Viktor Wynd is a multidisciplinary artist working in the fields of installation and relational aesthetics, often creating and manipulating vast and elaborate subversive social situations involving casts of up to 200 performers and many thousands of participants. Wynd read History at London's School of Oriental & African Studies specialising in the Medieval Islamic Middle East under David Morgan, G.R.Hawting & Colin Heywood, then took a foundation course in art and design at the John Cass before being awarded the Rosenquist Fellowship in Fine Art and pursuing a M.F.A. at The University of South Florida.
Whilst living in Florida he produced three elaborate installations in Miami Galleries before moving to London where he has worked extensively with social structures. The basis of much of his work is draughtsmanship and poetry and he considers himself a novelist manqué with an inherent interest in narrative structures with his projects always planned as books.
Much of the work is to do with the absurdity, pathos, misery and pointlessness of every day life there was originally a deep quest to understand the world, to see some sort of meaning in the chaos. Since probably abandoned. As Viktor Wynd he has also become an Impresario, Collector, Dealer & Curator.
Influences and Interests in no order of importance include:
Gardening - growing orchids, ferns, bromeliads, palms & carnivorous plants, The Tropics, girls, the seaside, sadness, melancholia & loneliness.
Antonin Artaud, Michado de Assis, J.G.Ballard, Simone de Beaucoir, Samuel Beckett, Paul Bowles, William Blake, Jorge Luis Borges, William Beckford, Italo Calvino, Angela Carter, Leonora Carrington, C.P.Cavafy, Cervantes, Bruce Chatwin, Jean Cocteau, Derrida, Daniel Defoe, Philip K.Dick, John Donne, Dostoevsky, John Donne, Lawrence Durrell, Umbert Eco, Mircea Eliade, Henry Fielding, Foucault, William Gaddis, Goethe, Gunter Grass, Alasdair Grey, Graham Greene, Abdulrazik Gurnah, Knut Hamson, Huysmans, Bohumel Hrabel, Robert Irwin, Christopher Isherwood, Alfred Jarry, B.S.Johnson, Ernst Junger, Franz Kafka, Mario Vargos LLosa, Thomas Mann, Andrew Marvell, Somerset Maugham, Spike Milligan, Milton, Nancy Mitford, Carl Muller, Robert Musil, Patrick O'Brian, Mervyn Peake, Sylvia Plath, Laurens van der Post, John Cowper Powys, Rilke, Fr.Rolfe, Jose Saramago, W.G.Sebald, Smollet, Philippe Soupault, Laurence Sterne, Tolstoy, Voltaire, Evelyn Waugh, Jeanette Winterson, W.B.Yeats, Unica Zurn.
Artaud, Hans Bellmer, Bas Jan Ader, Mark Dion, Egon Schiele, Dorothea Tanning, Paul Klee, Ilya Kabakov, Edward James, Leonora Carrington, Alan Glass, Louise Bourgeois, Pierre Huyghe, Salvador Dali, Eric Gill Jacob Epstein, Lucio Fontana, Tom Friedman, Paul Delvaux, Henry Dagger, Otto Dix, Balthus, Archimboldo, Cranach, Sickert, Juan Brossa, Marlen Dumas, Peter Beard, Daniel Libeskind, Geoffrey Bowa, Henri Michaux, ana Mendieta, Herman Nitsch, Martin Parr, Artaud, Diether Roth, Santiago Sierra, Luc Tuymans, Joseph Cornell, Nan Goldin, Casper David Friedrich, Roger van der Weyden, Derick Bouts, Van Gogh, Christian Schad, Petrus Christus.
John Waters, Atom Egoyan, Peter Greenaway, Jean Cocteau, Charlie Chaplin, Krzysztof Kielowski, Powell & Pressburger.
That said he finds it hard to watch more than 5 or 6 films a year and hasn't been to the cinema since 2006 and has no plans of going in the near future.
Music / Opera - Wynd tries to go to the opera 2-4 times a month.
John Adams, Thomas Ades, Bach, Lord Berners, Benjamin Britten, Bruckner, Vaugham-Williams, George Butterworth, John Dowland, Donizetti, Michael Nyman, Dvorak, Philip Glass, Janacek, Liszr, Wagner, Harrison Birtwhistle, Preisner,Fado, Schubert, Verdi, Peter Warlock, Captain Beefheart, The Velvet Underground, Fischerspooner, David Bowie, Cibelle, Iggy Pop.
Wynd never watches TV and thoroughly loathes it and thinks it should be banned.
WQXR or Radio 3.
The Guardian Weekly, The Economist, The BBC.