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Kristina Alisauskaite

Born in 1984 - Lithuania

BIOGRAPHY

KRISTINA ALISAUSKAITE (b. 1984) is a painter of the young generation and an active participant of group exhibitions who has also held several solo shows. She is a finalist of the competition “Young Painter’s Prize”, and the winner of the audience award (2013). In 2014, Kristina received an individual state grant of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. The young painter’s talent was also acclaimed on the international art scene. In 2013, she was among the ten winners of the international Saatchi Online Showdown Competition Painted Faces. In the late autumn of 2014, the book titled 100 Painters of Tomorrow representing a hundred most promising painters of our times, published by Thames & Hudson, was launched in London and New York. Alisauskaite was the only Lithuanian artist to be included in the book.
A distinct feature of Kristina’s work is laconicism. Alisauskaite’s paintings are minimalistic and sparing: wide and often empty expanses with occasional solitary faceless characters. The artist represents empty interiors and landscapes – places of entertainment and leisure rituals. They are most often devoid of any obvious hints of action, but this emptiness is eloquent. Each composition is as if a random fragment of history, a film shot, when a narrative becomes frozen for a brief moment and then resumes after a pause. Yet, Alisauskaite does not create any narrative. But the depicted situations are so cinematographic, seen many times and recognisable, that narratives are easily created from personal experiences in the viewer’s mind. Making use of the insights of psychoanalysis, Alisauskaite analyses the universality of these human experiences and its expressions through certain symbolic images. The abstract space of her paintings and objects conveyed in a generalised form are reminiscent of dreams, images formed in subconsciousness, and obscure shapes of familiar places and people, which only remain in your memory. The elements persistently appearing in the cycles of her paintings allow us to suspect the traumatic nature of haunting experiences and recurring – each time in a somewhat different form – dreams.
In her portraits Alisauskaite also analyses the universality of psychological states. They are often anonymous and faceless; sometimes faces are hidden by masks, stockings, or sacks. The fact that the represented figures can be recognised from the images circulating in mass culture reveals the tendency to engage in criticism of popular culture, materialism, and consumerism, which is characteristic of the young generation of painters. Alisauskaite makes use of trendy images, but presents them in a specific way, depriving them of obligatory eroticism and glossy excitement. Covered faces, emphasised individual parts of the body and elements of fetishism add a bizarre quality to the portraits and make them inconvenient for easy use. Thus, the artist reveals the dark nature of human desires and encourages us to reevaluate the images transmitted by culture and their meanings through the prism of subconscious desire.

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EXHIBITIONS

Education

2007-2009 Vilnius Academy of Arts, Master program of Painting studies;
2003-2007 Vilnius Academy of Arts, Bachelor program of Painting studies;
1991-2003 Klaipeda Eduardas Balsys Gymnasium of Arts;
Prizes

Saatchi Showdown Competition painted faces, Top 10 + Finalists exhibition at Griffin Gallery, London on December 5 – 20, 2013;
International contest ‘Young painters prize 2013’ – Public prize + Finalists exhibition at Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania;
Finalist of the international competition “100 painters of tomorrow”. The book of 100 most promising living painters will be released in October 2014 by “Thames and Hudson”.
Solo exhibitions

2013 may. ‘Rapid eye movements’ – solo exhibition, The Rooster gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2009 may. ‘Distance’ – the personal exhibition at ‘The Rooster Gallery’ (Galerija Gaidys), Vilnius, Lithuania
Exhibitions

2014 november. Exhibition “100 Painters of Tomorrow”, Gallery “Beers contemporary”, London, UK;
2014 november. Quadrianal 2014 – Art on a flagpole, Lithuanian Artists’ Association, The Bastion of Vilnius Defence Wall, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2014 october. Exposition at international art fair YIA 2014, Paris, France;
2014 june. International art fair ARTVILNIUS ’14, The Rooster gallery, Litexpo, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2014 april. ‘Another shot’ exhibition of young Lithuanian painters, Representative office of the European Union in Moscow, Russia;
2014 january. Exhibition of the Saatchi Showdown Competition – “Painted Faces” finalists, Griffin gallery, London, England;
2013 November. ‘Young painters prize 2013’ finalists exhibition at Vilnius Contemporary Art Center, Lithuania;
2013 september. International contemporary art fair ART MOSCOW’13, The Rooster gallery, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia;
2013 august. ‘Stories of holiday resort: transparency’ – exhibition of young artists at Nida art colony, Lithuania;
2013 june. International art fair ARTVILNIUS ’13, The Rooster gallery, Litexpo, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2013 june. XV Vilnius Painting Triennial – Contexts of painting, Contemporary art center, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2012 july. International art fair ARTVILNIUS’12, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2012 june. Exhibition of Lithuanian painters in Dinard, France, at Galerie Mirko Maria Calderone;
2011 january. ‘Zugzwang’ – exhibition of the youngest generation of Baltic artists, Tallinn, Estonia;
2010 october. ‘Zugzwang’ – exhibition of the youngest generation of Baltic artists at ‘CommuneArt’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2009 october. ‘Young Painters Prize’, – exhibition of the international competition for young painters, held at ‘Pamenkalnio’ gallery by national Lithuanian artists union, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2007 november. ‘Estranged paintings’ – exhibition of the youngest generation of Lithuanian and Polish artists at ‘Telsiai exhibitions hall’, Telsiai, Lithuania;
2007 july. ‘Faces of Vilnius’ – the festival of noncommercial art at ‘Church of Saint Spirit’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2007 june. ‘[In]visible’ – exhibition of the best students of Vilnius Art Academy at ‘Arts Printing House’, Vilnius, Lithuania;

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