Speaker to present Work to SC Chapter
Victor Bakhtin was born in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk in 1951. Nature and arts aroused his interests and admiration from his earliest years. In his childhood Victor dreamed of being a violinist, but a physical trauma, the result of a climbing accident, prevented him from realizing this dream, so he began to publish his caricatures (cartoons) in the local newspapers.
Then he illustrated more than 70 books and gained a reputation as one of the leading book designers in Siberia.
Victor graduated from Moscow Printing Institute as a graphic designer in 1979. Illustrating the Red Data Book of Central Siberia, Victor took part in numerous scientific expeditions where he was involved in the creation of films about cranes. Thus, one day he met George Archibald, director of the International Crane Foundation, who advised him to paint paintings of nature. It was a new field for Victor, but he liked challenges, so he tried. Now there are many of his paintings in Sweden, Holland, Spain, England, South Africa, Japan, Taiwan, and the U.S.A.
Since 1994, Victor has lived in Wisconsin. He has done much traveling during those years. “As for me, no fantasy is comparable to surprising reality”, Victor says. He tries to share his endless admiration of nature with others.
Victor’s work can be seen in Baraboo at the International Crane Foundation, Victor will present his work to the SC chapter on February 16 from 7-9 at Edgewood College.