White (no.2), 36" x 48", oil on canvas, 2009
Born in Poland, Viktor Witkowski lived in Germany, France, and the U.S. before moving to Vermont where he teaches, makes art, and writes on Same Old Art.
Viktor earned a Master's Degree in Art Education, Art History and Studio Art from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (HBK Braunschweig, Germany) in 2006 and a MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University in 2010.
In my studio practice I rely on extensive visual and written research. My paintings and videos generally address questions surrounding the representation of history, displacement, political conflict and violence. My work is driven by a deeply personal agenda: after martial law had been lifted in Poland in 1983, my parents decided to flee to what used to be West Germany in order to escape uncertainty and oppression. Ultimately, my work shows that politics and history are anything but theoretical constructs. On the contrary, these conditions affect people's minds, hearts and everyday lives.