Kristi Kongi

Kristi Kongi (born in 1985, in Tallinn) is painter and installation artist whose work focuses on colour, light, and space. Her bright coloured paintings often take the form of impressive installations created for specific settings. Besides painting on canvas, plywood, walls, floors and ceiling, she also uses various cloured materials like fabrics, plexiglass to create her painting installations.

Specific places that the artist has visited or inhabited and her observations, emotions and memories are often the base of her paintings and installations. She likes to create space-in-space situations by transferring those memory-places to the exhibition space by self-invented transformations-systems. The latter arises from the painting experiments where Kristi tests different questions related to colour, light and shadow. Kristi has named those experiments “Exercises With the Moon” – an example of a poetic name, a kind of her paintings and installations often bear.

Kristi Kongi studied painting at Tartu Art College (BA, 2004-2008) and graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts painting department (MA, 2008-2011). She has been awarded Young Artist Prize (2011), Sadolin Art Prize (2013), Konrad Mägi Prize (2017) and nominated for the Köler Prize (2016). She is an associate professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts painting department.

See also Kristi Kongi on artists database of CCA (Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art)



Kristi Kongi (1985) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia.


2008-2011 Estonian Academy of Arts, Painting (MA)
2004-2008 Tartu Art College, Painting (BA)
2004 Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Fine Arts, Finland

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020 I See s Glow from the Seabed. It has No End, No Beginning. And the Colour Changes in Every Moment. Konteiner gallery, Kärdla, Hiiumaa, Estonia
2018 Secret Whistle in the Forest, with Mari-Leen Kiipli, Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
2018 Mapping the Jungle, Karen Huber Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
2018 Kristi Kongi in Dialogue with Kasper Bosmans. Alchemists, Artists, Cleaners and Others, with Kasper Bosmans, KUMU Art Museum exhibition space, Tallinn, Estonia
2018 Houses with Soul, Dedazo, Carrillo Puerto, Mexico
2017 Aberration. Exercises with Light and Shadow, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2016 Have You Seen Yourself, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2014 Then. Now. Between All Those Times, Tallinn City Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2014 Wish I Were a Bird, Orton Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2013 Andogynic Mind Machines, with Raoul Kurvitz, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2012 Wish I Were a Bird, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2012 HEAVEN, with Marta Stratskas, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2010 Transformer, Draakon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2010 You are My Meow, SooSoo Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Women Artists from Pallas 1919-2019. Curator Reet Pulk-Piatkowska, gallery Noorus, Tartu, Estonia
2019 Lines Composed During A Tour, Co-Lab Projects, Austin, United States of America
2017 Children of the New East, curated by Siim Preiman, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
2016 Nomadic Images, 16th International Painting Triennial, curated by Linas Liandzbergis, Museum of Applied Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
2016 The Great Painter, curated by Liisa Kaljula, Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu, Estonia
2016 Kilometre of Sculpture, curated by Anna Virtanen, Rakvere, Estonia
2016 Köler Prize exhibition of nominees, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
2014-2015 White Sheet – Three Visions, dFab, Riga Gallery, Riga, Latvia; Arka Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
2014 Can’t Go On. Must Go On, curated by Elin Kard and Mihkel Ilus, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
2014 Merike Estna & I’m a painting, curated by Merike Estna and Kati Ilves, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2014 Artishok Biennale. A+B=AB14, Mūkusalas Mākslas Salons, Riga, Latvia
2014 Is This the Museum We Wanted?,  curated by Rael Arter, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia
2013-2014 Young Painter Prize, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania
2013 Are We not Drawn to New Era, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia
2012 Speed of Darkness and Other Stories, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2012 Muuda oma meelt / Change Your Mind, Viljandi City Gallery, Viljandi, Estonia
2011 Young Painter Prize exhibition of finalists, Tatanikas, Vilnius, Lithuania
2011 Zugzwang, Culture Factory Polymer, Tallinn, Estonia
2010-2011 Girl Power, Artdepoo, Tallinn, Estonia
2010 Zugzwang, Commune Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
2010 Muutuv maalikunst / Painting in Process, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2010 193 x 292, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia


