Adomas Danusevičius Lithuanian, b. 1984

Overview

Adomas Danusevičius (b. 1984, Lithuania) is a prominent artist of the Lithuanian art scene. He has been taking part in group exhibitions since 2004, and since 2008 has held several solo shows in Lithuania, Denmark and Germany. In 2017, the artist completed his doctoral studies at the Vilnius Academy of Art, followed by an internship at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Adomas Danusevičius’s systematic investigation of sexual identity issues and queer aesthetics has ensured him a significant place in the national art scene. He is one of the few Lithuanian artists employing camp aesthetics in painting, using it to deconstruct the imagery of masculinity and activities traditionally attributed to men. In his early paintings, Danusevičius uses flamboyant, contrasting colours to reveal fragmental and simplistic scenes of physical manly activities. The artist’s painting style is used as a creative tool for debunking the representational order and the “seriousness” of these images. In Danusevičius’s most recent works, transcultural and transhistorical images of masculinity and femininity allude to the cyclic and hybrid nature of life and the energy that constantly circulates between matter and form. The primal creative and destructive forces in these works mutate and playfully flirt, sometimes taking the viewer to the underground quagmire of the subconscious, and at other times submerging them into heady hallucinations of blooming flowers. Social and gender-related issues intertwine with the artist’s visual expression, which in some cases coalesces into formless matter bursting out of the canvas.

Since Danusevičius’s solo debut in 2008, his work has attracted lots of popular interest and been praised by art critics. His paintings were included in multiple private collections both in Lithuania and abroad, as well as the collections of the Lewben Art Foundation (Lithuania) and MO Museum (Lithuania). In 2018, Adomas Danusevičius received the Bavarian State Ministry Award for Education, Culture, Science and Arts with a scholarship covering an artist residency at the Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg, Germany. His works from the debut series Carmine and the Camouflage Masculinity and Campish Dazzle series were featured in the famous publication Queer!?: Visual Arts in Europe (edited by Evert van Straaten, Anton Anthonissen, 2019) discussing the development of queer aesthetics.

Adomas Danusevičius completed his doctoral studies in the arts at the Vilnius Academy of Arts and went on to deepen his theoretical and practical knowledge at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Since his debut in 2008, the artist’s work has attracted interest and been praised by art critics, with his pieces having been acquired by Lithuanian and foreign private collections, including the Lewben Art Foundation and MO Museum. In 2018–2019 Adomas Danusevičius received the Bavarian State Ministry award for Education, Culture, Science and Arts with a scholarship covering an artist residency at the Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg, Germany. His works from the debut series Carmine, as well as from the series Camouflage Masculinity and Campish Dazzle, were featured in the important publication Queer!?: Visual Arts in Europe (edited by Evert van Straaten, Anton Anthonissen, 2019), in which the development of the queer aesthetic is discussed.

Works
Biography

Born in 1984, Vilnius, Lithuania

Lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania

 

EDUCATION/RESIDENCIES

2018 – Residency in Internationalles Villa Concordia Bamberg (Germany)

2015-2016 – PhD internship at Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen (Denmark)

2015 – Residency in Kulturamt in Düsseldorf (Germany)

2012-2016 – Vilnius Academy of Arts, PhD of arts, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2007-2009 – Vilnius Academy of Arts, Department of Painting, postgraduate, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2003-2007 – Vilnius Academy of Arts, Department of Painting, bachelor, Vilnius (Lithuania)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020 – Mud &Flowers, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2018 – Magical Camp, Internationales Kunstlerhaus Villa Concordia, Bamberg (Germany)

2017 – Eat full and descent II with Tomas Dauksa, The Rooster gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2017 – Eat full and descent I with Tomas Dauksa, Soda gallery, Bratislava (Slovakia)

2017 – Camouflage Masculinity and Campish Dazzle, Titanikas, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2017 – Penis Mushroom Series, The Rooster gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2015 – The Camp &The Beautiful, Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf (Germany)

2014 – Camouflage Masculinity III, Oslo house space, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2014 – Camouflage Masculinity II, Vytautas Magnum University gallery 101, Kaunas (Lithuania)

2014 – Camouflage Masculinity I, Klaipėda Cultural and Comunication centre, Klaipėda (Lithuania)

