ANDRIUS ZAKARAUSKAS

A particular tension is characteristic of Zakarauskas´ work: although his paintings are representational and figurative, what exactly is being portrayed is not concrete or clearly defined. The moderately marked figures in Zakarauskas´ paintings seem ephemeral. People become shadows fluttering in space or blend with them, turning into dark smudges on the Earth´s surface. The intensity of reality and illusion is fuelled further by motives of painting within a painting. The artist often portrays himself in a studio or a gallery, standing in front of his painted canvas. He is the author and the audience at the same time. Andrius Zakarauskas aims to provoke the spectator by making them question his artworks: if the motives were animate or inanimate in nature, if the works themselves are motives, or whether it´s both. Blurring the line between reality and fiction is a central theme of Zakarauskas´ paintings. The colours chosen by the artist, as well as his painting style, determine the vagueness of images and ideas. His dimmed monochrome palette is filled with nuanced matte grey and blue-grey tones, deep dark shades of black and brown. This gamut is brightened by little glowing accents of white, pink, teal, blue or light brown. The artist aims for an eloquent contrast between deep
dimension, achieved by glazing, and flat figures and objects, painted in expressive broad strokes. Another significant means of expression in Zakarauskas´ paintings is fragmented motives such as interior “framing”, zooming in on and enlarging the chosen details. Some fragments are enhanced cinematographically, other are almost fused with the surroundings by using particular painting tools. Zakarauskas erases the line between himself and the painting. He portrays a state of confusion and uncertainty, when there is no point of reference, because a more specific direction is not crystal clear yet. However, this emptiness filled with melancholy and anxiety is pulsating with life and magic of painting. Zakarauskas lives and works in Vilnius. He has exhibited in Germany, China, Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary and many other countries.

BIO
Born 1982 in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania.
CV
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2018
Wallscape, Magic Beans, Berlin, DE.
Artist Residency, Walter Storms Gallery Munich, Bamberg, DE.
Solo exhibition, Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art, Beiging, CHN.

2017
Bodybuilding, Gallery Artifex, Viluns, LTU.
Rough line, Lithuanian Martyno Mazvydas National Library, Vilnus,, LTU.
Perfect touch, Gallery Sechzig, Palais Lictenstein, Feldkirch, AUT.

2016
Mindbuilding, The Rooster Gallery, Vilnius, LTU.
Ligaments, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, LTU.
Synonym of remembrance, Gallery Pamenkalnis, Vilnius, LTU.

2015
Synonym of remembrance, Gallery Si Said, Klaipeda, LTU.

2014
In the Name Of, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, LTU.

2013
A proper place to find, VMU Gallery 101, Kaunas, LTU.

2012
ARTscape: Israel, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, LTU.
The Wrong side and the Right side, Gallery of the Fine Arts Academy, Gdansk, POL.

2010
Painting of landscape made in a drawing way, Vilnius Art Academy Gallery, Vilnius, LTU.

2009
ARTscape: Germany, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, LTU.

2008
Lern malen – Malunterricht, Gallery Andreas Binder, Munich, DE.

2008
Lern malen, Gallery Traghetto, Venice, IT.
It is possible the sunset of my revolution, Gallery Traghetto, Rome, IT.

2007
First Mention, Shultz Contemporary, Berlin, DE.

2007
Expositions, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, LTU.

2005
Accidents. I wish you were happy, Sv. Jono Street gallery, Vilnius, LTU.
Kliovas, Sv. Jono Street gallery, Vilnius, LTU.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Khora, from Gdansk to Vilnus / from Vilnus to Gdansk, Academy of Fine Arts, Art Academy Gdansk, POL.
My story, Pamenkalnio Gallery, Vilnus, LTU.
Mindbuilding, The Rooster Gallery, Vilnus, LTU.
Vilnius Painting Trienal, M. K. Ciurlionis Museum, Kaunas, LTU.

