Born in Los Angeles, California, vyktohria first became interested in digital art sometime around 1995 when her father gave her a CD package containing some new, up-and-coming computer software which at the time included Aldus Photostyler and KAI PowerTools. “I went home that day and created some silly little piece of a pair of eyes floating above the ocean. After that I was totally hooked.” A few years later a friend introduced her to Photoshop, and it was love at first sight. Her introduction to the 3D side of digital artistry happened around 2008 when she came across an ad in a magazine for Daz Studio software. “In the past, I had always been intimidated by 3D, thinking it was way too difficult to learn. But fascinated by its potential use in art, I decided to give it a try. Now I’m equally obsessed – if not more so – with all things 3D as well.” 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.
As an artist, 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.”
In addition to being a digital artist, vyktohria is currently a 3D content creator, writer, professional photographer and anthropologist. She has degrees in Creative Writing and Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Evolutionary Ecology. “At the end of the day, I am grateful to know all the things I am doing with my life are things I truly love and enjoy. Not many people can say that. I wake up every morning sincerely grateful to be one of the lucky ones who can.”
vyktohria is currently in the process of working on a second digital pin-up art book, as well as putting together her first blog which will examine contemporary cultural paradigms from an anthropological perspective. Meanwhile she continues to create her steampunk jewelry designs and coloring books for adults, which she sells alongside prints of her art at various Comic Cons across Texas. In her spare time she can be seen hanging out with friends, enjoying local bands and indulging in her foodie tendencies.