Born in 1984 - Lithuania
Egle Karpaviciute (b. 1984) is a painter of the young generation who joined the Lithuanian art scene already as a student of the Vilnius Academy of Arts and has been its active participant ever since. She held several solo exhibitions and participated in dozens of group exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad; her works were exhibited in prestigious art institutions (National Art Gallery and Contemporary Art Centre in Lithuania, KUMU Art Museum in Estonia, Contemporary Art Centre PasquArt in Switzerland, and elsewhere), her works are also held in the collection of the Modern Art Centre in Vilnius.
In 2015 E. Karpaviciute became the winner of two prestigious art contests: “Premio Combat Prize 2015” and international art competition “Donkey Art Prize”. In 2013, artist received an individual state grant of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. In 2011, painter became a finalist of the prestigious competition “The Sovereign European Art Prize” in Istanbul. The artist is a multiple finalist and winner of the audience prize at the competition “Young Painter’s Prize”.
The object of the artist’s creative research is the world of culture, above all, visual culture. The key motifs of Karpaviciute’s paintings are eminent works of art (paintings, performances, installations, ready-made works), architectural objects and other cultural artefacts. While applying the principle of a painting within a painting (more generally, a work within a work), and repainting the works by famous artists, Karpavi?i?t? questions their universal perception, the concept of originality of a work, and the status of an artist. She captures temporary forms of artistic expression and art structures with the help of the long-lasting painting medium, thus evaluating the relation of painting to other branches of art and as if emphasising the supremacy of painting which has been on top of the hierarchy of art for several centuries (though there were multiple attempts to dethrone it). A considerable part of the artist’s work consists of painted exhibitions of art works. Uniformly white gallery spaces represented in her paintings speak about the contemporary features of art presentation and the habits of its consumption, and addresses the problems of a spectator and art consumer. Along with classical monuments of art history, elements of popular culture find a place in Karpaviciute’s paintings and acquire the status of a legitimate art object, thus expanding the boundaries of the understanding of art.
Karpaviciute’s painting is not only a photographic recording and documentation of short-lived phenomena, but also their interpretation. Karpavi?i?t? is distinguished among other artists of her generation by her pensiveness and philosophical inclination. While extracting the depicted objects from their customary context and adding new meanings, the painter asserts the illusory character, temporality and fragility of the visible reality, and encourages us to doubt the material shapes and ponder on the meaning and nature of various phenomena. Thus, her works raise more questions than offer answers to the viewers. Her laconic painting expression (a transparent layer of paint, generalised forms) and subtly nuanced colour combinations subdue the compositions, which address urgent and provoking cultural problems, and open much space for meditative reflection.
2009-2012 Vilnius Academy of Art, Postgraduate art studies;
2007-2009 Vilnius Academy of Art, Master program of Painting studies;
2003-2007 Vilnius Academy of Art, Bachelor program of Painting studies;
Prizes and scholarships
2015 July. Winner of PREMIO COMBAT PRIZE, painting section, Livorno, Italy;
2015 June. Winner of The Donkey Art Prize (senior painting award), Milan, Italy;
2013 January. Annual State scholarship appointed by Lithuanian Culture ministry, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2012 October. Public Prize at international contest ‘Young painters prize 2012’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2011 November. Finalist at ‘The Sovereign European Art Prize ’11’, Istanbul, Turkey;
2009 October. ‘Award of Dalia Gruodien?’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2015 September. ‘Artefacts of painting’, Ron Lang Art gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands;
2014 April. Personal exhibition at The museum of Kelm? region, Kelm?, Lithuania;
2012 October-November. IMAGOSCOPIA – personal exhibition at Pramantha Arte gallery, Lamecia Terme, Italy;
2012 February. Personal exhibition/postgraduate art studies project ‘Painted expositions, readymades and painted performance’, gallery ‘Akademija’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2011 November. ‘Painted expositions and readymades’ – solo exhibition, ‘Lietuvos Aidas’ gallery/ ‘The Rooster gallery’ Vilnius, Lithuania;
2011 July. ‘Painted expositions, performance and CAC’ solo exhibition at International art fair ARTVILNIUS’11, Lithuania;
2010 September. ‘Science Fiction. Retrospective’, solo exhibition at ‘Old Town art gallery/studio’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2015 August. ‘The Donkey Art Prize - exhibition of shortlisted artists’, Viophilia Gallery, Miami, US;
2015 July. ‘The Donkey Art Prize - exhibition of shortlisted artists’, Mostrami Factory (Folli 50 space), Milan, Italy;
