Victoria Koningisor (Vicky) was born, raised and educated in the mid-western United States. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin. After graduating, she pursued a career in the commercial graphic arts industry, and in 1992, she founded Sungrafx, a graphic design, advertising and marketing firm, which she operated for 15 years in the state of Washington. Despite the success of this enterprise, her long-term goal was to pursue a career in the fine arts.  When the  time and opportunity came to make a lifestyle change, the sale of her business allowed her to turn her dream into reality, and the Hawaiian Islands were her first and only choice of venue. She now calls The Big Island of Hawaii home, and in that corner of paradise, she pursues her passion for portrait study and oil painting.

One of her portraits was displayed in the prestigious 2009 Schafer Portrait Challenge exhibit at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and at the Contemporary Museum First Hawaiian Center in Honolulu. Victoria also won 2nd place (Juried and Peoples Choice award) at the 2008 Kona Coffee Arts Festival for her coffee themed piece,  "Fresh Ground Still Life"

Victoria's work includes portrait studies of children, objects in nature and animals. She is available for commission work and her process involves an extensive interview and photography session regarding the subject matter and commissioned expectations. She prefers to work closely with her clients and from her own photography and life studies to maintain the contemplative look and feel that her artwork conveys.

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Latest Work

"Water Nymph"
20" x 16"
 oil on  linen

The scientific name of water lily is Nymphaea. This is obtained from the Greek word 'nymph', which according to Greek mythology means supernatural feminine that inhabited in water bodies like springs. Water lilies are delicate flowers and consist of a multiple number of petals with a golden stamen at its center and is around 5 inches in diameter. The new flower shoots start appearing in the month of April. The blooming actually starts in June and continues till September, on average, a water lily flower lives up to five days.

Original and giclees available 


"Finding Limu"
28" x 24" - oil on Belgian linen

Hundreds of years ago, there were many millions of sea turtles swimming the Earth's oceans. Today, the Hawaiian green sea turtle (Honu) is considered endangered. They receive their name from the color of their body fat rather than their shell color. The Honu is an important symbol in the Hawaiian culture, representing protection, longevity and wisdom. Their favorite foraged munchie is "limu" (Hawaiian seaweed) growing underwater around coral reefs and rocks close to shore.

Original and giclees available



"Windblown Serenity"
24" x 16" - oil on linen

Mankind has enjoyed a unique relationship with the horse. No other animal has provided such intelligent, loyal service or has offered humans his strength and loyalty. In return we have bestowed upon him a status which is perhaps above that of all other animals.
"Windblown Serenity" plays homage to the majestic breed, the  Spanish Andalucian, for it’s grace, gentle demeanor and noble strength.

Original and giclees available



"Ki'i Akua o Honaunau"
(Temple Guardians of Honaunau)

24" x 16" - oil on linen

The Hawaiians honor a multitude of supernatural beings, or akua. During religious observances, akua often manifested themselves in carved figures or other objects, which served as vessels for their supernatural power or "mana". Sacred images in human or animal form were known as ki'i. These three ki"i are among several temple gods that stand watch over the bones of the Ali'i at the City of Refuge at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau

Original and giclees available


"Kahiko o Kalapana "
24" x 16" - oil on linen

Kalapana is the viewing location of the red glow of lava flowing into the ocean near Volcano National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii.Traditional hula kahiko is usually very focused, vigorous, and requires strength and agility. As part of religious ceremonies, it is danced by groups of specially trained women who illustrate the various accompanying texts (mele), which were chanted by men. The hula kahiko is usually performed standing with symbolically descriptive arm and hand movements.


Giclees available


"Wahini Lehua Lei Po'o"

(Girls with crown Lei
of Lehua Flowers)

16" x 20" - oil on canvas

The Hawaiian name lehua, means "hair" and is the flower of the ohi'a tree. These lovely fluffy red and yellow flowers are carefully braided together with other local vegetation and the offical floral representation of the Big Island of Hawai'i . The lie po'o has long been used as a true reflection of the Hawaiian belief of harmony and spirit.


Giclees available



"Tahitian 'Aparima"
(The Kiss of Hands)

20" x 30" - oil on canvas

The 'aparima in hula tells a story, is set to music and mimed by gracious gestures of the hands. The 'aparima is inspired by scenes of the daily life; a boy meeting a girl, a wahine combing her hair, paddlers in an outrigger canoe or description of a beautiful site.


Giclees available

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Koningisor selected for Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2009

Schaefer Portrait Challenge (“SPC09”)  is the signature exhibit for the Schaefer International gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center,  and has become a prestigious state-wide juried art exhibition with one of the largest awards for a visual arts competition in Hawai‘i art history.

The exhibition includes the jury-selected works of 53 artists from all counties of Hawai’i, who have created works of portraiture based on portrait subjects within their communities as well as self-portraits; it is a showcase of outstanding Hawai‘i artists and a chronicle of the changing face of our community.

Victoria chose subject Daniel "Kaniela" Kahikina Akaka Jr.  as her portrait subject. Daniel is a spiritual leader and staff historian of the Mauna Lani Resort on the Big Island’s Kohala coast. “Hoaka” represents an exploration of this modern Hawaiian who has made of himself both a vessel and conduit for a culture that is unmatched in the depth and subtlety of spiritual expression. In the setting of the ancient fish ponds of Kalahuipua’a the Modern Man’s hand extends to receive the gifts of the past, while the reflected Ancestral Man reaches across the ages to share his heritage with the future. The shadow links their mana through time, while the circular ripple formed at the extended fingertip of the reflection represents a portal of communication. Daniel, the modern man, responds to this connection as he honors his ancestors.

See MACC Centerpiece article on Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2009 (pages 4-6)




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Fresh Ground Still Life
2nd Place
(Juried & Peoples Choice)  Kona Coffee Art Festival

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