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ABOUT THE ARTIST

50+ Years of Making Art

"The greatest natural painter I've ever met,"

Paul Heald, Seattle artist

NORTHWEST

I attended the Cornish School of Fine Arts in Seattle, WA, which unzipped the outer shell of my family’s traditions and expectations.  I painted in the Northwest for 8 years.  The Northwest became the foundation for my journey as an artist.  I painted in a variety of places from a house on Capitol Hill in Seattle close to where I went to art school at Cornish School of Fine Arts, to a storefront close to downtown Seattle, to an old farmhouse in Skagit Valley without heat or many windows, to a waterfront studio/gallery where I lived in La Conner. In the Northwest my palate was limited, mostly blacks, grays, off-whites, and earth reds. 

Dragon Swan, 1974

Dragon Swan, 1974 

BY SOUTHEAST
White Wolf, 1983

I moved to the Southeast in 1977 and painted another 12 years.  When I moved to the Southeast, I began to explore with color, expanding the palate I was using, and I began exploring my own inner space, seeking, always seeking to discover a vision. 

White Wolf, 1983

Shaman's Robe

Shaman's Robe 

1980's

Shaman's Drum, 1987

Shaman's Drum, 1987

BY SOUTHWEST

While visiting the Sonoran Desert in 1989, I heard the desert call me.  I’ve been painting in the Southwest now for over 30 years.  The Southwest, in particular the Sonoran Desert, has been a powerful muse for me, influencing my art through osmosis, flowing through me, offering its essence which becomes my vision, and helping me celebrate color in my work. 

Sonoran Light One, 2003
Our Lady of the Sonoran, 1998

Our Lady  of the Sonoran

1998

Sonoran Light One, 2003

NORTHWEST

BY SOUTHEAST

BY SOUTHWEST

Dragon View, 2007

Three sensibilities, three different lights, three different environments; all synthesized into what I create today. 

Dragon View, 2007

Each environment added to my work, ever expanding

what I bring to each canvas. 

Tribal Elder, 2021
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Boot Canyon, AZ  
2018

Tribal Elder, 2021

"One of the best artists, I have ever known."

Bill E.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

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, to re-create nature not just copying or imitating what is seen, but by making visible what is not yet seen, discovering the unknown waiting below the surface where the paint talks to me and hopefully to you.

Red Fox, 2022

Red Fox, 2021

Deer Dancer 1, 1993-94

For example, take 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. 

Deer Dancer I, 1993-1994

 Although, I know I always fall short of the mark, 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. 

The Prophet, 2016

The Prophrt, 2016

Father Kino, 1990's

Father Kino, 1990's

Then, if it calls for it, I refine and tighten the image, bringing 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.  An 'X' Factor. Then the work can leave the studio. 

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 until a little voice says, “Whoa!  Take a look, Victor.  It’s Father Kino."  "It’s an angel." 

Monsoon Sunset Tianzi Mountains, 2019

Monsoon Sunset Over the Tianzi Mountains 

2019

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.

"[This] is what makes you a great artist. I always enjoy seeing your work ."

Elizabeth T-S

 

ARTISTS WHO HAVE INFLUENCED MY WORK 

"As a young artist in my formative years, dozens of painters in the past influenced me. As time went by those influences sink back into the subconscious and only when you dig deep into the history of the artist will you see those influences as subtle as that may be. "  

VSR, 2022

 

HONORS AND PUBLICATIONS

In 2019, I was asked to participate in the public art project, Javelinas de Tubac.  Click here for more information.

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I was also asked to participate in a website for artists called Artavita.  I currently have 5 images in my online portfolio with this site and a short artist statement.  

My work was juried into an international website for artists, Circle Foundation for the Arts.  I was one of the Featured Artists in Spring 2019.  The Circle Foundation also has a video presentation called "Profiles in Contemporary Art: Discover Remarkable Art" that includes my art.  See below.

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Circle Foundation for the Arts

My work was published in Circle Foundation for the Arts Spotlight Magazine, Issue 15 (page 84), below. The magazine, available both online and in high quality print, includes a unique selection of artists from around the world working in variety of media and curated together to tell the story of what art look likes today.  The best view of this is to click on the brackets in the lower right for full screen.

The painting , Monsoon Sunset Over the Tianzi Mountains, is on page 102 in the Circle Quarterly Art Review, Fall 2019, published by the Circle Foundation for the Arts.  See below.  The best view of this is to click on the brackets in the lower right for full screen.

CFA-ArtistoftheYear - Honorable Mention

HONORABLE MENTION

Artist of the Year Competition

January 2020

Circle Foundation for the Arts

I have been blessed! Thank you!

 

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITS 

"The art looks great and what a wonderful studio."

Patty, artist

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My Working Studio

Green Valley, AZ

 

(520) 399-1009

By Appointment

 

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MY RESUME

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 and Video

  • "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

  • "Profiles in Contemporary Art:  Discover Remarkable Art", Vol. 9, 2019, Circle Foundation for the Arts, https://vimeo.com/362784751

 

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. 

  • Circle Quarterly Art Review:  An Examination of Current Trends & Original Practices in Visual Art, Fall 2019, p. 102.  Circle Foundation for the Arts: Lyon, France.

Testimonials and 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

  • Your work really stands out to me,” Myrina Tunberg Georgiou, Director, Circle Foundation of the Arts 

  • “I saw some of your work online and I like it,” Diana Taylor, Assistant Curator, World Wide Art

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

  • Circle Foundation for the Arts, Honorable Mention, Artist of the Year, January 2020

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 2019

  • 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

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, ‘Open Studio Tour Preview Exhibit’, Winter 2020

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, ‘Open Studio Tour’ participant, Green Valley, AZ home studio, March 2020

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, 'Members' Open Exhibit', Fall 2020

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, 'Members' Juried Exhibit', Winter 2020-2021

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, 'Open Studio Exhibit',  Winter 2021

  • Tubac Center of the  Arts, 'Members' Open Exhibit', Fall 2021

  • Tubac Center of the Arts, 'Members' Juried Exhibit', Winter 2021

 
Downloads of VSR's Resume and
Articles About My Art

The following pdf link will provide a download of my above resume:    

Since coming to Arizona in 1990, a number of articles have been written about me and my art.  These are referenced in my resume above.  Here they are available for download.

An article written for the Arizona Collectors Guide 2007-2008 by Amy Steeby, "Victor Stevens Studio/Gallery".      

 

An article 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 me entitled, "Artist Finds His Calling on the Edge of Sahuarita".       

 

An entry in the International Contemporary Artists 2015 edition about me entitled,  "Victor Stevens-Rosenberg".     

 

An entry in Spotlight:  Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue XV, 2019, p. 84 that shows my painting "The Stillness of Light" with a blurb about what influences my art. The page is entitled,  Victor Steven Rosenberg.