Poteet Victory was born and raised in Idabel, Oklahoma, where he was active in the rodeo circuit. At age 15 he was first approached by his mentor, artist Harold Stephenson, to model for his painting of Alexander the Great. The modeling venture lasted the entire summer and ignited Victory’s dream of becoming the artist he is today.
After attending the University of Oklahoma through his junior year, Victory moved to Hawaii, where he mastered silk-screening. After establishing a successful T-shirt printing business in Dallas, Victory sold the company and moved to New York City to pursue his desire to paint. While there, he attended the Art Students League for two years, and also met Andy Warhol and mingled with those at Warhol’s Factory while consulting with Warhol on silk-screening.
Today, Victory is one of the most in-demand and collectable contemporary Native American artists in the world. Although his work is abstract, his Cherokee-Choctaw influence still shines through his paintings. His works seems to emerge from a subconscious space, and with a masterful command of composition, breathtaking color, and his very own glossy finish, he evokes a powerful response in the viewer.