Adomas Danusevičius Lithuanian, b. 1984

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.