Artist wearing a black top with jewellery staring away from the camera in front of rock

Lina Iris Viktor

Ancient iconographies in opulent palettes ask what light and dark might really mean.

“I feel that I have a mandate as an artist to not only make things that resonate with people on an aesthetic level, but also to address socio-political conversations.”

Viktor is a multi-disciplinary artist known for her opulent compositions that juxtapose deep black and lapis against thick, 24-karat gold-leaf. With a background in theatre and film, she combines painting, photography and performance to create arresting portraits of powerful women. The works reference ancient histories from multiple empires that existed across Central and West Africa and are also...

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Lina Iris Viktor was raised in the UK by Liberian parents, and now divides her time between London and Italy.


An interest in astrophysics, dark matter and the manifold connotations of gold inform the artist’s expansive practice. This academically-grounded approach has seen Viktor deliver numerous high-profile guest lectures and talks - North Carolina Museum of Art, New York University, Columbia and Harvard to name a few.

At auction

In 2021 Constellations III – an original painting in 24 karat gold, acrylic and gouache – was purchased in a Phillips auction for $270,000 USD.

Collaborations with Lina Iris Viktor