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GUNTARS SIETINS (1962)

Born on 23 October 1962 in Kuldiga / Latvia.

Graphic artist. Participant of exhibitions since 1986.
The Head of the Department of Graphic Art (since 1999),professor (since 2004) at the Latvian Academy of Art.

EDUCATION

1998   MA, Latvian Academy of Art
1988   Gold Medal of the USSR Academy of Art for the graduation project
1982-1988   Latvian Academy of Art, Department of Graphic Art
1978-1982   Riga Applied Art School, Department of Decorative Design

 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

"Squaring the Circle", Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia

2016

"Reale surreale. István Orosz e Guntars Sietiņš", Gallery dell’Inisione, Brescia / Italy

"Illusion and Reality",Kuldiga Art House, Kuldiga / Latvia

"István Orosz / Guntars Sietins - Sulle Orme di Escher", A100 Gallery, Galatina / Italy*

"István Orosz and Guntars Sietins. On Eschers Traces", Palazzo Viceconte, Matera / Italy

"Characters and Signs", Gallery Engram, Katowice / Poland*

2015

"István Orosz and Guntars Sietins – Sulle Orme di Escher", Provincial Art Gallery of Potenza / Italy

2014   

"Reality, Fascination, Illusion. István Orosz and Guntars Sietins", Koller Gallery, Budapest

2013

"Fire Wall", Gallery Maksla XO, Riga / Latvia

"Characters", Gallery Manière Noire, Berlin / Germany

2012

"Characters", Gallery Kairė-Dešinė, Vilnius Graphic Art Centre, Vilnius / Lithuania

2011

"Unicode II", Gallery Mare Liberum, Hamburg / Germany

2009

„Eclipse", Gallery M6, Riga / Latvia

2008

„Unicode", Gallery Daugava, Riga / Latvia

2007

Gallery "Grafikos galerija", Kaunas / Lithuania.

2006

Gallery Kustlerhaus Hohenossig, Leipzig / Germany.

Grafikens Hus Gallery, Mariefred / Sweden.

Samlargrafik Gallery, Fjalkinge / Sweden.

2003   

"Black No. 55981", State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.

1999   

"Sub Rosa", Ivonna Veiherte Gallery, Riga / Latvia.

1998   

Gallery "Fotostudja 1", Boston / USA.

1997   

Klasen's Foundation Gallery, Västervik / Sweden.

Kuldiga Province Museum, Kuldiga / Latvia.

1996   

Riga Gallery, Riga / Latvia.

1993   

Gallery Bastejs, Riga / Latvia.

M. K. Ciurlionis National Museum of Art, Mykolas Zilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas / Lihuania. (together with Andrejs Kalnacs).

Gallery Vartai, Vilnius / Lithuania (together with Andrejs Kalnacs).

 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
ART VILNIUS 2019, Art Acadamy of Latvia, Vilnius / Lithuania*

2017

4th International Mezzotint Festival, Ekaterinburg / Russia*

3rd International Silk Road Arts Festival, Xi’an / China*

"The Pasts Future", A. Žmuidzinavičius Creations and Collections Museum, Kaunas / Lithuania

2016

Expanding the Scope of Printmaking: Tayouan International Exhibition / Taiwan*

3rd International Silk Road Arts Festival, Xi’an / China*

‘Tallin Print Triennial. The Winners’, Vilnius Graphic Art Centre / Lithuania

2015

2nd International Silk Road Arts Festival, Xi’an / China*

1st Kaunas International Printmaking Biennial, Kaunas / Lithuania*

4th Bangkok Triennial. International Print and Drawing Exhibition / Thailand*

"Europe in the Sign", Cremona / Italy*

International Print Triennial, Krakow / Poland*

"Anthology of Latvian Printmaking. 20th and 21st Centuries", Krasnoyarsk / Russia

"Love Never Ends", the Centre for Contemporary Art in Minsk / Belarus

2014   

„Perspective of the Solar System”, Latvian National Museum of Art, Exhibition Hall Arsenals, Riga/Latvia*

ART. FAIR, Maksla XO Gallery, Cologne / Germany*

"Time of the Mezzotint. Colors Beyond the Stars", Yozo Hamaguchi Museum / Tokyo

"The Secret of Mezzotint, Art of Darkness", Epreuve d’Artiste Gallery, Antwerp / Belgium

