Victor Notaro was born in Danbury, Connecticut. He has a Deaf sister. He attended the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, CT, from 1961 to
1978. He won a prize for a poster design for the American Automobile Association's "Safe System" in 1972, while still a student. He then went to St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute, graduating in 1981
with a Diploma in Graphic Arts/Commercial Art. Victor received a BFA in 1995 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), where he studied animation, video, film and sculpture. While at the MFA
School, Victor received "Best of Exhibit" awards in students' exhibit in the animation and video category in 1994, and for a welded sculpture in 1995.
"I learned about art and that was the first
subject that I could learn. All of my teachers always had told me I was good at art and I felt connected with art. I fell in love with Michanegelo because he could do anything - sculpture, architecture,
painting, drawing and many others. I feel my work is like his - in that I work with various mediums. I got started with animation at TVI. At the MFA School I took an animation class which gave me more
opportunities and that led me to film work. I originally thought I couldn't get into film because it was a thing hearing people did. I do enjoy film projects working with Deaf people."