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Victor in the Studio

The Artist

50+ Years of Making Art

“We feel so privileged to own a giclée print by Victor Steven Rosenberg. He tells stories through his artistry. Depending on lighting, our Artist Proof of New Day tells us a vivid new story every day! And his use of dramatic color provides a focal point for guests to engage in and enjoy.” 

Eadie and John Gieb, Sahuarita, AZ

Art Statement

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.

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 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. 

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. 

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

Bill E.

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." 

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. 

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

Paul Heald, Seattle artist

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.

Victor and Sonny, The Javelina Project
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"[This] is what makes you a great artist. I always enjoy seeing your work ."

Elizabeth T-S, Mexico


Artists Who Have Influenced My Work