Guntars Sietins ( 1962)
Guntars Sietiņš is the most outstanding master of Latvian contemporary graphic art, who chooses to work in the complex and time-consuming “black” technique of mezzotint, exhibits internationally, and is the recipient of a number of awards in international competitions.
In a series of prints from the final ten years the artist makes use of highly polished metal balls offering not only the element of perfect form that comes with a circle, but also the potential for including distorted reflections of reality. The artist is dealing with the relationship between the space and the volume, the darkness and the light. The objects depicted in the conditional landscapes levitate some where between the sky and the earth.
Guntars Sietins graduated from the Latvian Academy of Arts, the Department of Graphics in 1988. He has held 27 solo exhibitions and participated in over 144 group exhibitions worldwide. He has also received several international awards.
Guntars Sietins works in public collections - Latvian National Museum of Art (Riga / Latvia), Kuldiga Province Museum (Kuldiga / Latvia), M. K. Ciurlionis National Museum of Art, Mykolas Zilinskas Art Gallery (Kaunas / Lithuania), Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery (Kaunas / Lithuania), Estonian Art Museum (Tallinn / Estonia), State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow / Russia), Kaliningrad State Art Gallery (Kaliningrada / Russia), Kaliningrad State Art Gallery (Kaliningrada / Russia).