Born in New York City in 1953, Victoria Sivigny has resided in Connecticut over the past five decades. Access to the mystery and beauty of nature as a child, through exploration of water company protected land preserves near her home in North Branford, nurtured her lifelong love of the outdoors and nature. As a shy child, the artist found the nearby woods a mysterious retreat to be explored, and a magical place which sparked her imagination. Childhood summers with her maternal grandmother and great aunts on Shinnecock Bay at the east end of Long Island reinforced her connection to nature and the arts. Time spent with these women, each with their own creative gifts, influenced Sivigny’s imaginative and creative experiences at a young age.
Sivigny has participated in numerous art workshops, art history courses, professional art business seminars, as well as a variety of artistic retreats, and continues to be motivated to learn as much as possible about contemporary visual art and new creative processes. Since retiring in 2009 from a career in the field of mental health administration, she now devotes her time to creating, exhibiting and selling her artwork. From 2009 to 2014, Sivigny participated in a monthly independent study and critique group in West Hartford, as well as maintaining memberships in artist cooperatives.
Sivigny has been exhibiting her art since 2009 and her work has appeared in over 70 juried statewide, regional, national and international exhibitions, as well as having her work recognized with numerous awards. Temple of the Soul was awarded Second Prize at the New Britain Museum of American Art Annual Members’ Exhibition in 2012. Galleries include Slater Memorial Museum, Mattatuck Museum, Ely Center for Contemporary Art in New Haven, Guilford Art Center, Mystic Art Center, Stamford Loft Artists Association, ArtSpace Hartford, Canton Fine Art Gallery, The Golden Thread Gallery, West Hartford; Spectrum Gallery & Six Summit Gallery in Essex, Arts Center East, and the University of Connecticut campuses at Storrs and Stamford. Sivigny holds elected memberships in Connecticut Women Artists, West Hartford Art League, Guilford Art League and New Haven Paint and Clay Club.
A daily Svaroopa yoga, pranayama, and meditation practice, as well as Sivigny’s experience as a Usui Reiki Master, inform, support, and compliment her overall creative philosophy. Sivigny believes her artistic practice is a vehicle to gain access to the creative intelligence found within all living things. She strives to manifest this mysterious energy in abstract form through her work. Each piece is sealed with sacred Tibetan healing symbols, and she believes the viewer can often connect with her work on a deeper level of awareness.