Inga Kaupelytė

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Inga Kaupelyte produces drawings and paintings in expressionism style.

Her work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of mortality and reincarnation. Her question is about our behaviour as we gonna live forever, bodily and material desires versus spiritual existences, and the unity of oneness. She uses ashes of various burned materials as the form of medium depicting the message that we all come from nowhere and we will become nothing one day, and probably later we will reborn. “Ashes to ashes” - based on the Bible but incorporating ideas from Buddhism. Inga burns objects, leaves, paper, textile, then uses them in composing new shapes, referring this process as reincarnation. She signs her art under Ingaga name, which means being “very enthusiastic and excited about someone or something”. This is exactly how she feels after completing an artwork.

One of Inga’s trademarks is unamused face/-es she uses in the characters in her paintings. A human face is depicted rarely, as she prefers to use a metaphor of an animal. That face is unhappy, seeking for a better life, even though not realizing it is living wonderful times. This way Inga wants to remind us to be grateful of what we have and to remember that one day we’ll die.


Inga Kaupelyte was born in Panevezys, Lithuania in 1983. She lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Inga Kaupelyte has shown her work in group exhibitions around Europe.

You will always exist in the universe in one form or another.
— Shunryu Suzuki

When Inga was a child she thought she would become a poet. Inga loved to create with words. But after numerous paintings of pegasus horses and winning few drawing contests at schools her parents suggested she should better create "visual poems".

When Inga was just 12 she started attending Painting school in her hometown Panevezys.  

After graduating simultaneously from High School and the School of Fine Arts, she successfully achieved a bachelor degree in Audiovisual Arts at Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts in Lithuania.

Later on Inga worked as an Art Director, Video Editor and Digital Designer in advertising and TV industry for several years. Then she moved abroad in search of inspiration amongst new surroundings. Since then Inga worked in Ireland, Belgium, Sweden and Spain; when eventually she moved to Amsterdam where she currently lives. 

Since 2013 Inga is also a founder of design label Ingaga Porcelain, of which she is also a designer and a maker. 


Education

2001 – 2005 

Bachelor in Media Arts / Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts / Vilnius, Lithuania

- Produced experimental documentary movie about Lithuanian culture achieving high recognition at international movie festivals 

- Graduated with honours

 

1994 – 2001

Visual Arts / Panevezys Art School / Panevezys, Lithuania

Specialized in: Acrylic Painting, Ceramics, Illustration

 

Shows

2018

Butterfly Effect / Lithuanian Embassy / The Hague, The Netherlands

2017

Word Alchemists / Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

2015

Winter Show / Ninasagt (group) / Düsseldorf, Germany

Catrinas in Nederland contest and exhibition / 1st place winner / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014

LT.art.NL - IV / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Sunday Salon - II: Works on Paper / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jam Workspace / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2013

LT.art.NL - III / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Forgiveness / ij8 Gallery / Reykjavík, Iceland

Delete this / Hilltröm Gallery / Stockholm, Sweden

2011

LT.art.NL - II / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2010

LT.art.NL - I / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Lithuanian Art 2000-2010: 10 Years Retrospective / Vilnius, Lithuania

2004

Earth Art & Video Performance at the group exhibition “Horizons” / Penevezys, Lithuania

 

awards

2015

Catrinas in Nederland contest and exhibition / 1st place winner / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2005 

"Be happy!" creative documentary film, 15min. / 2004:

  • TV broadcast SMC TV, TV 1 / Lithuania

  • International film festival Kino Pavasaris / Vilnius, Lithuania

  • “Next festival” cinema ”Lietuva” / Vilnius, Lithuania

2004

  • Exground filmfestival / Wiesbaden, Germany

  • Festival „Kulturos tvartas” / Vilnius, Lithuania

  • Festival „Tinklai“ / Lithuania

  • Premiere at the cinema „Skalvija“ / Vilnius, Lithuania

1998

1st place winner at The Miniature Painting contest / Panevezys, Lithuania

 

Collections

Collections:

Private collection / Mexico city, Mexico

Private collection / Vilnius, Lithuania

Private collection / De Hague, The Netherlands 

Private collection /  Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Private collection /  Mannheim, Germany


publications

2017

Ocean Witness by WWF oceanwitness.org

2016

  • Video on THIS IS CERAMICS