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Sietiņš, Guntars



Guntars Sietins was born on October 23, 1962 in Kuldiga, Latvia. He later moved to Riga where he studied art at the Applied Arts College. He graduated from the Latvian Academy of Arts, the Department of Graphics in 1988. Currently he is professor of Graphic Art at the prestigious Latvian Academy of Art, in Riga. He also works in book and magazine design, and the design of currency notes and coins. Sietins has widely exhibited his prints throughout Europe, Japan and the United States and his works are included numerous museum collections throughout Europe.

In Latvian contemporary graphical art, Guntars Sietins is the most important master, who chooses to work in a complex and time-consuming technique of “mezzotint”. (Mezzotint is a printmaking process of the intaglio family, technically a drypoint method.) His black and white compositions with relative landscapes and somewhere between heaven and earth levitating items – balls, chestnuts, numbers and letters – have earned him high acclaim and recognition not only in Latvia, but also in numerous international art exhibitions.

Year Biography
1962 He was born in Kuldiga, Latvia
1978–1982   Riga Applied Art School
1982–1988   Latvian Academy of Art, Department of Graphic Art
1998 MA Latvian Academy of Art
1986 Participant of exhibitions
1993 Member of the Artists’ Union of Latvia
1999 Department head at the Department of Graphic Art of the Latvian Academy of Art
2009 Award of the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw at the Cracow International Print Triennial, Poland
  Purshase Prize at the 15th Space International Print Biennial, Seoul
2008 First Prize at the First Printmaking Triennial, Thesaloniki, Greece
2007 Jury’s Encouragement Prize at the Aomori Print Triennial, Aomori, Japan
1998 Public Prize at the Felicien Rops International Printmaking Competition, Namur, Belgium
1995 First Prize at the 8th International Print Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria
  Prize at the 10th Tallinn Print Triennial, Tallinn, Estonia
  Honorable Mention at the 11th Norwegian International Print Triennial, Fredrikstad, Norway
1993 Jury Prize at the First International Print Biennial, Maastricht, The Netherlands
1989 Diploma at the 8th Tallinn Print Triennial
  Solo exhibitions
2012 Vilnius Graphic Art Centre Gallery, Vilnius
2011 Unicode II, Gallery Mare Liberum, Hamburg, Germany
2009 Eclipse, Gallery M6, Riga
2008 Unicode, Gallery Daugava, Riga
2007 Print Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania
2006 Kustlerhaus Hohenossig, Leipzig, Germany
  Grafikens Hus Gallery, Mariefred, Sweden
  Samlargrafik Gallery, Fjalkinge, Sweden
2003 Black No. 55981, the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga
1999 Sub Rosa, Ivonna Veiherte Gallery, Riga
1998 Gallery Fotostudja 1, Boston, USA
1997 Klasen’s Foundation Gallery, Västervik, Sweden
  Kuldiga Province Museum, Kuldiga, Latvia
1996 Riga Gallery, Riga
1993 Gallery Bastejs, Riga
  M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas (together with Andrejs Kalnacs) / Lithuania
  Gallery Vartai, Vilnius (together with Andrejs Kalnačs
  Selected group exhibitions
2012 International Print Triennial, Krakow, Poland
  Time of the Mezzotint, Creative Workshop, Arsenals Exhibition hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga
  ‘Grafik aus Lettland’, Graphic Museum in Bad Steben, Germany
2011 ‘Von Kaiserblau bis Luxusschwarz’, Graphic Museum in Bad Steben, Germany
  Preview Berlin, exhibition of Gallery Māksla XO, Berlin
  ‘Grrrafik 2011’, Malmö, Sweden
  Thick Space, Arsenals Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga
2010 Laureates of International Print Triennial – Cracow 2009, Dalarnas Museum, Falun, Sweden
2009 International Print Triennial, Krakow, Poland
  15th Space International Print Biennial, Seoul, Korea
  ‘Noir de Noir’, ArchivArte Gallery, Bern
  ‘Druck Kunst x 15’, Museum of the Printing Arts Leipzig, Germany
  Metabolism: Contemporary Graphic Art, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga
2008 7th International Kochi Triennial of Prints, Kochi, Japan
  2nd Bangkok Triennale. International of Print and Drawing Exhibition, Thailand
  1st Printmaking Triennial Bridges Over the Mediterranean and the Baltic, Printmaking Center Helios, Municipality of Neapolis, Thesaloniki, Greece
  Ars Baltica‘08, Gallery Berchtoldvilla, Salzburg, Austria
  30th Graphic Art Fair, Leipzig, Germany
  Print exhibition Masters of Mezzotint, Larry Warnock Fine Arts, San Francisco, USA
2007 Aomori Print Triennial, Japan
  International print exhibition ‘The Soul of the black manner’, Trento, Italy
2006 Power and Man, Exhibition of Printmaking from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Novas Gallery, London
  Latvian Print Exhibition, Ebeling Museum, Torshälle, Sweden
2005 Ars Baltica, Gallery Berchtoldvilla, Salzburg, Austria
  International Print Biennial, Varna, Bulgaria
2004 Contemporary Art Fair (AAF), exhibition of Philadelphia Print Center, New York
  International art exhibition, Vienna
  ‘Papírvarázs/Papermagic’, Budapest
  Latvian Art Exhibition, National Art Museum, Beijing
2003 Masters of mezzotint. Prints by Anti Ratalahti, Anti Salokannel, Guntars Sietins, Duetto Gallery, Helsinki
  International Print Triennial, Cracow, Poland
  ‘Labirintas’, Gallery Vartai, Vilnius
2012 12th Space International Print Biennial, Seoul, Korea
  Exhibition of the 12. Saxonian Print Symposium, Leipzig, Germany
2001 Biennial of European Illustrations, Aki, Japan
  12th Tallinn Print Triennial, Tallinn
  Living Faces in Japan 2001–1. Prints of Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Japan, Suzaka Hanga Museum, Suzaka, Japan
  Works in public collections
  Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga
  Bank of Latvia, Riga
  Swedbank, Riga
  Kuldiga Province Museum, Kuldiga, Latvia
  M. K. Ciurlionis National Museum of Art, Mykolas Zilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas
  State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
  Kaliningrad State Art Gallery, Kaliningrada, Russia
  Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn
  Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, USA
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