2016
On the table, The Rooster Gallery, Vilnius, LTU.
Zilvitis, Gallery Vartai, Vilnius, LTU.

2015
The Same Way of Seeing / Thinking, Lietuvos Dailininkų Sąjungos Gallery, Vilnius, LTU.
Lines, Gallery Meno forma, Kaunas, LTU.
→, 550, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, LTU.

2014
Young painter prize, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, LTU.
Create, Gallery Meno Forma, Kaunas, LTU.
The Same Way of Seeing / Thinking, VMU Gallery 101, Kaunas, LTU.

2013
Interaction, AQB, Budapest, HUN.

2012
Litauen Jetzt!, Feldkirch, AUT.
Virages, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, LTU.

2011
Polemicall small, Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipėda, LTU.
Tides of Change, Red Bull Hangar-7, Salzburg, AUT.
Art Vilnius, Young painter prize, Vilnius, LTU.

2010
Margins, Vilnius railway station, Vilnius, LTU.
Upcoming, Klaipėda Culture Cummunication Centre, Klaipėda, LTU.
Contemporary Art from Lithuania, European Central Bank, Frankfurt Rhine-Main, DE.

2009
Two painting traditions in Vilnius – abstrakcion and expresionism, Gallery Arka, Vilnius, LTU.
Young painter prize 2009, Pamėnkalnio Gallery, Vilnius, LTU.
Turbulence – three approaches, Vilnius city hall, Vilnius, LTU.

2008
Paperscreen, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, LTU.
Vilnius art scene after 2000, Latvian Art Museum, Arsenal, Riga, LVA.
Ost lockt / East up, Gallery Römerapotheke, Zürich, CHE.
Wspolczesna Sztuka Litwy Od Nowa, Bydgosc City Gallery, POL.
New German painters, Studio d’Arte Cannaviello, Milan, IT.

2007
1907:2007.Private conversations, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, LTU.
Core(a)kcions, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, LTU.
Familiar painting, Gallery Akademija, Vilnius, LTU.

2006
Gallery MittelEuropa, Stokholm, SWE.
Saviobjektai, Lithuanian Art Museum, Radvilai Palace, Vilnius, LTU.
Connections, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, LTU.
Workshop in Baltadvaris, St. Jono Street Gallery, Vilnius, LTU.
Double game, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, LTU.
Art Cologne, Gallery VARTAI, Cologne, DE.

2005
Entusiasts, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, LTU.
Dialogues and conflicts, gallery – club “Intro”, Vilnius, LTU.

2004

Genetics of painting, Gallery Akademija, Vilnius, LTU.

AWARDS

2011
Young Creator Award, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, LTU.

2009
Young Painter Prize, Vilnius, LTU.

ARTFAIRS

2017
YIA Art Fair, The Rooster Gallery, Paris, FR.
ArtVilnius, The Rooster Gallery, Vilnius, LTU.
Art Dubai, The Rooster Gallery, Dubai, UAE.
YIA Art Fair, The Rooster Gallery, Brussels, BEL.

2016
YIA Art Fair, The Rooster Gallery, Paris, FR.

2015
Artissima 2015, Gallery VARTAI, Torino, IT.
ViennaFair, Gallery VARTAI, Vienna, AUT.

2014
ViennaFair, Gallery VARTAI, Vienna, AUT.

2013
ViennaFair, Gallery VARTAI, Vienna, AUT.

2012
Slick Brussels, Gallery VARTAI, Brussels, BEL.
ViennaFair, Gallery VARTAI, Vienna, AUT.

2011
ViennaFair, Gallery VARTAI, Vienna, AUT.

2009
Art Amsterdam, Andreas Binder Gallery, Amsterdam, NL.

2008
Scope Miami, Andreas Binder Gallery, Miami, USA.
ArtVerona, Traghetto gallery, Verona, IT.

2007
Art Cologne, Gallery VARTAI, Cologne, DE.
Cornice Art fair, Gallery VARTAI, Venice, IT.
Scope Basel, Andreas Binder Gallery, Basel, CHE.
Scope Miami, Andreas Binder Gallery, Miami, USA.

2006
Art Cologne, Gallery VARTAI, Cologne, DE.