2012 – Carmine II, Gallery Larm (Copenhagen)

2012 – Pintings by Adomas Danusevičius, Gallery Vartai, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2008 – Carmine, paintings exhibition with Alina Melnikova, Gallery Tulips&Roses, Vilnius (Lithuania)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 – Spectrum, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2019 – New Display of Lithuanian Art, part of permanent collection, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2019 – Art Vilnius 2019 Contemporary Art Fair, Litexpo, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2019 – The Sweet Sweat of the Future, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2019 – EXTENSION.LT: Параллельные повествования, Kremlin Arsenal, (Russia)

2019 – In art we trust, Lebwen Foundation, Litexpo hall, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2019 – Artworks Genomics, M.K. Čiurlionis museum, Kaunas (Lithuania)

2019 – Recommendation, Klaipėda Cultural Comunication Centre, Klaipėda (Lithuania)

2019 – EXTENSION.LT, Triumph gallery, Moscow (Russia)

2018 – The back stage Party, The Rooster gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2018 – COLLECTING HITS, Lebwen Foundation, National gallery of Art, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2018 – The big picture, The Rooster gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2017 – LT.art.2017: Migration, Art house gallery, Den Haag (Netherlands)

2017 – Belvedere, Painting exhibition, Meno forma gallery, Kaunas (Lithuania)

2017 – YIA Art Fair, The Rooster gallery, Brussels (Belgium)

2017 – Art Vilnius 2017 Contemporary Art Fair, Litexpo, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2016 – The Rooster gallery news: exhibition, catalogue and the new space again, The Rooster gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2016 – On the Table, Drawing exhibition, The Rooster gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2016 – Body culture, Queer aesthetics in Lithuania, Swedish Embassy, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2016 – Open studios, VAA exhibition space ‘Titanikas’, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2016 – YIA art fair, The Rooster gallery, Paris (France)

2015 – Lost and Found, American University Katzen museum, Washington (USA)

2015 – YIA art fair, The Rooster gallery, Paris, France

2014 – Development, VAA exhibition space ‘Titanikas’, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2013 – Young Painter's Prize, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2013 – Kaunas biennial, Kaunas Pictures Gallery, Kaunas (Lithuania)

2013 – From Dusk Till Dawn, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2013 – Jce Klaipėda 2013, Klaipėda Culture Comunication Center, Klaipėda (Lithuania)

2013 – Curated by Vienna 2013, Vienna international art fair, young painter prize, Vienna (Austria)

2012 – How did I get here, painting in Lithuania, Contemporary art centre, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2012 – Artist and the city, Gallery Arka, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2012 – Slick Brussels, Contemporary Art Fair, Brussels (Belgium)

2011 – Upcoming, Painting exhibtion, Klaipėdos Cultural Comunication Centre, Klaipėda (Lithuania)

2011 – Zugzwang, exhibition of young Baltic states artists, „Polymer“ factory, Tallin (Estonia)

2011 – Curated by Vienna: EAST by SOUTH WEST, Knoll gallery Vienna (Austria)

2010 – Young painter’s prize 2010, VAA exhibition space ‘Titanikas’, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2010 – Ideal perspective juggle, Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Centre, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2010 – Zugzwang, Šiauliai art gallery, Šiauliai (Lithuania)

2010 – Zugzwang, exhibition of young Baltic states artists, factory Saltoniškių 7, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2009 – Young Painter's Prize 2009, Pamėnkalnio gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2009 – Neunow final online festival, an innovative platform for talented graduating artists (Lithuania)

2009 – Artists for human rights, Ministry of Foreigns Affairs, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2009 – Artist for human rights – without censure”, Gallery “Kairė dešinė”, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2009 – Art cell, Arts Printing House, VAA, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2009 – Art Vilnius 2019 Contemporary Art Fair, Litexpo, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2007 – Familiar painting, young Polish and Lithuanian artists exhibition, Telšiai (Lithuania)

2007 – Invisible-visible, Arts Printing House, VDA, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2007 – Vilnius faces, Non-commercial art festival, St. Soul’s church, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2006 – Shoot or Shout-No Escape, young Estonian and Lithuanian artists exhibition, Vilnius (Lithuania)

2006 – Workshop and exhibition in Katowice (Poland)

