Diane Victor is a contemporary South African artist known for her drawings and prints that explore social injustice, war, and corruption. Made using charcoal and candle smoke, her portraits of missing children are among Victor’s most esteemed works. “The portraits are made with the deposits of carbon from candle smoke on white paper. They are exceedingly fragile and can be easily damaged, disintegrating with physical contact as the carbon soot is dislodged from the paper,” she explained. “I was interested in the extremely fragile nature of these human lives and of all human life, attempting to translate this fragility into portraits made from a medium as impermanent as smoke itself.” Born in 1964 in Witbank, South Africa, she went on to receive her BFA from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1986. Inspired by the chaotic scenes of Pieter Bruegel and Hieronymus Bosch, Victor’s practice aims at expressing her pessimism towards human society. The artist resides in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her works are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, among others. Solo Exhibitions 2013 No Country for Old Women Absa KKNK Oudtshoorn Festival artist. 2013 Benefit Auction Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg. 2013 Tom Waits for No Man show, curated by Gordon Froud, travelling exhibition. 2012 Ashes to Ashes and Smoke to Dust, University of Johannesburg (UJ) Art Gallery. 2012 Recent work, David Krut Projects, New York, USA. 2012 University of Pretoria staff exhibition AULA, University of Pretoria. 2012 This Place /displace, The George Bizos Foundation Benefit Auction, UJ Gallery, Johannesburg. 2011 Fables and Folly, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Iowa, USA. 2011 Contemporary prints from South Africa Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, USA. 2011 The butcher, the undertaker and the dealer, Absa KKNKOudtshoorn. 2011 Artists book show KKNK Sasol 2011 Brief lives, at halls abattoir Innibos Nelspruit civic center Festival artist. 2011 Collateral: printmaking as social commentary, Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, New Zealand. 2010 Transcend,Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg. 2010 Transgressing the page book art show, Potchefstroom University. 2010 Out of [south] Africa, printmaking show, Highpoint center for printmaking, Minneapolis, USA. 2010 Center for contemporary print residency exhibit CCP, Connecticut, USA. 2010 Smoke Screen: Fraility and Failing, David Krut Projects, Chelsea, New York, USA. 2010 Peek a boo, contemporary art from South Africa, Helsinki, Finland. 2010 1EEB4 international experimental engraving biennale, Romania. 2010 2010 Soccer World Cup exhibition, UNISA gallery, Pretoria. 2009 Woordfees Stellenbosh 2009 Art and Violence, SPIER, Stellenbosh. 2009 New work Fried contemporary, Pretoria. 2009 Lesotho, S.A High commission, Maseru, Lesotho.