Donata Minderytė Lithuanian, b. 1991
Donata Minderytė (b. 1991, Lithuania) is an artist currently living and working in Vilnius. She graduated from the Painting Department of the Vilnius Academy of Arts obtaining an MA in 2016. Using the concept of visual translation, Minderytė analyses significant changes of an image as it is transferred from one medium to another.
In her work, Donata Minderytė focuses on what is to be avoided in linguistic translation - moving away from the original, fading the initial meaning and altering the message. Minderytė uses photography or stills from daily life videos as a tool of memory. She translates these images into the medium of painting by creating a representation of visual entropy. Captured in paint, the images lose detail, intensity and contrast, thus leaving an interpretive space for translation. The finished painting is hardly an accurate representation of the moment that it was inspired by: deliberate translational error becomes a generalised substitute of a past event, but not its representation. The narrative of the past is replaced by new visual information that pops up, transforms, fades and dwindles to such a degree that it can become unrecognisable. A bleached painting style for Minderytė becomes an artistic method to speak about herself, one’s memory and the latter’s inevitability to become faded past.
Donata Minderytė has held solo exhibitions at the Vartai Gallery and Gallery Meno Niša in Vilnius and participated in multiple group shows in Lithuania, Austria and the UK. She is currently also enrolled in an Art PhD programme at the Vilnius Academy of Arts.
Born 1991 in Vilnius, Lithuania
Lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania
2016 – Enrolled in Art PhD program since 2016, Vilnius Academy of Arts
2014-2016 – Vilnius Academy of Arts, Department of Painting, Master of Fine Arts
2010-2014 – Vilnius Academy of Arts, Department of Painting, Bachelor of Fine Arts
2019 – Translation Error, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2016 – Memory Gene, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2016 – Suitable Circumstances, Gallery Meno Niša, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2020 – Spectrum, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2020 – Menas be stogo, Vilnius city (Lithuania)
2020 – Kontr-argumentas III, Gallery Meno parkas, Kaunas (Lithuania)
2019 – Carnival, Pamėnkalnio Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2018 – Mokslas ir gyvenimas, Titanikas, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2018 – Tapybos maršrutizatoriai, Vilnius public transport (Lithuania)
2017 – Viennacontemporary Art Fair, Marx Halle, Vienna (Austria)
2017 – Summer Show, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2017 – Imago Mundi, Project "10 x 12, Gallery Meno parkas, Kaunas, (Lithuania)
2016 – Laiko vaizdų gaudytojai. (Trys scenarijai), Gallery Meno parkas, Kaunas (Lithuania)
2016 – Wundercameraden, Gallery Meno forma, Kaunas (Lithuania)
2016 – Parallel Vienna, Vienna Contemporary Art Exhibition, Vienna (Austria)
2016 – 38. Duisburger Akzente, Culture festival, Duisburg (Germany)
2016 – Belvedere, Gallery Meno forma, Kaunas (Lithuania)
2016 – Videofest/Terrortory, Studium P Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2015 – Kartos (nesi)kartoja (antrą kartą), Gallery Meno forma, Kaunas (Lithuania)
2015 – Šventė, Šv. Jono Gallery, Kaunas (Lithuania)
2015 – International Contemporary Art Fair ArtVilnius'15, LITEXPO, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2014 – Kartos (nesi)kartoja, Gallery Meno forma, Kaunas (Lithuania)
2014 – Kosminė odisėja/Performanso labaratorija, Titanikas, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2014 – Meno celės, Titanikas, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2014 – Screenings weekend: Points of You, Gallery Centrala, Birmingham (United Kingdom)
2013 – Jaunieji. Žalia sąmonė - 3 arba kaip nesikartoja istorija, Gallery Meno parkas, Kaunas (Lithuania)
Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA (Finland)
Museum of Contemporary Art MOCAK (Poland)
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...
Donata Minderytė"Translation Error" 24 Oct - 29 Nov 2019Vartai gallery is pleased to present the exhibition “Translation Error” / “Vaizdinis vertimas” by a painter of the young generation Donata Minderytė. The error in translation evident in the bilingual...
Summer ExpositionGroup exhibition 18 Jul - 31 Aug 2017Our gallery’s spaces have once again been filled with new works. We invite you to be our guest and join us on Tuesday at 6:00 pm to look around our...
Margarita Božkaitė ir Donata MinderytėDuo exhibition 7 - 11 Jun 2016The exhibitions of paintings by Donata Minderytė and Margarita Božkaitė, both Master’s students at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, open at Galerija VARTAI on 7 June. Their creative work will...
IGTV: Vartai UNLOCKED with Donata MinderytėGallery VARTAI presents new IGTV series of artists and collectors' interviews, studio visits and special edition videos November 13, 2020Lithuanian painter Donata Minderytė opened her studio doors for us and let us discover her newest work, told the concept behind it, and talked about the complex relationship between the painter and the person that is being portrayed. Gallery VARTAI invites you to join the discussion. Video and interview by Ieva Lygnugarytė