• Biography

    Victoria Kirby has been a theatre writer, theatre producer, photographer, and professional singer and performance artist. She began painting in 1993 and printmaking in 1994. Currently, she is specializes in monotypes and monoprints.

    Victoria was apprentice to muralists Ray Patlan and Eduardo Pineda on the Teotihuacan Exhibition mural for the M.H. de Young Museum of Art in 1993, the Ombligo mural at 24th and Capp Streets in 1994, and a mural for the 1995 New Langton Arts’ The Library: A Public Reading Room on the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, all in San Francisco. She studied painting with Leigh Hyams and Fred Reichman and printmaking with Robin Kaneshiro at City College of San Francisco and Dan Welden and Michael Vigil in Taos, NM.

    Two of her paintings and four prints have been selected for juried shows. A painting was in the 1995 Berkeley Art Center Association’s 11th Annual National Juried Exhibition and another in the 1995-96 4th Annual National Juried Luggage Show at the San Francisco Luggage Store Gallery. A monotype was in the 6th Biennal Works on Paper ‘98 exhibition at the Koret Gallery in Palo Alto, and three monotypes were in the Seed Corn Gallery’s 2008 Summer Exhibition in Berkeley, CA.

    She has had one-person shows at The New Conservatory Theatre Center Gallery, Castro Kitchen Supply, The Squat & Gobble Cafe and The Cookie Shop in San Francisco. Victoria has exhibited in group shows at Michael Vigil Gallery in Taos, NM; Back to the Picture Latin American Gallery, SOMAR Gallery, Bridge Gallery, Jeanne Brewer Galley/UC Extension Center, California Cafe, SF Production Group, Crepes and Coffee, the 1996 ArtSpan Open Studios’ Exhibition at SOMAR Gallery, and ARTwork Gallery in San Francisco; the Greenlining Institute in Berkeley, and the 1995 Pro Arts Open Studios Exhibition in Oakland. Her art works are in private collections in California, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Australia, France and England. She was represented by Art Art Bo-Bart Gallery in Taos, NM, for several years before the gallery closed in 2005.

    Victoria was a vocalist for Christopher Beck & Company’s premiere of its full-length dance If So, Why Not, If Not, Why (1989) in San Francisco. She collaborated with choreographer and dancer Sarah Berges to create Wakes, a performance piece that premiered in the 1988 Blake Street Hawkeyes Whole Hog Series in Berkeley.

    She was a professional cabaret singer for many years, beginning her career in Italy in 1964, working on the East Coast from 1973 through 1976, touring Europe in 1976, and performing with her own group in the Bay Area from 1976 to 1980.

    While pursuing her singing career and other interests, Victoria created and performed In the Red with Anna Banana at the 1984 Inter Dada Festival and at Humboldt State University in 1985.  She also performed in Stuart Sherman’s Slight at the 1983 San Francisco International Theatre Festival.  In New York, she performed in the world premiere of Michael Kirby’s A Style Play, co-starred in the American premiere of Peter Handke’s My Foot My Tutor (both in 1973) and was narrator and composer for educational films and filmstrips.

    As a member of the Bay Area-based Audio Players, she was featured on the group’s poetry and drama recordings Soundings and Toward the Future, which have been aired on numerous US, European and Canadian radio stations.

    Victoria was a freelance writer, translator, and photographer for The Drama Review, a quarterly performance studies journal, and other publications. She also researched, collected and translated manifestos and plays for the book Futurist Performance (E. P. Dutton, 1971; reprinted by PAJ 1987). She retired as a public relations consultant in 2007 after serving San Francisco Bay Area arts organizations for over twenty-five years.

    Victoria Kirby has co-written with her mother Jere True a biography of her grandfather titled Allen Tupper True: An American Artist published in March 2009 by Canyon Leap and the Museum of the Rockies. There were three exhibitions of True’s work in Denver, Colorado, that opened in October 2009, followed by a combined exhibit that toured to three venues through June 2011.