The garden of colours is infinitely deep and distant

The garden of colours is infinitely deep and distant

Oil on canvas
70 x 95 cm

Kristi Kongi is an artist represented by the Kogo Gallery, who recently got nominated for the artist’s salary in Estonia, which will allow her to devote to her work over the next three years.

This particular painting comes from Kristi Kongi’s recent solo exhibition “Shimmering star Magenta. Was it a dream or was it real?” at Kogo gallery in 2021.  The show was designed by painting the walls of the gallery with different colours and shapes and thus turning the whole gallery into a painting. The individual works placed in this room created an interesting “painting in painting, space in space” effect. And even more, all these smaller and bigger paintings in this exhibition were amazingly spatial as this painting with a motif reminiscent of an arch that leads us to an endlessly deep and distant garden of colours.

In the 2021/3 issue of KUNST.EE, Elnara Taidre provides a thorough overview of Kristi Kongi’s painting practices in the recent years. The magazine is available in Kogo gallery.

Take a look at Kristi Kongi’s solo exhibition „Shimmering star Magenta. Was it a dream or was it real?


About the artist

Kristi Kongi (born 1985) is a painter and installation artist whose work focuses on colour, light, and space. Her bright coloured paintings often take the form of impressive installations made for specific settings creating effect that Estonian art critic Elnara Taidre described as “painting within a painting” or meta-painting. Besides painting on canvas, walls, floors and ceilings, she also uses various coloured materials such as fabric, plywood and acrylic plastic to create her installations. Her works are based on specific or imagined places, and her observations, emotions and memories. Kristi Kongi is using thorough research and experiments in painting where she trials various colours, light and shade. Artist refers to these experiments as “Exercises with the moon”. Her work is both poetic – this is also expressed in the titles – as well as systematic and analytical.

Kristi Kongi studied painting at Tartu Art College (2004–2008) and completed her master’s degree in painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts (2008–2011). She has been awarded the Young Artist Prize (2011), Sadolin Art Award (2013), Konrad Mägi Prize (2017), Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2021) and in 2016 was nominated for the Köler Prize. Kristi Kongi is an associate professor in the painting department at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Occasionally she also works as a curator and exhibition designer.

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

More works by this artist

Oil on canvas, 120 x 110 cm, 2012
5800 €
Oil on canvas, 182 × 190 cm, 2012
Oil on canvas, 150 x 155 cm, 2014
8200 €
Oil on canvas, 35 x 35 cm, 2016
1700 €
Oil on canvas, 30 x 29 cm, 2016
1500 €
Oil on canvas, 35 x 35 cm, 2016
1700 €
Oil on canvas, 50 x 55 cm, 2016
2800 €
Oil on canvas, 95 x 80 cm, 2016
4500 €
Oil on canvas, 130 x 140 cm, 2017
8000 €
Oil on canvas, 44 x 37 cm, 2018
2000 €
Oil on canvas, 31 x 34 cm, 2019
1700 €
Oil on canvas, 47 x 44 cm, 2019
2300 €
Oil on canvas, 66 x 55 cm, 2019
3300 €
Oil on canvas, 70 x 67 cm, 2020
3400 €
Oil on canvas, 70 x 95 cm, 2021
4900 €
Oil on canvas, 45 x 40 cm, 2021
2500 €
Oil on canvas, 95 x 100 cm, 2021
5800 €
Oil on canvas, 65 × 60 cm, 2019
3400 €

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