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Elīna Vītola

installation, painting, performance

Elīna Vītola (b. 1986) is an artist based in Riga. Her conceptual and visually vibrant work varies from paintings to complex communal installations involving several other artists and creative practitioners. Classically trained as a painter at the Art Academy of Latvia (BA and MA), Vītola has taken up this medium as a companion in her artistic journey to disentangle some issues that are connected with her identity as an artist and the art world in general and to build new platforms for other artists. She has worked both as an artist and as a curator in organisations such as the Monumental Cafe and Low Gallery in Riga. Vītola has participated in exhibitions at the Latvian National Museum of Art, Kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga, Tallinn Art Hall, Kogo Gallery in Tartu and P/////AKT in Amsterdam. In 2018, she received the Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award and in 2021 was shortlisted for the Purvītis Prize. Her works are in the collections of the Latvian National Museum of Art and the European Patent Office Collection.

 

Press and Publications

Galerii: Kogo galeriis avati tõsist huumorit käsitlev näitus

ERR kultuur. 25/01/2024

Food-themed community program to launch at Tallinn Art Hall

ERR uudised. 19/08/2023

Rīga Confidential: A compact art fair at Kim?

Art Viewer. 30/07/2023

Galerii: Kogo galeriis avati näitus “Triquetra” 

ERR kultuur. 20/06/2023

Kunstnik Darja Popolitova: nukisõrmused tasakaalustavad kättemaksuhimu

Ode Maria Punamäe. ERR kultuur. 29/05/2023

Kanal galerii talvise näituseperioodi konkursi võitsid Eva Mustonen ja Elīna Vītola

ERR kultuur. 22/08/2022

Photo reportage from the exhibition ‘Let’s Find A Way: Off-Season’ by Eva Mustonen and Elīna Vītola at Kanal gallery

Echo Gone Wrong. 12/12/2022

Black Market at Kim?

Art Viewer. 16/01/2021

Purvītis Prize 2021 Nominee work exhibition at the Latvian National Museum of Art

Arterritory. 04/06/2021

SPECIAL FEATURE: NADA Miami 2020 (part 2)

Art Viewer. 04/12/2020

Ieva Kraule-Kūna & Elīna Vītola at P/////AKT

Art Viewer. 17/12/2020

2020: Umbluu, the first-ever Tallinn Biennial and bold young art

NOBA. 23/12/2020

Tallinna Biennaalil avatakse kriisikeskus kannatavatele kunstnikele ja nende teostele

Triinu Soikmets. NOBA. 18/06/2020

‘Sol LeWitt’s WD #719’ by Elīna Vītola and Amanda Ziemele at 427, Riga
TZVETNIK, 2020

Artist Crisis Center’ by Ieva Kraule-Kūna and Elīna Vītola at Gallery LOW, Riga

Tzvetnik. 2019

‘Commission’ by Marta Trektere (Elīna Vītola, Amanda Ziemele) at Riga circus elephant stables, Riga
TZVETNIK, 2019

Baltikumi noore kunstniku auhinna tänavune laureaat on lätlanna Elina Vitola

Gerli Nõmm. ERR kultuur. 26/10/2018

Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award 2018 goes to Latvian painter

NOBA. 29/10/2018

The destiny of a young artist is decided by curators and other art workers, pure luck and random

NOBA 29/10/2018

Par Ziemeļvalstu un Baltijas 2018. gada labāko jauno mākslinieku atzīta gleznotāja Elīna Vītola

Satori. 26/10/2018

“Common issues in painting and every-day life: crapstraction” by Elīna Vītola at Kogo Gallery

Echo Gone Wrong. 22/10/2018

 Balti- ja Põhjamaade noore kunsti auhind Elīna Vītolale
Egle Loor. Sirp, 09/11/2018

Tõejärgse ajastu tõejärgne kunst
Tanel Rander. Sirp, 17/03/2017

Romantiline Ida–Euroopa Lääne moodi
Eva-Erle Lilleaed. Postimees, 21/03/2017

CV

Elīna Vītola, born in 1986, lives and works in Riga, Latvia.

