Victor Nizovtsev was born in Russia and studied at the Ilia Repin College for Art in Chisinau, Moldavia and the Vera Mukhina University for Industrial Arts in St. Petersburg. He now lives in the U.S. in Maryland.
His paintings have some of the narrative character of Golden Age children’s book illustration, and draw on influences from Art Nouveau, Symbolism and other 19th century painters (in particular John Singer Sargent’s Carnation, Lily, Rose), but have a contemporary feel.
His subjects include repeated dream-like themes of mermaids, floating lanterns, colorful jesters, playing card kings and queens, storybook villages and playful children.
These are arranged in seemingly narrative compositions and portrayed in vibrant color with wonderful elements of texture, at times reminiscent of Gustav Klimt’s decorative textural areas.
Victor breathes life into each work inviting the viewer into the painting as a separate universe, one filled with boldness, energy and rich hues.