Jānis Avotiņš Latvian, b. 1981

Overview

Over the course of many years, the Latvian artist Jānis Avotiņš has gained inspiration and motifs for his work in the visual legacy of the recent past, including photographs found in state and private archives, retouched Soviet-era press illustrations and city guidebooks. Avotiņš delves into this cultural and historical legacy not only for building blocks for his creative output but acts as a careful archeologist, attempting to free his paintings and drawings from unnecessary semantic layers, often erasing indications that would place his figures in a specific time frame. The artist moves images of the past to a different universe, a dimension of time characteristic only of a work of art, the ’now’ of art. His monochromatic figures become solemn memory images surfacing to our conscious from a distant or more recent past. Avotiņš’s work is characterized by a special intimacy, and viewers are invited to complement it with themes from their own personal experience. At the same time, they are open to the widest possible perceptions and interpretations, so that each viewer can fill in the blanks and create a common sense of memory.

 

Expressed in images of shared memory, the art of Jānis Avotiņš is like a festive celebration in that it offers something to unite us. Celebration is the most complete form of communal experience, through which people regain their shared existence. The aesthetic quality of Avotiņš’s work thus also becomes especially important, since the aesthetic experience when shared fosters ’sociability’, raises an individual’s desire to communicate with others, and helps form social bonds and unite people in a cohesive society. It is not necessary for thousands to join hands in order to experience the feeling of community. The shared experience of art can also serve this purpose.

Works
  • Jānis Avotiņš, Untitled, 2020
    Jānis Avotiņš
    Untitled, 2020
    27 x 21 x 3.5 cm
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  • Jānis Avotiņš, Untitled, 2020
    Jānis Avotiņš
    Untitled, 2020
    56 x 53 x 2 cm
    € 7,960.00
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  • Jānis Avotiņš, Schoolgirls, 2019
    Jānis Avotiņš
    Schoolgirls, 2019
    34 x 27 cm
    € 5,530.00
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    Jānis Avotiņš, Schoolgirls, 2019
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  • Jānis Avotiņš, Untitled, 2018
    Jānis Avotiņš
    Untitled, 2018
    62 x 41 x 2.5 cm
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  • Jānis Avotiņš, Untitled, 2018
    Jānis Avotiņš
    Untitled, 2018
    105 x 98 cm
    € 13,200.00
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    Jānis Avotiņš, Untitled, 2018
    € 13,200.00
  • Jānis Avotiņš, Dancers on Ice, 2015
    Jānis Avotiņš
    Dancers on Ice, 2015
    57.5 x 41.5 x 2.5 cm
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  • Jānis Avotiņš, Šokėjai ant ledo / Dancers on Ice, 2015
Biography

Born 1981 in Latvia

Lives and works in Riga, Latvia

EDUCATION

2004

Paris Cité International des Arts

2002

Erasmus Exchange Program at the Manchester University, Fine Arts, United Kingdom

2001- 2002

Latvian Academy of Arts, (BA) Painting and Visual Communication

1999- 2003

Latvian Academy of Arts, (MA) Painting

1995- 1999

Janis Rozentals School of Fine Art, Latvia, (BA)

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

Find a Point From Which To See And Yet Avoid The Glow, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany

2018

Šventė, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, Lithuania

Jānis Avotiņš, Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

2016

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany

2015

Jānis Avotiņš, IBID Projects, London Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg, Germany

2013

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany

Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2012

New Works, Galerie Vera Munro, HamburgJānis Avotiņš, IBID Projects, London, United Kingdom

2011

Jānis Avotiņš, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany

2010

Implicated, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jānis Avotiņš Trauma. New Works and Retrospection, Riga Art Space, Riga, Latvia

2009

Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany

You, my word, as if it was me before a dark glade, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany

2008

Galerie Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne, Germany

Stadtgalerie, Schwaz

Jānis Avotiņš, Malerei, Ludwig Forum, Aachen

2007

Super Normal, IBID Projects, London

Suzie Q project space (Rüdiger Schöttle / Bob van Orsouw | Brigid Uccia), Zürich, Switzerland

2006

I Never Go On Holidays, Me di um, Gustavia, St. Barthelemy

Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2005

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany

Possession, IBID Projects, Vilnius, Lithuania

IBID Projects, London, United Kingdom

Galerie Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne, Germany

2004

Belonging, Riga, Latvia (Curated by IBID Projects, Vilnius)

Rheinschau, Art Cologne Projects, Cologne, Germany

2003

Conversance, Riga, Latvia

2002

Competence, Riga, Latvia

 

SElected Group Exhibitions

2018

Ibid Gallery, Inventory - A rotating display of works by multiple artists in several locations, L.A.

2016

Prix Jean-Francois Prat, Palais de Tokyo, ParisAfter photography, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris, France

2015

Painting Show – Part One, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany

2014

Il Piedistallo vuoto/The Empty pedestal, Artefiera, Bologna, Italy

2013

...for an occurence to become an adventure..., Riga Art Space, Riga, Latvia

2012

Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Is It That He Does Not Seek The Truth, But Does Want To Influence?, Riga Art Space, Riga, Latvia

2010

After the Fall, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, New York, USA

Painting Triennial, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania

2009

IBID PROJECTS at Remap2, Athens, Greece

Your Gold Teeth II, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA

2008

Salon, The Cartin Collection at Ars Libri, Boston, USA

Das zweite Gesicht, Sammlung Südhausbau, Munich, Germany

Back to Black. Die Farbe schwarz in der aktuellen Malerei, Kestner, Hanover, Germany

2007

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich (mit | with Adrian Ghenie und | and Andrew Palmer)

Judith, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, USA

Prague Biennale 3, Prague, Czech Republic

Size Matters: XXL – rechent large-scale paintings, HVCC Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, USA

2006

Infinite Painting. Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Villa Manin, Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Passariano, Codroipo (Udine)

2005

Prague Biennale 2, Prague, Czech Republic

Dark Dreams, Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne, Germany

2004

Dark Dreams, Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany

Life Of a Commercial Gallery - IBID Projects, Copper gallery, Dundee

Esoterica, IBID Projects, London, United Kingdom

Still-Life, State Art Museum, Riga, Latvia

2003

HYPERSONICA, electronic music festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Latvian Contemporary art Artists, Contemporary Art Space, Riga, Latvia

Wild Photographers, Riga, Latvia

Selfportraits, Galerie Pedants, Riga, Latvia

Project att_lums.lv (Riga - NY)

2002

Autumn 2002, Riga Contemporary Art Space, Riga, Latvia

2001

Latvian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Riga, Latvia

2000

Interferences 2000, International multimedia festival, Paris, France

 
AWARDS

2016 Prix Jean-François Prat

2011 Latvian Academy Award

 

COLLECTIONS

Rubell Family Collection;

Cranford Collection;

Hort Family Collection;

François Pinault Collection;

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

The Federal Republic of Germany Contemporary Art Collection

 

Exhibitions
Art Fairs