Monika Radžiūnaitė Lithuanian, b. 1992
Monika Radžiūnaitė (b. 1992, Lithuania) is a painter who graduated from the Painting Department at Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2019. Her work is characterised by interpreting history, reviving elements of medieval and early renaissance paintings, and using cultural references in painting plots.
In her paintings, Radžiūnaitė talks about foolishness and the change in cultural meanings over the course of history. Her works are based on ignorance, foolishness, and/or error. This creative strategy as a conscious state of foolishness frees the artist from the need to know the true or historical meanings of the images or the circumstances of their formation. Radžiūnaitė raises questions about the possibility of reconstructing the Middle Ages and the limitations of such possibility determined by historical circumstances. Past, present, and future are difficult to measure and understand objectively, while cultural continuity and the influence of past epochs on contemporaneity can be deconstructed ironically. Radžiūnaitė’s paintings are full of Christian iconography, symbols and stories which are usually purposely mistaken and represented in a way that is more useful or relevant to the present. According to the author, people create an environment in which they can manipulate or comfortably rely on ignorance and unawareness. In this way, she creates new meanings and contexts while also raising the question of memory as a political, cultural or religious tool.
Monika Radžiūnaitė has held multiple solo exhibitions as well as participated in group shows. She currently lives and works in Vilnius where she is studying for a Master’s degree in Painting Studies at the Vilnius Academy of Arts.
Monika Radžiūnaitė talks about foolishness and the cultural differences between past, present and future which is difficult to measure and understand in any way. Her paintings are full of Medieval iconography, symbols and stories which are purposely mistaken and represented ironically. According to the author, the great desire to fill undocumented and forgotten history gaps causes mistakes that influence the perception of nowadays reality and beliefs. In this way people create an environment in which they can manipulate and rely on ignorance and unawareness of others. Author consciously chooses foolishness as a creative strategy that unleashes the need to know or understand the true meaning of images and symbols. In this way she creates new meanings and contexts. Late medieval ages for her is neither a tradition nor an identity, it‘s more like a difference and a rebus which she solves and reveals little by little when instead of abundance using fragments, instead of narration - a disturbance, instead of naming – a mistake.
Born 1992 in Lithuania
Lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania
2019-2021 – Painting (MA) at Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2015-2019 – Painting (BA) at Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2021 - Apstybės / Superfluitates, Pamėnkalnio gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2020 – Hyperlink, Arka gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2019 – Stultus pictorem, gallery Akademija, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2020 – Spectrum, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2020 – Kontrargumentas 3, gallery Meno parkas, Kaunas (Lithuania)
2019 – BOD /Tibetas/, project space ‘Krematoriumas‘, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2019 – Laisva, April gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2019 – Exhibition at gallery VARTAI, part of the project “Culture night” in Vilnius (Lithuania)
2019 – Art festival “EMEM Art Fest”, Trakų Vokė manor (Lithuania)
2019 – Showroom, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2019 – Faximilinis dievas, Gallery Arka, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2018 – Time and space, performance as a part of the project “Culture night” in Vilnius (Lithuania)
2018 – Young painter prize finalist exhibition, Tsekh Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2017 – Reformacija, project space ‘Krematoriumas’, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2020 – LDS award for artistic application of history
2020 – Lithuanian Ministry of Culture individual grant
2008 – Winner of the project “Art in an unexpected places”, Vilnius (Lithuania)
Private collections in Denmark, Estonia and Lithuania
STAND WITH UKRAINEAuction exhibition 26 Apr - 31 May 2022Photos by Audrius Solominas
SpectrumGroup exhibition 14 Jul - 26 Aug 2020Curator Linas Bliškevičius Artists and designers: Gabrielė Adomaitytė, Jānis Avotiņš, Ray Bartkus, Kazimieras Brazdžiūnas, Jokūbas Čižikas, Adomas Danusevičius, Marija Puipaitė & Vytautas Gečas, Vytenis Jankūnas, Linas Jusionis, Žilvinas Kempinas, Mindaugas...
2020 – Hyperlink, interactive catalogue, www.hyperlink.lt, ed.: Linas Bliškevičius, 2020
2020 – Austėja Mikuckytė-Mateikienė, “Monika Radžiūnaitė: Žinių kiekis nekoreliuoja su proto ar išminties gausa. Pokalbis su dailininke Monika Radžiūnaite ir dailėtyrininku Linu Bliškevičiumi”, in: Pašvaistė, no. 2, 2020
2019 – Austėja Mikuckytė-Mateikienė, “Faksimilinis Dievas’. Nepraskolinta paroda”, in: Kultūros Barai, no. 12, 2019.
2019 – Austėja Mikuckytė-Mateikienė, “JTP’19: kaitos ir stabilumo balansas”, in: Pašvaistė, no.6, 2019
2016 – Austėja Mikuckytė, “Diskutuojanti kūryba”, in: Pašvaistė, no. 6, 2016.
Growing Out? Growing Up? Contemporary Art Collecting in the BalticsGroup exhibition at Zuzeum Art Centre in Riga June 15, 2022“Growing Out? Growing Up? Contemporary Art Collecting in the Baltics” exhibition at Zuzeum Art Centre in Riga introduces vibrant contemporary art collections in the Baltics...
Charity auction Stand With UkraineMay 2, 2022On May 5, Galerija Vartai and National volunteer support coordination center 'Strong Together' will hold a charity auction of contemporary art and design - STAND...
IGTV: Vartai UNLOCKED with Monika RadžiūnaitėGallery VARTAI presents new IGTV series of artists and collectors' interviews, studio visits and special edition videos November 13, 2020Gallery VARTAI presents young generation painter Monika Radžiūnaitė. Monika unlocked her temporary studio for us that is located in the heart of Vilnius old town and talked about the stereotypes surrounding artists and how to get inspired by things we do not necessarily love. Video and interview by Ieva Lygnugarytė