"Tribuna Graphic", Cluj-Napoca / Romania

"GRAFIKA-S, Latvian Contemporary Graphic Art", Riga Art Space

2013

"Interactions", AQB Budafok, Budapest / Hungary

Nord Art 2013, Carlshütte / Germany*

"Grafik aus Lettland", Saale Gallery, Saalfeld / Germany

"Transition", at LIA (Leipzig International Art Programme) / Germany

2012

International Print Triennial, Krakow / Poland*

"Time of the Mezzotint", Creative Workshop, Arsenals Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia

"Grafik aus Lettland", Graphic Museum, Bad Steben / Germany

2011

"Von Kaiserblau bis Luxusschwarz", Graphic Museum, Bad Steben / Germany

"Preview Berlin", exhibition of Gallery Maksla XO, Berlin / Germany

"Point of View III", Gallery Art Promotion 02, Liebshausen / Germany

"Grrrafik 2011", Malmö / Sweden

"Thick Space", at the Latvian National Museum of Art, Arsenals Exhibition Hall, Riga / Latvia

2010

International print exhibition ‘Laureates of International Print Triennial – Krakow 2009’, Dalarnas Museum, Falun / Sweden

Art Exhibition ’Time’ in Exhibition Hall ‘Pinakoteka’, Riga / Latvia

2009

International Print Triennial, Cracow / Poland.*

15th Space International Print Biennial, Seoul / Korea.*

„Noir de Noir", ArchivArte Gallery, Bern / Switzerland.

„Druck Kunst x 15" (Artistic Prints), Museum of the Printing Arts Leipzig / Germany.

„Metabolism: Contemporary Graphic Art", Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.*

2008

The 7th International Kochi Triennial of Prints, Kochi / Japan.*

 "Power and man 2", Exhibition of Printmaking from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Gallery of The Artists' Union of Latvia, Riga / Latvia.

The 2nd Bangkok Triennale. International of Print and Drawing Exhibition / Thailand.*

1st Printmaking Triennial „Bridges Over the Mediterranean and the Baltic", Printmaking Center Helios, Municipality of Neapolis, Thesaloniki / Greece.*

 "Ars Baltica'08", Gallery Berchtoldvilla, Salzburg / Austria.*

30th Graphic Art Fair (Leipziger Grafikbörse), Leipzig / Germany.

The 9th International Graphic Art Biennial "Kaliningrad-Königsberg " / Russia.*

Print exhibition „Masters of Mezzotint", Larry Warnock Fine Arts San Francisco / USA.

2007

Aomori Print Triennial / Japan.*

Art International Zurich 2007 9th International Fair of 20th and 21st Century Art / Switzerland

International print exhibition „ The Soul of the black manner" Trento / Italy.*

Art exhibition „Durch Kunst Brucken schlagen", Fraunhofer center, Leipzig, Germany.

International print exhibition "A World in Black and White / Un Monde en Noir et Blanc ",

"Maison des Arts et de la Culture de Brompton", Quebec; "la Galerie d'art de l'Alliance Française", Ottawa; À I'Atelier Alain Piroir, Montreal / Canada. *

2006

"Power and man", Exhibition of Printmaking from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Novas Gallery, London / United Kingdom.

„Print of the Month", Nordens Ljus Gallery, Stockholm / Sweden.

Latvian Print Exhibition, Ebeling Museum, Torshälle / Sweden.

"Black and White", Gallery M6, Riga / Latvia.

2005

Art exhibition "Ars Baltica", Gallery Berchtoldvilla, Salzburg / Austria.*

International Print Biennial, Varna / Bulgaria.*

2004

Contemporary Art Fair (AAF), New York / USA.

International art exhibition www.transeuropa, Vienna / Austria.*

International art exhibition "Paprvarázs/Papermagic", Budapest / Hungary.

28th Graphic Art Fair (Leipziger Grafikbörse), Leipzig / Germany.

Art exhibition "Still life", State Museum of Art, exhibition hall "Arsenals", Riga / Latvia.*

Latvian Art Exhibition, National Art Museum, Pekin / China.

2003

International print exhibition "Eurografik", Kiev / Ukraine.*

Exhibition of the 12. Saxonian Print Symposium (12. Sächsisches Druckgrafik-Symposion), Artists' Union of Latvia Gallery, Riga / Latvia.

