Inga Kaupelytė

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Inga Kaupelyte’s work is a profound reflection of our complex society and the universal questions of existentialism, mortality and reincarnation.

Inga uses a mixture of burnt leaf ashes with acrylic mediums. They act as a connecting material between the depicted objects; they represent the end and the rebirth, “ashes to ashes, dust to dust”.

She centers her work on people's superficial desires as if they were immortal, their denial of spiritual existence. In the past, humans revered nature as gods, now humans believe they can create and manipulate nature, humans act as gods.   

One of the characteristics in Inga’s signature style is the use of un-amused faces. Unhappy and unsatisfied faces, constantly seeking for a better life - a greener grass, without realizing they are already living wonderful times. This is an ironic characterization of people’s behavior and appearances.

Inga is originally from Lithuania; she currently lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has exhibited across Europe and Mexico.

 

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. She 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: Painting, Ceramics, Illustration

 

Shows

2019

The Origin of Species / MO Modern Art Museum / Vilnius, Lithuania

The Other Art Fair / Kings Cross / London, The UK

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:

Museum Collection / MO Modern Art Museum / Vilnius, Lithuania

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