Girts Muiznieks ( 1956 )
Girts Muiznieks is convinced that “painting has no content whatsoever, and that’s why it should be perceived emotionally”. For his creative impulse can be anything – women eyes and lips, a lady with a cigarette, accidentally heard sonorous French word or a secret of perfume, an old photo or a porcelain figurine spotted in the window of an antique shop:
“I think in characters rather than drawings. And that should not be repeated. But when I actually start to paint a specific canvas, everything changes.” – Girts Muiznieks.
“Girts Muiznieks’ expressive painting is characterized by impulsiveness, improvisation and a refinement of colour. When he began taking part in exhibitions, the “temperament and powerful colour” of his painting attracted attention. His work was labelled “spontaneous painting”, and it was noted right away that “alla prima studies create the freest artists”. His art is often compared to poetry. He works on the floor: pouring, dripping and flooding paints one on top of the other, so that the colour fields and line rhythms create a new reality full of associations”- Viktor Misiano, 2015.
Girts Muiznieks (1956) has graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia (1982). During this time, he vividly entered the art scene, together with the young artists of his generation completely changing the traditional Latvian art scene.
Since 1992, Girts Muiznieks has organized 15 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 50 group show in Latvia and abroad.
Girts Muiznieks has been nominated for the Purvitis Award for his solo exhibition “Hair” (2009, Galerija 21), his works in the contemporary art exhibition at the Cesis Art Festival (2007) and his solo exhibition “Salut!” (2007, Latvian National Museum of Art).
Girts Muiznieks works are in public collections in Latvian National Museum of Art (Riga, Latvia), Art Museum of the Artists' Union of Latvia (Riga, Latvia), Georgian Museum of Art (Tbilisi, Georgia), European Central Bank (Frankfurt, Germany), State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia), Russian Ministry of Culture (Moscow, Russia).