The daughter of Mexican film director, Fernando Rivero, Victoria Montesinos was raised in Mexico but educated at a French School, and lived for some time in Argentina and France. Starting at age 12 in the Mexico City studio of master Spanish painter Jose Bardasano, Montesinos learned the rigorous veladuras technique of painstakingly building up texture and depth through many fine layers of paint. By introducing marble, sand, and stone as textural elements, as well as stenciling techniques, Montesinos creates a subtle topography for her floral universe. Most notable, she is able to achieve a nearly subliminal incandescence through a medieval method of applying gold leaf to the canvas before painting. Because this process is so labor intensive and time consuming, Montesinos will spend two to three weeks absorbed in a single canvas.