Masters of mezzotint. Prints by Anti Ratalahti, Anti Salokannel, Guntars Sietins, Duetto Gallery, Helsinki / Finland

International Print Triennial, Cracow / Poland.*

"Labirintas", Gallery Vartai, Vilnius, Lithuania. *

2002   

The 12th Space International Print Biennial, Seoul / Korea.*

Exhibition of the 12. Saxonian Print Symposium (12. Sächsisches Druckgrafik-Symposion), Leipzig / Germany.*

2001   

Biennial of European Illustrations, Aki / Japan.*

The 10th International Biennial of Print and Drawing, Taipei / Taiwan.*

"The Face of Graphic Art", Riga Gallery, Riga / Latvia.

The 12th Tallinn Print Triennial, Tallina / Estonia.*

Multimedia art exhibition "Metropolis. Riga", Riga Stock Exchange Building, Riga / Latvia.*

The 11th International Print Biennial, Varna / Bulgaria.*

"Living Faces in Japan 2001-1. Prints of Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Japan", Suzaka Hanga Museum, Suzaka / Japan.

2000

International Print Triennial, Cracow / Poland.*

The 6th International Graphic Art Biennial "Kaliningrad-Königsberg ", Russia.*

Teacher Art Exhibition of the Graphic Art Department (Latvian Academy of Art), Reuthern House, Riga / Latvia.

1999

The 2nd Engraving Biennial of Ile-de-France, Versailles / France.*

International Print Exhibition "Premio Biella per L'Incisione", Biella / Italy.*

The 73rd Annual International Competition in Printmaking, Philadelphia Print Center, Philadelphia / USA.*

The 4th International Kochi Triennial of Prints, Kochi / Japan.*

"Contemporary Print", Keystone College Gallery, Keystone / Pennsylvania / USA.

Exhibition of the Chamber of Print, Reuthern House, Riga / Latvia.

The 5th International Biennial of Drawing and Graphic Arts, Györ / Hungary.

The 12th Norwegian International Print Triennial, Fredrikstad / Norway.*

"La Manière Noire", Galerie Michèle Broutta, Paris / France.

The 10th International Print Biennial, Varna / Bulgaria.*

1998

The 11th Tallinn Print Triennial, Tallinn / Estonia.*

The 5th International Graphic Art Biennial "Kaliningrad-Königsberg 98", Kaliningrad / Russia.*

Latvian Art Exhibition "Harmony", Tel Aviv / Israel.

Latvian Art Exhibition, Barcelona / Spain.

Felicien Rops International Printmaking Competition, Felicien Rops Museum, Namur / Belgium.*

"The Best of Printmaking of International Collection", Anya Tish Gallery, Houston / Texas / USA.

1997

Osaka Triennial 1997-Print, Osaka / Japan.*

The 19th International Independent Exhibition of Print, Kanagawa / Japan.*

The 9th International Print Biennial, Varna / Bulgaria.*

International Print Triennial, Cracow / Poland.*

International Print Exhibition "Intergrafia '97 - World Award Winners Gallery", Katovice / Poland.*

Latvian Print Exhibition (Andrejs Kalnachs, Guntras Sietins, Nele Zirnite), Gallery Vartai, Vartai / Lithuania.

Contemporary Print of Latvia, Estonian National Library, Tallinn / Estonia.

Contemporary Art of Latvia, Strassbourg / France; Paris / France.*

1996

"Geo-Geo", the 4th Annual Exhibition of the Soros Center of Contemporary Art-Riga,

Pedvale / Latvia.

International Print Exhibition "Premio Biella per L'Incisione", Biella / Italy.*

The 4th International Grapic Art Biennial "Kaliningrad-Königsberg 96", Kaliningrad / Russia.*

The 4th International Biennial of Graphic Art, Beograd / Yugoslavia.*

The 4th International Engraving Bieannial Prize and Contest, Caixa Ourense / Spain.*

1995

The 8th International Print Biennial, Varna / Bulgaria.*

The 10th Tallinn Print Triennial, Tallinn / Estonia.*

The 11th Norwegian International Print Triennial, Fredrikstad / Norway.*

The 2nd Baltic Sea States Graphic Art Triennial, Gdansk / Poland.*

The 18th International Independent Exhibition of Prints, Kanagawa / Japan.*

Contemporary Print of Latvia, Estonian National Library, Tallinn / Estonia.

Contemporary Print of Latvia, State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia.

"The Black Print of Riga", Gallery Laipa, Valmiera / Latvia.

1994

International Print Triennial, Cracow / Poland.*

International Print Exhibition "Intergrafia '94 - World Award Winners Gallery", Katovice / Poland.

