Vilmantas Marcinkevicius was born in 1969, in Kaunas, the second biggest town of Lithuania. His personal style was formed studying at Vilnius Academy of Art during the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The paintings distinguish themselves by vivid and unexpected colors, standardized figurative representations – with no excessive regard for anatomy – and the equally naive and simplified depictions of nature.
Although he creates spontaneously, every painting has its main theme. Marcinkevicius chooses the privilege of an artist to ask the viewer uncomfortable questions about history of nation, state and individual, price of political, economical and personal victories and losses. He invites the viewer to interpret the paintings using their own experience and point of view.
The artist has held 30 personal exhibitions in Lithuania, Denmark, France, Sweden and Fareo Islands. His works were exhibited in Copenhagen, Cologne and Gent art fairs.
Projects and awards
2009 – Saatchi showdown winner, London, UK
2006 – Neopopart in Lithuania in Art Centre “Studentu meno centras” participant
2005 – BITE Art Space, organizer, participant
2005 – Artist of the Year, Vartai Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
2004 – Artist of the Year, Daily “Lietuvos rytas” prize, Lithuania
2004 – Special Prize, Vilnius X Triennial of Painting, Vilnius, Lithuania
2001 – Artist of the Year, LAATGA prize, Vilnius, Lithuania
2000 – Artist of the Year, Viborg City Prize, Denmark
1998 – Second Prize, Hermis Bank art competition, Vilnius, Lithuania