2016 Currency, curated by Gabriel Mestre, Tripitaka Water Bank, Kopenhagen, Denmark

Prizes and Scholarships

2017 Konrad Mägi prize
2016 Nominee of the Köler prize
2013 Sadolin Art Prize
2011 Young Artist Prize


2018 Dedazo residency, Carrillo Puerto, Mexico
2017 Research residency, Mexico City, Mexico
2016 De Liceiras, Porto, Portugal
2014 Samband Íslenkra Myndlistarmanna (SÍM), Reykjavik, Iceland


Kristi Kongi (ed.), Aberration. Exercises with light and shadow, 2017.
Annika Toots and Merilin Talumaa (eds.), Artists’ Spaces, Estonian Art Academy Press, 2017.
Kristi Kongi, Indrek Sirkel and Anu Vahtra (eds.), I haven’t moved my head from the pillow, Lugemik, 2015.
Compiled by artists, Can’t go on. Must go on, exhibition catalogue, 2014.
Kati Ilves and Merike Estna (eds.), Dear I’m a Painting / Always Yours Blue Lagoon, exhibition catalogue, 2014.


Kati Ilves, Kristi Kongi nostalgiaruumid, Magazine of Art and Visual Culture KUNST.EE, 2/2015.
Andreas Trossek, Kunstilugu, Vikerkaar, 3/2015.
Andreas Trossek, Kristi Kongi: Ma väga naudin pikalt mõtlemist ja asjade üle kaalumist, Magazine of Art and Visual Culture KUNST.EE, 1/2014.
Agnese Čivle, Kristi Kongi: Playing in the House of Color, Arterritory, 05.08.2011.

Works in Collections

Tartu Art Museum
Private collections in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, England, Italy

Mixed media on paper, 20.5 x 18 cm, 2020
250 €
Mixed media on paper, 20 x 18 cm, 2020
250 €
Mixed media on paper, 21.5 x 18 cm, 2020
250 €
Mixed media on paper, 19.5 x 18 cm, 2020
250 €
Mixed media on paper, 20 x 18 cm, 2020
250 €
Mixed media on paper, 21 x 18 cm, 2020
250 €
Mixed media on paper, 18 x 21 cm, 2020
250 €
Oil on canvas, 70 x 67 cm, 2020
2200 €
Oil on canvas, 33 x 33 cm, 2020
Oil on canvas, 66 x 55 cm, 2019
2200 €
Oil on canvas, 31 x 30 cm, 2019
950 €
Oil on canvas, 47 x 44 cm, 2019
1700 €
Mixed technique on canvas, 43 x 43 cm, 2019
1500 €
Oil on canvas, 31 x 34 cm, 2019
1100 €
Oil on canvas, 42 x 34 cm, 2018
1300 €
Oil on canvas, 44 x 37 cm, 2018
1300 €
Oil on canvas, 130 x 140 cm, 2017
4900 €
Oil on canvas, 30 x 31 cm, 2017
Oil on canvas, 30 x 31 cm, 2018
Oil on canvas, 35 x 35 cm, 2016
1100 €
Oil on canvas, 95 x 80 cm, 2016
3500 €
Oil on canvas, 50 x 55 cm, 2016
2000 €
Oil on canvas, 35 x 35 cm, 2016
1100 €
Oil on canvas, 30 x 29 cm, 2016
950 €
Oil on canvas, 35 x 35 cm, 2016
1100 €
Oil on canvas, 150 x 155 cm, 2014
6500 €
Oil on canvas, 182 x 190 cm, 2012
8700 €
Mixed technique on canvas, 175 x 150 cm, 2012
6500 €
Oil on canvas, 120 x 110 cm, 2012
4000 €
Mixed media on paper, 21 x 18 cm, 2020
250 €