2004 – Performance Platform: Ground floor, Vilnius City Municipality, Arts Printing House, Vilnius (Lithuania)

AWARDS/GRANTS

2018 – Bavarian Cultural ministry award for Art and Sciences Bamberg, Germany

2017 – Lithuanian State Scholarship

2013 – Lithuanian State Scholarship

2010 – Young Painter's Prize, Young Baltic Painters award, 3rd place, Vilnius, Lithuania

COLLECTIONS

Lewben Art Foundation (Lithuania)

Mo museum collection (Lithuania)

National Gallery of Art (Lithuania)

Exhibitions
Bibliography

PUBLICATIONS

2017 – Adomas Danusevičius, Kamufliažinis vyriškumas ir kempiškasis blizgesys, artistic research, Vilnius: Vilniaus dailės akademija, 2017

2016 – Adomas Danusevičius, „Camouflage Masculinity and Campish Dazzle“, in: Acta Aca demiae Artium Vilnensis, no. 80/81, Vilnius: Vilnius Academy of Arts, 2016. 

2019 – Jogintė Bučinskaitė, “2019-ieji šiuolaikiniame mene: riaumojantys ir miegantys liūtai”, in: 15min.lt, 2019-12-27

2019 – Danutė Gambickaitė, “Sponges and Aliens. On Adomas Danusevičius” Painting at His Exhibition ‘Mud & Flowers”, in: echo gone wrong, 2019-06-12

2019 – Karolina Rimkutė, „Kūno atminties asambliažai“, in: 7 meno dienos, no. 16 (1295), 2019

2019 – Kazimieras Brazdžiūnas, “Požiūrio taškas (II)”, in: Literatūra ir menas, no. 9 (3680), 2019

2019 – Benigna Kasparavičiūtė, “Palanga ’85: Balandžio parodų apžvalga ir gegužės horoskopas”, in: Literatūra ir menas, no. 8 (3679)

2019 – Balasz Takac, “Less is More - Minimalist Artworks For Your Wall”, in: Widewalls, 2019-01-17

2017 – Aistė Kisarauskaitė, “Du vyrukai iš Alytaus”, in: 7 meno dienos, no. 17 (1211), 2017

2017 – Karolina Rimkutė, “Nuo vieno kraštutinumo prie kito: Adomo Danusevičiaus paroda ‘Penis Mushroom Series”, in: 7 meno dienos, no. 7 (1201), 2017

2014 – Kamilė Sakalauskaitė, “Adomas Danusevičius. Vyriškumo spalvos”, in: Kulturpolis.lt, 2014

2014 – Justina Jurgaitytė, “Dailininkas tapo pagal internete rastas nuotraukas ir klipus”, in: Lietuvos rytas, 2014-04-22

2014 – Monika Krikštopaitytė, “Genijaus peleninė ir gimnasto vienatvė”, in: 7 meno dienos, no. 6 (1067), 2014

2013 – Mindaugas Jackevičius, “Homoseksualai išnyra iš tamsos”, in: DELFI, 2013-07-23

2013 – Vidas Poškus, “Raguoliai ir poros: ‘Jaunojo tapytojo prizo’ finalininkų paroda Šiuolaikinio meno centre”, in: 7 meno dienos, no. 45 (1059), 2013

2013 – Eleonora Jėgialaitė, “Derybose su pasąmone”, 7 meno dienos, no. 38 (1052), 2013

2013 – Kristina Stančienė, “Nuo sutemų iki aušros’: kitoks gyvenimo ir meilės scenarijus”, in: Lietuvos rytas, 2013-07-24

2012 – Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė, “Apie tapsmą mažuma: Pokalbis su tapytoju Adomu Danusevičiumi”, in: 7 meno dienos, no. 40 (1008), 2012

2008 – Ieva Dilytė, “Karmino politika: Adomo Danusevičiaus ir Alinos Melnikovos tapybos paroda galerijoje ‘Tulips & Roses’, in: 7 meno dienos, no. 813, 2008

2008 – Jonas Žakaitis, “Jokių ribų ir jokių naujienų: Pokalbis apie Alinos Melnikovos ir Adomo Danusevičiaus tapybą”, in: 7 meno dienos, no. 810, 2008