There are two sides to everyone: the “real” person that resides deep down inside of each of us, and the “mask” we wear for the rest of the world to see. Many are afraid to explore that inner self, because it is a side born of pain and suffering and disappointment. Fear of getting lost and losing control over it keep these darker experiences suppressed. With my art, I want to bring that darkness to light. I want people to step out of their comfort zones and realize they’re not alone in their suffering. I want them to think. I want them to feel. I want them to stop being afraid and realize that ultimately it is the darkness has helped shape who they’ve become.
I use my experience in B&W photography and theatrical lighting to create dramatic atmospheres that play with shadows and light to illustrate the dichotomy that exists in each of us. Using a combination of 3D programs and Photoshop, I use echos of symbolism to blend the disturbing with the comforting. My goal is to inspire people and to help them see the beauty of the darkness while remaining grounded in the light.
Born in Los Angeles, California, vyktohria’s work is strongly influenced and inspired by abstract and surreal art, particularly the works of Salvador Dali. “I think what affects me most about surreal and abstract art is how the images transcend language. When you look at these pieces of art, you can’t help but have an immediate emotional reaction to it. Emotions – passions – are what drive me in this world.” Other sources of inspiration come from an almost obsessive addiction to great pin-up artists like Olivia, Vargas and Elvgren. “Pin-up art is interesting to me on several levels. Of course there’s the superficial level that consists of scantily-clad girls with beautiful body lines, but more importantly, pin-up art represents the embodiment of female sensuality and sexuality. It is a raw force like none other, and its power has never been more perfectly channeled than through that of the classic pin-up.”
Motivated by an intrinsic desire to contribute something beautiful and lasting to the world, vyktohria is completely self-taught and her interests in digital art continue to grow. Never setting limits on the boundaries of her knowledge, she is always looking for new things to learn about the art world and digital art creation.