Victoria Pitel is a South African born, Australian artist of Australian and British heritage. She grew up in Kwa Zulu Natal and currently lives in the Northern Rivers of NSW. Her engagement with local African culture throughout her childhood influences her arts inquiry with a focus on the human condition. Her concern with culture and migratory patterns are investigated and explored within her work.
Victoria is a practicing figurative ceramist with an Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts NSW, a Degree in Visual Art from Curtin University WA and Honours from Southern Cross University NSW. Since 2009 Victoria has been exhibiting in Australia, with her recent solo exhibition held at the Lismore Regional Gallery NSW in 2018. Her work has been presented in a number of festivals, awards, and competitions, one of which she won first prize in sculpture in 2015. Her love of traveling and interest in cultures has led to her living and visiting over nine countries, as well as traveling within Australia.
Victoria has a long-standing history in education and community involvement in the arts, having taught ceramics to people with disabilities, primary children and adults in South Africa, QLD and NSW. She is a member of the Australian Ceramics Association, participating in the Open Studios event held annually across Australia. Victoria’s work is held in collections in NSW and Cape Town and her works have been featured in the Artists Portfolio Magazine.