“A GIFT FROM GOD” IS HOW BENJAMIN VICTOR DESCRIBES HIS ABILITY TO CREATE SPECTACULAR WORKS OF ART. BENJAMIN JOINED THE RANKS OF MICHELANGELO, BERNINI, AND FRENCH BY RECEIVING HIS FIRST LARGE COMMISSION AT ONLY 23 YEARS OLD. AT AGE 26, HE BECAME THE YOUNGEST ARTIST EVER TO HAVE A SCULPTURE IN OUR NATION’S FOREMOST COLLECTION, THE NATIONAL STATUARY HALL IN THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL.
NINE YEARS LATER HE BECAME THE ONLY LIVING ARTIST TO HAVE TWO WORKS IN STATUARY HALL. ART CRITICS AND ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE NATIONAL SCULPTURE SOCIETY IN NEW YORK CITY, CONTINUE TO RECOGNIZE THE AESTHETIC AND CONCEPTUAL INTEGRITY OF BENJAMIN’S ARTWORK. HIS PASSION AND DRIVE CLEARLY SHOW IN EACH OF HIS UNIQUE AND PROFOUND CREATIONS.
WITH EXPRESSIVE FEATURES, EXQUISITE DETAIL, AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING CONTENT, THE WORK OF BENJAMIN VICTOR IS SURE TO TAKE ITS PLACE AMONG THE GREAT MASTERPIECES OF ART HISTORY.
BIOGRAPHICAL REVIEW WRITTEN BY RUTH E. MCKINNEY M.F.A. UPDATED BY LILA CRESPIN PH.D.
Benjamin Matthew Victor (January 16, 1979 in Taft, CA) is an American sculptor and Artist-in-Residence and Professor of the Practice at Boise State University. He is best known for his sculpture of Sarah Winnemucca, Paiute activist in Nevada, which her home state installed in the National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol in 2005. At age 26, he became the youngest artist to have a work in the National Statuary Hall.