Egidijus Radvenskas

Artist Statement

I studied and graduated from design programme, but life has brought me to clay and firing kilns.

In my ceramic artwork I am consistent in search of form and thought. Each time when I looking at the phenomenon, I try to see something what I failed to see before. The cycles of my works demonstrate how different ideas intertwine. I does not look for them intentionally but tray to catch things lingering in the air.

Indeed I find the material even more important than idea, because it is material that determines my following steps. In wrestling with the material one discovers ideas. At this stage I combine refractory bricks with other materials, such as clay, wood, metal (series - "Artefacts" 2011, "Reconstruction of (in)Significant Objects" 2011, "Reflections" 2015).

I employ irony and sarcasm in my artwork, not with a purpose of preaching but in order to bring up some painful questions and sores.

-- Egidijus Radvenskas

Bio

Born in 1961 in Lithuania

In 1985 he graduated from Vilnius Fine Arts Academy, where he studied design.

Since 1988 he has participated in numerous exhibitions and symposiums in Lithuania and abroad (Austria, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Spain).

Since 1997 he has been a member of the Lithuanian Artists‘ Association.

He has arranged 12 solo exhibitions, participated in more than 100 selected group exhibitions, 18 art residences, plenairs and symposiums.

Since 1989 (until now) participates in Panevėžys International Ceramic symposium organization (as a technical assistant) and since 2010 also as Panevėžys Civic Art Gallery International Ceramic symposium collection exposition designer and organizer of collection‘s presentation in Lithuania and abroad.

The main creative fields – ceramics sculpture, objects, installations. He has created works for public buildings interiors. Creative work is characterized by conceptual, innovative approach to ceramics, dominates sculptural form and plastic, often connects various and unconventional materials.

His works are included in the collections of Lithuanian Art Museum, Panevėžys Civic Art Gallery - ceramic collection of International Ceramic symposiums, V.Valiušis Ceramic Museum, private collections in Lithuania and abroad.

The artist has won the following awards: First Prize and prof. Liudvikas Strolis Endowment at the 1st Vilnius Ceramic Art Biennial in 2010, Personal State Grant of the republic of Lithuania in 2011, 2015, Panevezys municipality scholarship for artists in 2013, Nomination of a Person of a Year of Panevėžys in culture district in 2010, 4th Vilnius Ceramic Art Biennial diploma in 2016.

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