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Encaustic Artist Cranks Up the Heat at Chapel Hill’s Festifall

Victoria Primicias, who paints with a blowtorch, is set to exhibit her luminous beeswax-based paintings at Festifall on Oct. 5, 2014.

Victoria Primicias paints in a wax-based medium invented 4,000 years ago.
Victoria Primicias paints in a wax-based medium invented 4,000 years ago.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Sept. 4, 2014 - PRLog -- Some like it hot, and none more so than Victoria Primicias, a fine artist who wields a blowtorch to melt beeswax on canvas. Encaustics, also called hot wax painting, comes from enkaustikos, Greek for "to burn in." Primicias will be exhibiting at Chapel Hill’s Festifall on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.

Primicias grew up in Manila and suffered goosebumps for decades after her family immigrated to Canada in the seventies, then endured frostbite for eight years while she worked in Chicago. Today, she’s blissfully settled in Wake Forest, NC, and is mindful not to get too carried away with the blowtorch while painting in her home studio.

To cool off, Primicias says she likes “to paint nothing – vacant regions of sky and water – restful areas enlivened by delicate color variations and surface textures." You can blame this on her graphic career when she got paid for designing marketing materials full of nothing. She calls it “negative space,” a prime ingredient she’s carried over from her design toolbox and into her fine art paintings.

Alas, her paintings are brimming with something. Elegance, nuance, modernity. There's also a feeling of mystery, maybe hidden in the 6–20 lustrous layers of wax. For this, she’s grateful to the ancient Romans and Greeks who used wax to weatherproof their ships before it evolved into fine art. In Egypt, 600 encaustic portraits created between 100–300 A.D. survive.

About Victoria Primicias | ARTECERA Fine Art:

Victoria Angelique Primicias worked for 25 years as a graphic designer and has been published in the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Communication Arts magazine and Print magazine. Today, she lives in Wake Forest, NC and exhibits her encaustic paintings nationally. Artecera is Latin for "wax art." See more at http://www.arte-cera.com

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