2015 June-July. ‘Premio Combat Prize – exhibition of shortlisted artists’, Museo Civico G. Fattori ex Granai di Villa Mimbelli, Livorno, Italy;
2015 February. ‘Church’, The Rooster gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2014 November. ‘A Show as/on (Artistic) Research’, gallery ‘Malonioji 6?, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2014 October. ‘Telling Tales’, KUMU museum, Tallinn, Estonia;
2014 October. Exposition at international art fair YIA 2014, Paris, France;
2014 June – September. ‘Telling Tales’, National Art Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2014 June. International art fair ARTVILNIUS ’13, The Rooster gallery Vilnius, Litexpo, Lithuania;
2014 April. ‘Another shot’ exhibition of young Lithuanian painters, Representative office of the European Union in Moscow, Russia;
2014 March. ‘Another angle. Time limit’, Gallery ‘Arka’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2014 February-April. ‘Telling Tales’, CentrePasquArt, Biel, Switzerland;
2013 September – October. Exhibition by young Lithuanian painters in Embassy of the Republic of Lithuanian in Moscow, Russia;
2013 September. International contemporary art fair ART MOSCOW’13, The Rooster gallery, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia;
2013 September. SWITZERLAND MEETS LITHUANIA exhibition by Lithuanian painter Egle Karpaviciute and swiss painter Babs Ernst at Katapult gallery, Basel, Switzerland;
2013 June. International art fair ARTVILNIUS ’13, The Rooster gallery Vilnius, Litexpo, Lithuania;
2013 April. ‘Eurostandards’ exhibition of young painters at ‘Titanic’ exhibitions hall, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2013 March. ‘Eurostandards’ exhibition of young painters at VDU gallery ‘101’, Kaunas, Lithuania;
2012 October. ‘Young painters prize 2012’ finalists exhibition at ‘Titanic’ exhibitions hall, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2012 July. International workshop and exhibition ‘Sympozjum Rzeczpospolitej 2012’, Oronsk, Poland;
2012 July. International art fair ARTVILNIUS’12, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2012 June. Exhibition of Lithuanian painters in Dinard, France, at Galerie Mirko Maria Calderone;
2011 November. Exhibition of ‘The Sovereign European Art Price 2011’ competition finalists, Istanbul, Turkey;
2011 November. Group exhibition of artists from Lithuania and Poland ‘Gucio zaczarowany’ at ‘Pamenkalnio’ gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2011 October. ‘Young painters prize 2011’ finalists exhibition at ‘Titanic’ exhibitions hall, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2011 October. International art fair ‘Art international Zurich 2011’, Zurich, Switzerland;
2011 May. ‘License to create’ – group exhibition of postgraduate art studies students, gallery ,‘Akademija’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2011 April. ‘The young european artist network – international biennial of contemporary art’, Klaipeda’s culture and communication center, Klaipeda, Lithuania;
2011 March. Exhibition ‘Moonchild’ at ‘Ministry of Fluxus’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2011 February. ‘Upcoming’, exhibition of the ‘Young painters prize’ participants, Klaipeda’s culture and communication centre, Klaipeda, Lithuania;
2010 Auction of contemporary art at gallery ‘Vartai’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2010 Exposition at the festival ‘Warsaw is female’, Warsaw, Poland;
2010 November. ‘Eastern Girls: Lithuania & Poland’ at ‘Centrum Litewskie, Warsaw, Poland;
2010 October. ‘Young painters prize 2010’ finalists exhibition at ‘Pamenkalnio’ gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2010 September. ‘Zugzwang’ – exhibition of the youngest generation of Baltic artists at ‘CommuneArt’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2010 August. ‘Contemporary painting. Postevoliution’. Klaipeda’s culture and communication centre, Klaipeda, Lithuania;
2010 June. XIV Vilnius painting triennial: False recognition, Contemporary art center, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2010 December. ‘Global Art Room Competition’ at ‘Global Art Room’ gallery, Riga, Latvia;
2010 ‘From artists workshops’ at ‘Vartai’ gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2009 October. ‘New Prospect’, ‘Vartai’ gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2009 October. ‘Young painters prize 2010’ finalists exhibition at ‘Pamenkalnio’ gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2009 June. ‘Art cells’ group exhibition of Vilnius art academy graduates, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2009 May. ‘Brigada Kormoran’, The exhibition of paintings and video work at Vilnius Train station, Vilnius;
2007 ‘Estranged paintings’ – group exhibition of Vilnius Art Academy students at ‘Akademija’ and ‘Intro’ galleries, Vilnius, Lithuania;
2007 November. ‘Estranged paintings’ – exhibition of the youngest generation of Lithuanian and Polish artists at ‘Telsiai exhibitions hall’, Telsiai, Lithuania;
2007 June. ‘[In]visible’ – exhibition of the best students of Vilnius Art Academy at ‘Arts Printing House’, Vilnius, Lithuania;
Since May 2013 – a member of Lithuanian Professional Artists Union.
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