Born in Austin, Texas, Victor Lara was educated at the University of Texas, Austin, the Cleveland Institute of Art and Yale University, where he received his MFA in 1967. He has been a professor of art, teaching painting and drawing at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) since 1973.
As an artist his work has been the subject of two major one-man shows at Iolas Jackson Gallery in New York. He has also had one-man shows at Gallery 28 and MU Gallery, both in Boston.
Artist and Addison Parks has written about Lara and his art on two occasions, first in Arts Magazine in 1985 and then in The Christian Science Monitor in 1990. Grace Glueck reviewed Lara’s work for the New York Times in 1985.
Lara was featured in a documentary on creativity for NBC’s “Sixty Minutes Worldwide” which aired in Korea on March 14, 2006.
Rhode Island School awarded Lara the John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1987.
Says Lara, about his work:
“During the past several years I have been working on several large paintings. The process of shifting from painting to painting without completion made progress slow and demanding. Some paintings would not be worked on for long periods of time. I had a love/hate relationship with this approach. My personal life became my work… At this point in time most of my paintings are complete or nearly completed. Some paintings I continue to work on. My work is guided by a mixture of my intuition , a felt process, with my ability to visualize. In my attempts to bring life to my paintings, nothing I do is contrived from consciousness. Through this process I’m able to tap into the internal world of inherited knowledge and dreams…”