Victoria Kitanov is a Sydney-based artist and portrait sculptor with a love of lifelong learning, a passion for art, and a fascination with Australian maritime heritage. There is a storytelling quality to Victoria’s works on paper which demonstrates her strong drawing skills and roots in the field of illustration.
Victoria’s creative career commenced in commercial art and graphic design before moving into the publishing world as an illustrator for Ashton Scholastic in the early 1980s.
Going freelance in 1984 launched Victoria’s career as a children’s book illustrator with Arabella the Smallest Girl in the World by Mem Fox (1985), and The Terrible Wild Grey Hairy Thing by Jean Chapman (1986).
Between 1990 – 1997 Victoria was nominated by Angus & Robertson Publishers as the approved re-illustrator of May Gibbs classic gumnut babies. During this period, Victoria also created hand-painted protoype figurines of Gibbs’ classic Gumnuts & Blossom babies and other merchandise to support the work of the charities nominated as beneficiaries to the May Gibbs™ legacy: The NSW Society for Crippled Children and The Spastic Centre of NSW (now The Northcott Society and The Cerebral Palsy Alliance respectively).
By the late 1990s Victoria left illustration to continue tertiary studies in History at The University of Sydney, a career in the Library and Information industry, and later the Australian Public Service in Canberra. In the mid-2000’s Victoria was employed by the Royal Australian Navy as Information Manager & Library Officer for Sea Power Centre – Australia.
Relocating to Sydney in 2016, Victoria contributed her archival, cataloguing & hands-on skills to the Royal Australian Navy’s Heritage Collection. Her first marine paintings: The Boatman: Portrait of Gary Richardson (2016) and The Master Modeller: Portrait of David Glasson (2017) were inspired during this period, with both works making a debut in February 2017 at the My State Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart, Tasmania.
In 2015 Victoria founded Entrée to Arts Pty Limited which aims to inspire and assist others through creative exploration, Victoria Kitanov Fine Art in 2018, and is an Exhibiting Member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists.