Bio: As a figurative ceramist Victoria Pitel employs paper clays as her means of expression, merging culture and history with the female form. South African born, she traveled Africa and Europe as a young adult settling in Australia in 1999. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree with Curtin University of Technology in 2009 and soon after was inspired to return to her lifelong passion for ceramics. She completed her Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts specializing in Ceramics at the North Coast Institute of Tafe in NSW in 2015. The following year Victoria completed her Honours Degree at Southern Cross University NSW where she used her experience of migration in her research project. Identifying as a ‘hybrid’ Victoria is inspired by merging animal and human forms as an expression of ‘third space’; a place people find themselves when transitioning from one place to another.
Parallel to her studies Victoria has steadily developed her art practice. In 2003 she was contracted by Hands on Art to facilitate a collaborative project, producing multiple outdoor sculptures for the Brisbane River-Kids Festival, for two consecutive years. She has participated in multiple group shows, winning First Prize for Sculpture in the ‘2015 Serpentine Art Prize’ for, ‘Hanna in Boots’ (2014), and held her first solo exhibition, ‘Note to Self’ (2015) at Silvercloud Studios in Lismore NSW.
At the end of 2015 Victoria founded Northern Rivers Online Art Gallery (nroag), an online platform offering local artists worldwide exposure in the creative arena. She lives on a community in the hills of Nimbin, sharing her land with Australia’s wild life and her home with her animals. Based at Silvercloud Studios in Lismore NSW, Victoria continues to develop her art practice whilst entering awards, prizes and competitions. Ongoing involvement in her community, sees her taking on consignments, facilitating workshops and teaching ceramics.