art.  These are referenced in his resume above.  Here they are available for download.
 
     Among those is an article written for the Arizona Collectors Guide 2007-2008 by Amy Steeby, "Victor Stevens Studio/Gallery".
 
     Another article was written for the Arizona Collectors Guide 2012-2013 by Roxanne Vise, "Victor Stevens-Rosenberg".
     In 2012 Dan Shearer with the Green Valley News wrote an article about VSR entitled, "Artist Finds His Calling on the Edge of Sahuarita".  
     There is also an entry in the International Contemporary Artists 2015 edition about VSR entitled, "Victor Stevens-Rosenberg".
     There is an entry in Spotlight:  Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue XV, 2019, p. 84 that shows Victor's painting "The Stillness of Light" with a blurb about what influences his art. The page is entitled,  Victor Steven Rosenberg.