Victoria Rios is a self-taught artist, born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was here that she learned about art at a very young age from her late mother, Monna Franks. Monna was an art enthusiast, supporter of local talent and possessed a deep appreciation and affection for Louisiana primitive artists, for which she was an avid collector of artists such as Clementine Hunter and Mc 5cent Jones.
Through the experiences and influence while accompanying her mother on many art seeking excursions, Victoria began to dabble in sketch, pastels and painting. Victoria embraced these experiences, engaging with working artists along the way. Garnering inspiration from informal study under some of her favorite artists, Victoria has evolved as a painter in mixed media.
Her work is wide in breadth and ranging in figurative, portrait, nudes, still life, animals, traditional landscape, abstract landscape, and broad abstract. She works in acrylic and oils, often applying metallic elements, gold leaf, purposeful texture (like natural sand and rock) semiprecious stones, broken glass and crystals (most of which she has personally collected).
Victoria has been known to work with unusual tools to craft her works, such as old dry brushes, syringes, scalpel knives, baking tools, small gardening tools and personal grooming tools. Like many artists she produces work through phases; such as tree, psychedelic landscapes, and portrait phases. She is currently in an abstract phase.
Victoria has informally apprenticed under many artists. However the three who inspired and mentored her most are Debbie Ungersault (portrait), Lani Liuzza (landscape) and Ashley Palmer (abstract).
Victoria has dedicated most of her life to the arts as either a volunteer, supporter, philanthropist, or collector. She has served on boards and chaired numerous events on behalf of the art communities she has called home. These include the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, ArtSpace, ArtSMART, Arts in Education, and ARTBreak, and the Newport Art Museum, where she has served on the NAM Board of Trustees and collection committee. Additionally, she served as chairman for WetPaint, a summer weekend fundraiser held every year in Newport, Rhode Island.
Although she is self-studied, jury experience is another element of the art world Victoria has enjoyed over the years via a number of exhibitions.
This spring Victoria will be transitioning to a focused study of birds, commencing with the hawk.
Hawks are of significant importance to her since losing her brother and only sibling, Dean Franks, who died in May, 2018. He was a husband, father, art lover, successful business owner, hunter, fisherman and a beloved friend. As an avid outdoorsman he would admit that the woods were his church and where he felt closest to God. Victoria honors her brother through her work at her studio at the Goldmark Cultural Center- Dean Hawk Art.
Proceeds from every piece sold are donated to The Dean Hawk Project with a mission to help others recognize, the silent but deadly, little white flags that sadly and often go unacknowledged until it too late. #knowwhiteflags
Victoria lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband of 23 years, Julio Rios and their two chocolate labs, Crouxz and Captain. Victoria and Julio are avid and passionate art collectors. They have two beautiful daughters Catherine and Caroline.
Most days Victoria can be found creating away at the Goldmark, while classic rock blares loudly in the Dean Hawk. She welcomes visitors, and loves to talk with art enthusiasts ...that is if you can get her to turn down the volume-so if her door happens to be shut, knock loudly!!!
Studio 134/Bldg. 14001