What is particularly striking about Svikis' work is that his style – compared to that of other contemporary artists – is not or hardly ever fractured by theoretical or conceptual approaches. He is most interested in his material: charcoal, paper, canvas, oil paints but also the strength, power and – at times – violence that influence everyday life and its extremity seem to be his central thoughts. He does not judge but instead intends to use his work to analyze people's motivation and the world they are faced with. He does not only use different materials in order to achieve his goals but also applies these materials in different ways. From a perspective regarding their technical realisation, his drawings are to be placed between Goya and graffiti, his oil paintings between plastic physicality and bold displays. All levels of the painting seem to interact in order to create a new form of multidimensionality which seems to let his works flow in constant movement both on a contextual and on a formal level. [...

*1978 in Riga, Latvia
lives and works in Vienna, Austria

Education 

2003 - 2010

Art History Studies, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

2000 -2002

Master Class of Figurative Painting and Drawing, Art Academy Latvia, Riga, Latvia, Degree: Master of Arts

1996 - 2000

Master Class of Figurative Painting and Drawing, Art Academy Latvia, Riga, Latvia, Degree: Bachelor of Arts

1990 - 1996

Rigaer Janis Rozentals Kunstschule, Riga, Latvia

Grants / Awards

2011

2009

2002

2001

Nomination for the Walter Koschatzky Art Award

Nomination for the Walter Koschatzky Art Award, Rotary-Club Wien-Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Nomination for the Strabag ArtAward International, Strabag Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria

Prof. Indulis Zarins Art Award, Riga, Latvia

  Vilis-Valdmanis-Foundation Scholarship

Exhibitions 

Solo

2019

Storylines, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, Austria

2016

2014

2012

2005

Feinstaub, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, Austria

Nuts and bolts, Galerie Michaela Stock & NEXT DOOR galerie michaela stock, Vienna, Austria

Realitätsprinzip, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, Austria
Run Now, NEXT DOOR galerie michaela stock, Vienna, Austria

 Pastaiga Ārpus , Gallery Bastejs, Riga, Latvia

Group

2018

Emotional Journey, Bildraum Bodensee, Bregenz, Austria

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Art of Appropriation, Interpictoriality, part two, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, Austria

Connecting Sound Etc. Cable Works, Cable Sounds, Cables Everywhere, freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL, MQ Vienna, Austria

Vienna Gallery Weekend, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, Austria

AfterArtBodensee, Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz, Austria

sensitiv EXTRA, MSU Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Croatia – Austria – Return, MMSU Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia
Young Art Auction 2011, project of the Artware Company, Novomatic Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria
MUMOK – Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (Austria), presentation of the nominated art pieces for the Walter Koschatzky Art Award

transient, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna (Austria), with Patrick Baumüller
Young Art Auction 2010, project of Artware GmbH, Novomatic Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria

2009

Young Art Auction 2009, project of Artware GmbH, Haus der Industrie Wien, Vienna (Austria), with Mathias Kloser, Christan Eisenberger, Clemens Wolf a.o.
MUMOK – Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (Austria), Presentation of the nominated art pieces (Anthropologie der Einsamkeit I-III) for Walter Koschatzky Art Award

Gallery Bastejs, Riga, Latvia

2005

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