Kristi Kongi


Kristi Kongi (born 1985) studied painting in Tartu, Tallinn, and Lahti and currently lives and works in Tallinn.

The central theme, material, and inspiration of Kongi’s art practice is color. Despite the fact that Kongi’s works seem, at first glance, to be joyful and energetic, they do not have accidental or solely spontaneous color expression. The visual language of her paintings, which are easy to quickly define as examples of geometric abstraction, revolves around systemic studies of light and color, being in particular analytic and organised. Kongi is a watchful observer, keen on conducting experiments and making intelligent conclusions, whose work results in a canvas or site-specific installation. Kongi’s painted spatial installation “The Confectionery Factory” could be permanently seen in the lobby of the Tartu Art Museum.

Kong has awarded the Young Artist Award in 2011, Sadolin Art Award 2013, she was nominated for the Köler Prize in 2016 and she won the Konrad Mägi Prize in 2017.

More info on Kristi Kongi’s webpage.


Photo reportage from the exhibition by Kristi Kongi and Mari-Leen Kiipli at the Kogo gallery
Echo Gone Wrong. 22/11/2018

Kristi Kongi and Kasper Bosmans at Kumu Art Museum
Art Viewer. 08/10/2018

The pictorial world of Kristi Kongi
Severine Grosjean. VHMOR. 08/07/2018

Kristi Kongi: I do enjoy ling contemplation and pondering over things
Andreas Trossek. Magazine of Art and Visual Culture in Estonia KUNST.EE. 1/2014


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

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 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

Selected Artworks
Landscape With the Sky and the Moon
The Summer
Electric Wind
The Window Could Be Open to Be Heard
Secret Whistle in the Forest
On Warm Horizon. How to Read a Jungle?
Clouds in the Giant Building
Topography of Broken Dreams
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Kristi Kongi
Landscape With the Sky and the Moon
Oil on canvas
34 x 42 cm

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Kristi Kongi
The Summer
Oil on canvas
35 x 35 cm

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Kristi Kongi
Electric Wind
Oil on canvas
37 x 44 cm

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Kristi Kongi
The Window Could Be Open to Be Heard
Oil on canvas
55 x 55 cm

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Kristi Kongi
Clouds in the Giant Building
Õli lõuendil
29 x 30 cm

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