The Artist Sculptor

Originally from the island of Bora Bora, « the pearl of the Pacific », Teva VICTOR grew up in the middle of nature on a small islet.
Born of an explorer father and a stewardess mother, traveling, and all the open-mindedness that goes with it, 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 sculpting thereafter.

Self-taught, he likes to work in nature: on living or rooted trees.
In 2001 he begins working on volcanic stone.
He sculpts « in situ » on rocks in the middle of the bush or in rip rap. 
Even if working with Basalt is much more difficult and physical than working with wood, Teva is immediately subjugated by this eternal and powerful side stone brings.

The nature he respects so much to have grown up with her, is such as stone: timeless; and will survive our ephemeral human passage.

Teva VICTOR works with collectors and art lovers, and his works, mostly large ones, have already crossed the oceans to find themselves in their new homes around the globe.

The Art

Process

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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:  its color and motifs, encrusted crystals or speckles,  the expression of the face.
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 animates 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, appear. For this, he fuses with it and generally 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 immutable 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 perceives 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
MANA NO AVAE

#1503

Matter

Tahitian volcanic basalt

Weight

23kg

Dimensions

23x33x20cm

Category

Small size

Persévérance sereine

#1205

Matter

Veined Basaltic Rock

Weight

47kg

Dimensions

50x35x18cm

Category

Small size

RAROTONGA

#1602

Matter

Tahitian Basaltic organ

Weight

50kg

Dimensions

82x20x20cm

Category

Medium size

OFA’I A’A FAROFARO

#1807

Matter

Moorea Phonolith

Weight

1400kg

Dimensions

135x125x65cm

Category

Big size

Category

Currently in Corsica

Stèle Pomare IV

#1703

Matter

Moorea Phonolith

Weight

3500kg

Dimensions

Category

Big size

Description

Commemorative stele of Queen Pomare IV in the gardens of the Territorial Assembly of French Polynesia

Tarava

#1312

Matter

Plutonic rock

Weight

52kg

Dimensions

50x36x24cm

Category

Small size

TE MOANA

#1313

Matter

Veined Basaltic Rock

Weight

48kg

Dimensions

40x40x26cm

Category

Small size

TIKI-TEVA #7

#1701

Matter

Moorea Phonolith

Weight

100kg

Dimensions

Category

Medium size
TE PÜAI E TE TI’ATURI

#1303

Matter

Plutonic rock

Weight

46kg

Dimensions

37x40x22cm

Category

Small size

Description

Currently in Saudi Arabia

ELEMENT’AIR

#1402

Matter

Tahitian volcanic basalt

Weight

54kg

Dimensions

33x24x40cm

Category

Small size

Description

Currently in a restaurant in Bora Bora

LIGNE DE PENSÉE N°1

#1607

Matter

Tahitian volcanic basalt

Weight

38kg

Dimensions

57x25x28cm

Category

Small size

Description

« Line of Thought » collection

Aotearoa

#1504

Matter

Basalt of Tautira

Weight

700kg

Dimensions

150x40x50cm

Category

Big size

Tu Mata Arii

#1801

Matter

Moorea Phonolith

Weight

1500kg

Dimensions

140x95x50cm

Category

Big size

A’AU MÀHORAHORA

#1409

Matter

Moorea Phonolith

Weight

90kg

Dimensions

85x55x20cm

Category

Medium size

Rimatara

#1903

Matter

Rimatara Crystallized Coral

Weight

26kg

Dimensions

35x42x23cm

Category

Small size

FORMATÉ

#1305

Matter

Plutonic rock

Weight

52kg

Dimensions

52x23x28cm

Category

Small size

Te po e te ao

#1901

Matter

Miri’s Basaltic Organ

Weight

1400kg

Dimensions

140x75x40cm

Category

Big size

Mariane

#2007

Matter

Flowered stone of Ua Pou

Weight

40kg

Dimensions

Category

Small size

Description

Order of a Polynesian « Mariane » for the Town Hall of Mataiea.

