Viktor Goppe, born in 1962, is an artist who embarked on his creative journey after completing secondary school with a focus on art. His artistic exploration led him to the Academy of Art in Riga from 1980 to 1984, where he specialized in wood carving and sculpture modeling under the guidance of S. Errize.

Inspired by the poetry of Latvian authors, Goppe began publishing their creative volumes of books, establishing the “Publishing House of Viktor Goppe” in 1986. The artist himself admits that if he considers anyone his teacher, it is the constructivist Solomon Telingater: “I am going through a period of constructivism: both in graphics and sculpture I do complicated things, even things that are not clear to all collectors.” 

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As he delved into publishing, Goppe’s passion for sculpture continued to blossom. Each poetry book he published was adorned with new painting images and black and white drawings, showcasing his evolving artistic skills. In 1995, he graduated from the faculty of book illustration at the Academy of Painting and Sculpture. Since then, Goppe’s journey has been marked by the seamless integration of book illustration and wooden sculpture, with each form of art complementing the other in a harmonious symbiosis. "I have been making Robots all my life, for over 30 years quite consciously.

Another thing is that 10 years ago I did not call my sculptures such, but in fact, my development within the framework of constructivism has always produced colourful wooden mechanical characters. And it doesn't particularly matter who it was: a portrait of a Dutch girl, or the writer Alexei Tolstoy - I was quite actively creating and moving on with pleasure" - says Goppe - "Not so long ago, a collector I know, having seen the nominal tag "ROBOT" on my work, suggested that it was intuition that prompted such a development of the theme. In his opinion, "soon there will only be robots and plastic cards left." I wish it could remain a joke..."

The Artist tells about the process of creating his sculptures: “Very often in the process of creating my sculptures there are various wooden elements and parts. The conceived object in one or two days is folded, glued, fastened into a complete form, thus offering to make a sketch of the future work of art. Usually three or four sketches are drawn - each one refining and improving the other. Next, I have the regular two-month work of applying coloured enamel layers. Usually fourteen to fifteen layers are applied, ensuring an smooth, bright and glossy surface for the structural sculpture.”

The artist also says that often a single object determines the future size of the artwork. For example, in the work "Robot-Sportsman" everything was decided by a tennis racket donated by Andrei Bartenev. It became the main detail of the object. Victor Goppe's works have puzzled more than one art critic. It is not without reason that all publications devoted to him dedicate so much space to describing the complex technologies and surprising forms of his works: it is much more difficult to write about the meanings contained in them, and even their genre is difficult to define. He has developed a style and technique of his own that transcends the boundaries of a single discipline.