Victoria Albuquerque was born in London in 1969. One of her first memories was being wrapped in a bundle and introduced to the waters of England by being part of her parents’ passion for sailing.
After a career as an architect Victoria found herself a mother of two children in the countryside of Sussex. She moved to a house where every room had an uninterrupted view over the rolling hills of the South Downs and she spent the early years of motherhood sitting inside the countryside, this felt like being inside her bundle of blankets on her childhood boats; cocooned, enriched, blown and alive by the weather. This reignited her love for being out in nature but this time learning about litchen, trees, hills, topography, grasses, wild meadows, cattle, sheep, bracken, owls, rabbits, soil and deer.
In 2011 Victoria set herself up as an artist. She has worked with paint, embroidery, photography and sculpture, always with the intent on communicating and explaining her experiences and connections with her surroundings.
She has a mix of artistic styles, but always interested in the composition, decomposition, colour and form of her work. It is important to her that there is a rhythm and depth to her paintings, encouraging you to draw your eyes across the surface, exciting the eyes and the mind. Her most recent work translates the energy of the subject through mark making and abstracting, exploring the depth of colours, both reflected and hidden. Currently she is attending classes with Andy Pankhurst, a Slade and Royal Academy teacher, who trained under Euan Uglow.
The aim of this teaching is to get a better understand about colour, she is only painting with a reduced palette of colours, training her eye to see warm and cool, shade, tones and weight of colour. This work is only using the subject of the figure.
She has shown her work in joint and solo shows, worked with galleries and privately, curating art shows, selling work locally and internationally. Accepted work for the Towner Gallery 2015, 2016, 2017 and a finalist for the Royal Academy Summer exhibition 2015, 2016.
Victoria Albuquerque 2018