Originally from Bora Bora, "the pearl of the Pacific", Teva VICTOR grew up in the middle of nature on a small island.
Born of an explorer father and a stewardess mother, traveling and all the open-mindedness that goes with have rocked his childhood.
At the age of 18, on his "motu" he takes in hand his first wood chisel and mallet, and will not stop creating anymore.
Self-taught, he likes to work in nature: on living or rooted trees.
From 2001 he works volcanic stone.
He sculpts "in situ" on rocks in the middle of the bush or in rip rap.
Even if the work of Basalt is much more difficult and physical than the work of wood, Teva is immediately subjugated by this eternal and powerful side of the stone.
The nature he respects so much to have grown up with her is such a stone: timeless; and will survive our ephemeral human passage.
Teva VICTOR works with collectors and art lovers, and her works, mostly large ones, have already crossed the oceans to find themselves in their new homes around the world.
Each of his art piece brings elements of thought on many levels.
the faces that are drawn from the stone make us think about emotions we feel. The Yin and the Yang of course with its equilibrium in all things; but also, the more general message of the complexity of who we are.
beyond all of this, the artist never forgets the original stone as found which has allowed the art piece to exist. Thus, as he says: "nothing can equal the beauty of nature, we are here only to bring a wink of our passage on earth."
And so, like a praise to nature, the artist teamed up with each stone, so that together, could result something that us humans can have more ease to appreciate. Thus, we can also better understand the process of the sculpture: from the origin to the final face.
Each stone has its own character: in its manner to work on it, on its color and motifs incrusted of crystals or of speckles... in the expression of the face; and it is all these facets that draws us to discover each time something different.
« Art exists at the minute where the artist takes a distance from nature », says Jean Cocteau. And yet, the Art pieces of Teva Victor really seem to be a powerful surge to come back to this nature, sensing it, making it visible. The spirit of the sculptor seems to penetrate the bare nature of the rock and sensing the soul that animats it.
From his childhood, on a little island in the lagoon of Bora Bora, Teva Victor inherited this profound respect for the environment.
And thus, for the sculptor, the idea is to make the face that already exists in its heart, apear. For this, he fuses with it and generaly only puts visible just one piece of the face. The original rough part of the rock always has its place in the art pieces of Teva Victor, like if to signify the imuable greatness of nature and, at the same time, the humility of the artist that only sees in his work a sign of the human passage, ephemeral and full of respect. The art piece percieves thus like the answer from a subtil dialogue between the man and the Universe.
These expressive faces, with their changing textures, give the sensation that the rock is inhabited: animism isn't far. But they also appear like a miror for he who looks at them and who can see the reflexion of the complexity of the human being. Multifaceted faces, where the smooth plays with the rough in order to create an impalpable essence, Teva Victor is indeed talking about us.
And the need to touch them that arouses seem like an invitation to reestablish that link with the other and nature. Catherine Delamaire