Education

2018 Art Academy of Latvia, Painting (MA)
2015 Art Academy of Latvia, Painting (BA)
2006 Janis Rozentals Riga Art High School, qualification Illustrator

Solo Exhibitions

2023 Parasites with Flo Kasearu. Curators David Falkner, Bori Soos. Dorich House, London, UK. 
2022 Let’s Find a Way: Off-season with Eva Mustonen. Kuraator Stella Mõttus, Kanal gallery, Võru, Estonia. 
2021 Feet of Clay with Andris Eglītis and Uģis Albiņš. Curator Margrieta Griestiņa, MABOCA gallery, Visuma Centrs 2, Madona, Latvia. 
2020 Artist Crisis Center II: Tact Gear, with Ieva Kraule- Kūna. P/////AKT, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2020 Artist Crisis Center. Nutritional Guide. Together with Ieva Kraule-Kūna and Daria Melnikova. ARS Factory, Tallinn, Estonia.
2020 Sol LeWitt’s WD #719with Amanda Ziemele,  427, Riga, Latvia.
2019 Commissionwith Amanda Ziemele and Marta Trektere. Elephant Stables at Riga Circus, Latvia.
2019 Common  Issues in Painting and Everyday Life – Solo Exhibition. ARSENĀLS Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia.
2019 Artist Crisis Center with Ieva Kraule- Kūna. LOW gallery, Riga, Latvia.
2019 Common Issues in Painting and Everyday Life -The Booth. Art Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2019 Monumental Café with Amanda Ziemele. Maboca Festival, Madona, Latvia.
2018 Common Issues in Painting and Everyday Life: Content. Careva contemporary, Riga, Latvia.
2018 Common Issues in Painting and Everyday Life: Crapstraction. Kogo gallery, Tartu, Estonia.
2017 Common Issues in Painting and Everyday Life 3 — Landscape. Kolekcionārs, Riga, Latvia.
2017 Dunno on the moon. 427 Gallery, Riga, Latvia.
2013 no/birches/inside/me Vol.2. Kuupmeetri Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia,

Group Exhibitions

2024 Octopus Rococo. Curator Šelda Puķīte, Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia. 
2023 Power. Curators Marje Taska, Reet Varblane. Kadriorg Art Museum and Park, Tallinn, Estonia. 
2023 Hold Me Tender. Curator Siim Preiman, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia. 
2023 Heads of Stone. Curator Madara Peiseniece, Daugava museum, Dole Island, Latvia.
2022 Islands of Hope. Curator Madara Peiseniece, Dole Island, Latvia. 
2022 Savage. Curator Andris Eglītis, Drusti Parish, Latvia. 
2021 Survival Kit 21. Curators Joanna Warsza, Övül Ö. Durmușoğlu. Eduards Smiļģis Theatre Museum, Riga, Latvia. 
2020 Black Market. Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia.
2020 Daria Melnikova’s Palette: Three-legged Evidence. Manifesta 13 Biennial / Les Parallèles du Sud, Marseille, France.
2020 Time to Dream or Fear? Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia.
2019 Black Market. Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia.
2019 When the Hunger Starts. Project Space Festival, Berlin, Germany.
2018 Viewing and Reading Room. Curated by Liina RausKogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia.
2018 MA graduation exhibition, Art Academy of Latvia, Riga, Latvia.
2017 Children of the New East. Curated by Siim Preiman. Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia.
2017 Bikini Zona. Jūrmala City Museum, Jūrmala, Latvia.
2016 Too Far East is West. Alūksne, Latvia.
2015 Apzīmētājs. Tobacco factory, Riga, Latvia.
2013 Elīna+Madara 0123456789. Art Academy of Latvia, Riga, Latvia.
2012 Warning. Gallery L, Riga, Latvia.

Prizes

2018 Nordic and Baltic Young Artist Award, Grand Prix
Works
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Mural on the wall in acrylic ink, industrial alcyd on canvas panel, 2017-2018
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Pigment fused on glass, 200 x 100 cm, 2023
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Pigment fused on glass, 200 x 100 cm, 2023
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Pigment fused on glass, 200 x 100 cm, 2023
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Blown glass, modified perfume, 10 x 10 x 13 cm, 2023
1000 €
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