Art of Latvia, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Chamalières / France.*

Contemporary Prints from Latvia and Bulgaria, Print Club, Philadelphia / Pennsylvania / USA; Art Gallery of University of Southern Maine / Portland / USA.*

Exhibition of Contemporary Print of Latvia, Halle / Germany.*

1993

The 1st Egyptian International Print Triennial, Giza / Egypt.

The 1st International Print Biennial, Maastricht / The Netherlands.*

International Print Exhibition "Premio Biella per L'Incisione", Biella / Italy.*

All-Latvian Art Action "EP!" - print exhibitions in 33 towns of Latvia.*

"Feeling No. 30", Art Museum Arsenals, Riga / Latvia.

Latvian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Brandenburg / Germany.

Exhibition of Works by Young Latvian Artists from Latvia and Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Brisbane / Australia.*

Baltic Sea States Print Triennial, Dalarna Museum, Falun / Sweden.*

1992

The 9th Tallinn Print Triennial, Tallinn / Estonia.*

The 10th Norwegian International Print Triennial, Fredrikstad / Norway.*

The 1st Baltic Sea States Graphic Art Triennial, Gdansk / Poland.*

The 17th International Independent Exhibition of Prints, Kanagawa / Japan.*

The 10th Baltic Sea States Graphic Triennial, Stockholm / Sweden.*

1991

International Print Triennial, Cracow / Poland.*

International Print Exhibition "Intergrafia '91", Katovice / Poland.

Print Exhibition of Young Artists from Latvia, Pence Gallery, Davis / California / USA.

1989

The 13th Republican Print Exhibiton, Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia.

The 8th Tallinn Print Triennial / Estonia.*

1988

The 4th Young Baltic Artists' Exhibition, Vilnius / Lithuania.*

* catalogue

 

INTERNATIONAL JURIES AND CURATOR WORK

2011
International Jury Member at the 10th International Graphic Art Biennial ‘Kaliningrad–Königsberg’, Kaliningrad / Russia

2008
Curator of the Latvia's exhibition at the 9th International Graphic Art Biennial ‘Kaliningrad–Königsberg’, Kaliningrad / Russia

2006
Curator of Latvian Print Exhibition, Ebeling Museum, Torshälle / Sweden

2005
International Jury Member at the 8th International Graphic Art Biennial ‘Kaliningrad–Königsberg’, Kaliningrad / Russia

2004
Curator of the Latvia's exhibition (togather with Juris Petraskevics) at the 13th Tallinn Print Triennial

2004-2005
Latvian curator of the International Young Artists Project ‘Network Baltic’

 

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

2017

Prize at the 4th International Mezzotint Festival, Ekaterinburg / Russia

2009

Award of the Rector of the Warszawa Academy of Fine Arts at the Cracow International Print Triennial, Poland

Purshase Prize at the 15th Space International Print Biennial, Seoul, Korea

2008

The 1st Prize at the 1st Printmaking Triennial, Thesaloniki, Greece

2007

Jury's Encouragement Prize at the Aomori Print Triennial, Aomori / Japan.

1998

The Public Prize at the Felicien Rops International Printmaking Competition, Namur / Belgium.

1995

The 1st Prize at the 8th International Print Biennial, Varna / Bulgaria.

Prize at the 10th Tallinn Print Triennial, Tallinn / Estonia.

Honorable Mention at the 11th Norwegian International Print Triennial, Fredrikstad / Norway.

1993

The Jury Prize at the 1st International Print Biennial, Maastricht / The Netherlands.

1989

Diploma at the 8th Tallinn Print Triennial

 

PUBLICATIONS

‘The Mezzotint Technique in Contemporary Graphics’ – Madrid, Grabado y Edicion, No 39, 2013

‘The Prospects of Emerging Artists in Graphic Art’ – Pure Print, Book Art Edition (Encuentro Internacional de Libro-Arte), Porto, Portugal, 2016

 
WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia

Kuldiga Province Museum, Kuldiga / Latvia

M. K. Ciurlionis National Museum of Art, Mykolas Zilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas / Lithuania

Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn / Estonia

The Art Museum of Cluj-Napoca, Romania

‘Ala Ponzone’ City Museum, Cremona, Italy

State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow / Russia

Kaliningrad State Art Gallery, Kaliningrada / Russia

Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, Ekaterinburg, Russia

Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, USA