Viktor was born in the city of Odessa on August 25, 1959 into a lower middle class Soviet family. He was the only child of Evgeny and Roza but was raised mostly by his paternal grandparents Pavel and Zinaida due to his parent’s conflicting work schedule. His grandparents lived in Sevastopol, which sits on the Black Sea. This beautiful city was a source of inspiration for the young artist as he developed his passion for diving, swimming and artistry right by the magnificent body of water.
In 1982, Viktor graduated Dnepropetrovsk College with a baccalaureate degree in Civil Construction Engineering and Architecture. However, his heart was always set in the artistic path, and in 1986 Viktor registered one of the first private small businesses in the USSR, “SKIF”, his ceramic art studio. He quickly gained popularity amongst the local artists and patrons of his small shop but the decaying government structure and the unstable living situation made Viktor reexamine his life in the former Soviet Republic.
In 1992, Viktor and his family decided to immigrate to Chicago, IL. After several months of going from one random low-paying job to another Viktor found a stone cutter position opening at Bevel Granite Co., in Marionette Park, IL. In three short years Viktor refined his in-depth knowledge of granite as the carving material to compliment his artistic skills. In 1997, he went on his own to officially become a professional sculptor and monument designer.
After 13 very successful years of being a contractor to the surrounding Chicagoland monument fabricators and retailers Viktor decided to set up his own store and manufacturing shop with the help of his daughter Olga. In 2010 the father-daughter duo opened up Monumental Art Works.