Viva was born in Syracuse, N.Y. and spent her summers on Wellesley Island, N.Y. in the Thousand Islands. She came from a very strict Catholic family and was the oldest of nine children. Viva attended parochial school and the Catholic College, Marymount. After college Viva moved to Manhattan and rebelled against her strict Catholic upbringing. She worked as a model at the Art Student's League, became a regular at Andy Warhol's factory, and was featured in many of Warhol's films.
From an early age, Viva had a penchant for drawing. When she was just five years old her father (a renowned criminal defense lawyer) took her to court with him and had her draw courtroom portraits. She attended the Everson Museum School in Syracuse, N.Y. and during her Junior year of college she studied art at the Sorbonne in Paris.
|Dying Willow - Swiftwater Point, Wellesley Island, 1991 Viva Hoffmann|
|Waterson's Marsh in Spring - Wellesley Island State Park, 1999 Viva Hoffmann|
|Old Bridge Road - Wellesley Island, 2000 Viva Hoffmann|
|Rock Island Lighthouse, Viva Hoffmann|
|Looking toward US Mainland shore from Swiftwater Point in Spring, Viva Hoffmann|
|Palden Lhamo, Goddess of Destruction over Swiftwater Point with Loui Nehez on Dragon, Viva Hoffmann|
|In these self-portraits, Viva portrays herself as a Goddess flying high above the Saint Lawrence River. The pictures are filled with personal symbolism.|
|Quan Yin, Goddess of Empathy over Rock Island Lighthouse, Viva Hoffman|
The show at the Thousand Islands Arts Center runs until August 29th.