Born in Russia, Viktor is Professor of Painting and Drawing at the Art School in Munich. His art work is, as can be imagined, an exercise in technical virtuosity. As a teacher he is well versed in manipulating paint and colour whether with brush or knife, to exemplary effect. One example is “Italienisches Stillleben”, painted in oils. A rich melange of hues with an unusual palette of Naples yellow, saturated mauves and Prussian blue, Viktor uses the blue to create shadows and reflections throughout the piece, scraped across in a fashion not unlike Gerhard Richter’s large scrapered abstracts. This method of paint application allows the colours beneath to show through giving a vibrant shimmering effect despite the sombre background.