Selected Works

Missing Children Series (Sacmec): Smoke Portrait XI, 2005/2006
Smoke on paper (framed)
58,5 x 42cm
Dustman, 2010
Dust on paper
150 x 94.5 cm
Birth of a Nation Series: Mithras: The bull-killing, 2010
Charcoal and sepia wash on paper
95 x 140 cm
Transcend series V, 2010
Ash and charcoal dust drawing
200 x 115 cm
Rain Horse, 2010
Ash and charcoal dust drawing with digital printing
106 x 200cm
Shelf-life (Leeches), 1995
Pencil and charcoal on paper
150 x 100 cm
Speak No Evil, 2016
Smoke on glass in found frame
126 x 119 x 6 cm
Kitsune, boating in a storm, 2017
Maniere noire stone lithograph
Work: 31 x 40 cm
Practicing Saint, 2017
maniere noire stone lithograph
Image: 29 x 23 cm Paper: 43 x 34.5 cm
Ships in the Night , 2017
maniere noire stone lithograph
Paper: 41 x 35 cm
Incident report (Union Buildings), c.1993
charcoal and pastel on paper
Work: 100 x 150 cm
After the Fact, 2018
Carbon on glass
Work: 172.5 x 129.5 x 14 cm
Bad Word – Swine, 2018
Smoke on paper
Frame: 82.5 x 62.5 x 3.5 cm Work: 69.5 x 49.5 cm
The Little Side Show, 2018
Carbon on glass
Work: 126 x 272.5 x 6 cm
He shows the little woman, 2018
Work: 40.5 x 56.5 cm
Wound Couple, 2017
Charcoal on paper
Work: 54 x 79 cm
The Trial, 2018
Charcoal on paper
Work: 129 x 157 cm
Sweeping the Table, 2018
Etching and charcoal on paper
Work: 123 x 82.7 cm


Diane Victor (b. 1964 in Witbank, South Africa) has established herself as a major figure in the South African and International art communities and is renowned for her expert printmaking and draughtsmanship. Victor positions herself within the South African art scene through her bold confrontations with difficult and at times taboo subject matter. Her large scale drawings and etchings demonstrate a command of mark-making, which she uses to render her subjects in affecting detail. At times, her work seems to pose challenges to social and political life in contemporary South Africa, considering issues of corruption, violence and an unequal power distribution.

Having received her BA Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, with a major in Printmaking, and graduating with distinction – Victor has gone on to win various prestige awards including the Sasol New Signatures Award in 1987. In 1988, Victor became the youngest recipient of the prestigious Volkskas Atelier Award which granted her a ten-month stay at the Cité Internationale des Artes in Paris, France. Over this period, Victor was able to work collaboratively with other experienced printmakers and to observe and reflect on a society very different from her own.

Victor has exhibited at numerous venues around South Africa and internationally, some of which include the UNISA Gallery, Fried Contemporary, MoMA New York, Faulconer Gallery, The Highpoint Center for printmaking, The Gus Fisher Gallery, National Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Yale University Art Gallery, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, and Australia and Adelaide Central Gallery. Victor’s work is part of a number of important collections, including Sasol, Pretoria Art Museum, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Durban Art Museum and Santam.

Since 1990, Victor has been a lecturer, teaching Fine Art, at various South African institutions including the University of Pretoria, Tshwane University of Technology, Open Window Academy, the University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University and the University of Johannesburg.

Victor lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. At present, she is a senior Fine Art lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Visual Art.