2017-11-01 / Features

Victor Bokas "Coming Home"

Victor Bokas grew up in Gulf Breeze. He will be “coming home” to take part in the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Nov. 3-5 in historic Seville Square in downtown Pensacola.

You’ll find him at Booth No. 7. Look for striking examples of his talent reflected in complex patterns, lush color palettes and Florida kitch.

His delight in his Greek heritage is also evident in the statues, columns, olives and vases that appear in his work – art that frequently has a backdrop of palm trees, tropical beaches and sunbathers he grew up knowing so well in Gulf Breeze.

Bokas’ interest in art began when he was 11 years old. He purchased a $1 raffle ticket at an outdoor art festival and won a painting created by 12 local artists. The next month, he began taking private painting lessons.

After graduation from Gulf Breeze High School in 1979, Bokas studied design at Pensacola State College and received a bachelor’s degree in design from the University of Florida.

He is an art director and full-time painter, with his work showcased in corporate and museum collections throughout the South.

Among the permanent collections featuring his work are Orange County Convention Center, Darden Corp., Mennello Museum of American Art, Walt Disney Productions, Orlando City Hall, Winter Park Library and the Orlando International Airport, where “Florida Vacation” became part of the facility’s Public Art Project in 2000.

That painting was turned into an 88-foot by 15-foot mosaic masterpiece welcoming visitors to Orlando.

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