Ali’i

#2005

Matter

Raiatea volcanic rock

Weight

120kg

Dimensions

100x50x30cm

Category

Medium size
FAUFA’A HUNAHIA

#1314

Matter

Veined Basaltic Rock

Weight

25kg

Dimensions

41x26x8cm

Category

Small size

Puhi no Mataiea

#2103

Matter

Ua Pou Green Stone

Weight

45kg

Dimensions

50x50x20cm

Category

Small size

Tapa

#2001

Matter

Phonolith stone from Moorea

Weight

90kg

Dimensions

100x36x18cm

Category

Medium size

Description

ECLOSION

#1206

Matter

Basalt

Weight

54kg

Dimensions

45x40x28cm

Category

Small size

Evolution

#2006

Matter

Raiatea’s Phonolith Volcanic Rock

Weight

200kg

Dimensions

120x75x30cm

Category

Medium size

Description

On this beautiful phonolite stone from Raiatea island, the sculptor Teva VICTOR partnered with the rock and followed its lines and pursued his inspiration toward new forms and movement.

Wishing to ally the traditional Marquesan anthropomorphic Tiki (characterized by its eyes, ears, and corner of the mouth), with the human realism of its lips and nose: creating a fusion of two worlds, thus awakening an unconscious familiarity.

In this vision, adding diagonal and circular lines allows to emphasize certain aspects that can be found on the traditional Tiki, and at the same time proposes new rhythmic : The elliptic lines symbolizing a cyclical creative energy of transformation, expressing movement and constant change. Just like a walking person who evolves, this movement expresses the adaptation necessary to survive the surrounding world in constant change.

Transcendance Egypto-CobraÏque

#2004

Matter

Tahiti Volcanic Rock (Basalt)

Weight

700kg

Dimensions

80x30x50cm

Category

Big size

Description

A line of life, of journey on this earth, marked out by levels, stages, experiences, which lead us to grow, to broaden our understanding of things, to broaden our perception of things, to communicate better, to better open the eyes and the senses on Life, with gratitude and open-mindedness …

Is it an Egyptian reference, like a totem from an ancient forgotten terrestrial or extraterrestrial civilization? A reverence towards something greater, higher, calming, Universal, which is, in fact, inside each of us …

Jeu de Lumiere sur l’eau

#2002

Matter

Punaruu Green Speckle Volcanic Rock

Weight

22kg

Dimensions

31X24X22cm

Category

Small size

Transcendance Egypto-CobraÏque

#2004

Matter

Tahiti Volcanic Rock (Basalt)

Weight

700kg

Dimensions

80x30x50cm

Category

Big size

Description

A line of life, of journey on this earth, marked out by levels, stages, experiences, which lead us to grow, to broaden our understanding of things, to broaden our perception of things, to communicate better, to better open the eyes and the senses on Life, with gratitude and open-mindedness …

Is it an Egyptian reference, like a totem from an ancient forgotten terrestrial or extraterrestrial civilization? A reverence towards something greater, higher, calming, Universal, which is, in fact, inside each of us …

TIKI-TEVA #14

#2102

Matter

Phonolith stone from Moorea

Weight

22kg

Dimensions

40x24x16cm

Category

Small size

PUROTU NO RIMATARA

#1606

Matter

Feo from Rimatara, coral sedimentary rock (bioclast) (limestone)

Weight

45kg

Dimensions

50x40x20cm

Category

Small size

TE VEVO O TE MOANA

#1311

Matter

Tahitian tuff

Weight

58kg

Dimensions

48x45x20cm

Category

Small size

TÊTE 1

#1403

Matter

Basalt rich in Orthosis, origin Tahiti

Weight

58kg

Dimensions

84x31x42cm

Category

Medium size
SÉRÉNITÉ D’UNE CIVILISATION OUBLIÉE

#1214

Matter

Basalt rich in Orthosis, origin Tahiti

Weight

110kg

Dimensions

30x90x45cm

Category

Medium size
TE IHI O TE ‘ITE

#1304

Matter

Basaltic rock, origin Tahiti

Weight

54kg

Dimensions

50x36x20cm

Category

Small size

Description

Piece in a restaurant in Bora Bora

TAATA MEHERIO NO POPORA

#1408

Matter

Gray volcanic rock, Origin Bora Bora

Weight

2000kg

Dimensions

Category

Big size
TE MANA NO TE OFAI

#1308

Matter

Plutonic rock, origin Tahiti

Weight

32kg

Dimensions

36x44x9cm

Category

Small size

NAISSANCE D’UN TIKI

#1202

Matter

Basaltic rock of Tahiti

Weight

25kg

Dimensions

31X24X22cm

Category

Small size

MARAAMU

#1204

Matter

Basaltic rock of Tahiti

Weight

39kg

Dimensions

25x63x16cm

Category

Small size

O VAI OE?

