Violet Mattersdorfer Sigismund (1904 - 2003) was born in New York City in 1904, where she went to school and, in 1924, obtained a teaching license. Vi, as she was known to friends and family, studied drawing and painting at the Art Students League with Georg Grosz and Sidney Laufman. Other artists who had a profound effect on Vi’s style and work included Milton Avery and Hans Hoffman. She also learned jewelry making, lithography, printmaking and Chinese brush painting.
Vi began painting in the 1920's while she supported herself teaching fifth grade in New York City’s Chinatown. During her vacations, sabbaticals, leaves of absence and finally, retirement, Vi traveled to Vermont, Rockport, Massachusetts, Beaufort, South Carolina, Woodstock, New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she painted from the mid -1950's until the end of her long life.
Beginning in 1947, Vi had her first solo show, and her latest in 1997. During her more than 70 productive years, she won at least eight prizes. She exhibited yearly at the Art Associations of Woodstock and Provincetown, and with Audubon, Knickerbocker, and National Association of Women Artists and at other group shows and galleries.
Vi felt a life-long concern with the welfare of artists and participated in numerous artists’ organizations, like Artists Equity and Pen and Brush, to name only a few, which sought to provide exhibition space, shows, publicity, security, benefits and fairness in business dealings for their member artists.
Butler Institute, Ohio
National Academy of Design, New York
Library of Congress
Artists Equity Association Group Shows
New York City Center
Cape Cod Art Museum
Pen and Brush, New York
Telfer Museum, Georgia
Jesse Besser Museum, Alpen, Mich.
Woodstock Art Assoc.
Art Students League Diamond Jubilee
Village Art Center, New York
Waverly Gallery, New York
American Assoc. Artists, 1975
Clinton Seeley Assoc., New Hampshire
Provincetown Art Assoc. and Museum
East End Gallery
Paul Kessler Gallery
Eye Of Horus, 1983
Tirca Karlis, 1982
St. Mary's Church
Wednesday Five O'Clock
1947 ACA, New York
1952 Lenox Gallery, New York
1962 Village Art Center, New York
1975 Paul Kessler Gallery, Provincetown
1995 Pen and Brush, New York, Award Exhibition
1997 East End Gallery, Provincetown
2007 Antiques of Milford (posthumous)