Victor Colesnicenco (Nemo) grew up in Chrisinau, the capital of Moldova. This Eastern European nation is known for it’s rich artistic heritage. Nemo, as he is known to his friends, remembers being fascinated by the carvings and other craftworks that surrounded him. In particular he loved paintings and from an early age he was determined to become an artist.
Nemo began intense inquiry into the style and techniques of the famous painters and formed a particular interest in the works of the surrealists. He enrolled in art school but did not enjoy the strict academic style of the Russian based academy and abandoned his traditional training in favor of practical experience. His talent flourished and soon he was organizing large outdoor art fairs to show his work and that of other young artists. At this point Nemo enlisted in the Soviet Army where he served for two years. After completing his tour of duty he returned to his artistic career, and together with a good friend he started a successful business restoring works of art and painting murals.
The ever increasing freedom in their country inspired the desire to travel in many cities, and Nemo and his family moved to Canada. They settled in Niagara Falls and Nemo felt himself to be at a gateway to the world. Nemo’s work is widely collected and is represented in galleries throughout Canada, USA and other countries.