#1213

Matter

Tahitian Feldspathic volcanic rock

Weight

47kg

Dimensions

49x31x20cm

Category

Small size

PROCESSUS D’EVOLUTION

#1211

Matter

Tahitian volcanic basalt

Weight

40kg

Dimensions

35x37x24cm

Category

Small size

DÉTERMINATION SEREINE

#1209

Matter

Tahitian red sedimentary stone

Weight

94kg

Dimensions

73x37x37cm

Category

Medium size

DÉCOUVERTE

#1608

Matter

Tahitian volcanic basalt

Weight

34kg

Dimensions

45x20x23cm

Category

Small size

ENVELOPPÉE

#1610

Matter

Tahitian volcanic basalt

Weight

13kg

Dimensions

32x24x20cm

Category

Small size

TE RO’A NO POPORA

#1505

Matter

Bora Bora sedimented base breche

Weight

3500kg

Dimensions

225x120x120cm

Category

Big size

Description

Currently in Nukutepipi island

HEE TE TAU

#1601

Matter

Tahitian volcanic basalt

Weight

900kg

Dimensions

170x80x90cm

Category

Big size

Category

Currently in front of the Grand Théatre of the Maison de la Culture

HUNAAMOE

#1306

Matter

Tahitian volcanic basalt

Weight

57kg

Dimensions

44x51x5cm

Category

Small size

NOHO MÀNA’ONA’O

#1302

Matter

Tahitian tuff

Weight

35kg

Dimensions

20x40x32cm

Category

Small size

Category

Currently in Malibu (California)

TRIPTIQUE AU MOTU

#1401

Matter

Volcanic rock (Basalt), origin Bora Bora

Weight

2000kg

Dimensions

Category

Big size

Description

Currently on a motu in Bora Bora

AITA E PARAU

#1207

Matter

Tahitian volcanic basalt

Weight

30kg

Dimensions

28x44x17cm

Category

Small size

NO HEA MAI MATOU

#1201

Matter

Tahitian Basalt Porephyroide

Weight

100kg

Dimensions

50x58x25cm

Category

Medium size

Description

Currently at the Maison de la Culture (Tahiti)

HÔ’ATA’ATA

#1309

Matter

Plutonic rock

Weight

110kg

Dimensions

41x50x26cm

Category

Medium size

PROTÉGÉ

#1210

Matter

Speckled blue sedimentary stone
 

Weight

59kg

Dimensions

35x40x40cm

Category

Small size

TAAROA

#1208

Matter

Pink sedimentary stone

Weight

26kg

Dimensions

40x50x20cm

Category

Small size

TE MANA NO TE MOANA

#1502

Matter

Tahitian volcanic basalt

Weight

37kg

Dimensions

60x20x25cm

Category

Medium size
PITI I ROTO I TE HOE

#1501

Matter

Tahitian volcanic basalt

Weight

32kg

Dimensions

38x20x30cm

Category

Small size

Description

Currently in Malibu (California)

VISAGE AU CASQUE

#1611

Matter

Brêche rich in orthosis, origin Tahiti

Weight

20kg

Dimensions

67x18x30cm

Category

Medium size
HAU UOUO

#1609

Matter

Tahitian Feldspathic volcanic rock

Weight

8kg

Dimensions

26x17x15cm

Category

Small size

TIKI-TEVA#8

#1702

Matter

Pierre à Graie from the south of France

Weight

60kg

Dimensions

Category

Medium size

Description

Currently in France

E TANE E VAHINE

#1605

Matter

Tahitian volcanic basalt

Weight

20kg

Dimensions

35x24x18cm

Category

Small size

TIKI NIAU

#1604

Matter

Tahitian Basalt Porephyroide

Weight

10kg

Dimensions

34x18x23cm

Category

Small size

Question de point de vue…

#Number

Matter

Basalt

Weight

59Kg

Dimensions

31X24X22cm

Category

Small size