Mindaugas Lukošaitis Lithuanian, b. 1980
Mindaugas Lukošaitis (b. 1980, Lithuania) is an artist mostly known for his drawings, but his works also include sculptures and objects. He graduated from the Sculpture Department at the Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2003. Despite a sketch-like manner, free and swift strokes, Lukošaitis’s drawings are acutely precise, vibrant and energetic. His work can be distinguished for a notable craftsmanship and a deep conversance of anatomy.
Without employing archival material or photographs that would illustrate the topic of his work, Lukošaitis substitutes documentary history with products of his own imagination. His artworks demonstrate the power of vision and imagination that allows having a sharper look at topics such as history, the relevance of post-war resistance, the search for identity, and the spirit of patriotism - both in history as well as in everyday life. The artist tends to rely on the classical, academic drawing technique, where a pencil is used for shading and outlining. However, his approach to academic drawing is unique: Lukošaitis draws “his own realism”, without using models or pictures.
Another important aspect of Lukošaitis’s work is its non-historicalness. The artist draws strange uncanny pictures of isolated objects and nature-like forms, or depicts imagery of unrealised ideas. These drawings are created not to be contextualised outside themselves but to be understood as free products of creative inspiration or realisations of the sketching practice in drawing.
Mindaugas Lukošaitis regularly takes part in international group shows and holds solo exhibitions in Lithuania as well as abroad. He represented Lithuania at the 26th São Paulo Biennial and participated in the Populism exhibition curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen at the Frankfurter Kunstverein in 2004. Lukošaitis’s works have been exhibited at institutions such as VOLTA NY, Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, and Galerie Fons Walters in Amsterdam. His drawings have also been included in Phaidon’s encyclopaedia Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing and featured in collections of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark), Lewben Art Foundation (Lithuania), MO Museum (Lithuania), as well as ones of private collectors in Lithuania and abroad.
Born 1980 in Šiauliai, Lithuania
Lives and works in Šiauliai, Lithuania
1999-2003 – Sculpture (BA) at Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2020 – Mindaugas Lukošaitis, One Artwork Gallery ‘1KG’, Plungė (Lithuania)
2017 – Imagination. Composition. Dream., VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2015 – Jews. My History 2“ / „Jesus Christ“, Šiaulių Dailės Galerija, Šiauliai (Lithuania)
2013 – Talvisota / Winter war. ARTscape: Slovakia, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2012 – Mindaugas Lukošaitis, VOLTA NY, New York (USA)
2012 – Jews. My History, Modern Art center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2005 – IBID Projects, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2020 – GOViT-20, Narvaišiai (Lithuania)
2020 – Spectrum, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2018 – All Art Is About Us. MO Museum’s inaugural exhibition, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2017 – Body and Darkness, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2016 – Parallel, Alte Post, Vienna (Austria)
2013 – ViennaFair, VARTAI Gallery, Vienna (Austria)
2013 – Summertime Readings. Selected works from Cēsis Art Festival exhibition, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2013 – Summertime Readings. Cēsis Art Festival exhibition, Cēsis Brewery (Latvia)
2013 – Part of a Larger Whole, Lithuanian Contemporary Art, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2013 – Art13 London, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (London)
2013 – Interaction, AQB, Budapest (Hungary)
2012 – Slick Brussels, VARTAI Gallery, Brussels (Belgium)
2012 – Viennafair, VARTAI Gallery, Vienna (Austria)
2012 – Contemporary Istanbul, VARTAI Gallery, Istanbul (Turkey)
2011 – ViennaFair, with VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2011 – Resistance, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (Denmark)
2010 – Lithuanian Art 2000-2010: Ten Years, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2010 – Baltic Art Factor‘10, Šiaulai Art Gallery, Šiauliai (Lithuania)
2009 – Urban Stories, The X Baltic Triennial of International Art, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2008 – Eurasia: Geographic Crossovers in Art, Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto (Italy)
2007 – Black & White - IBID Projects, London (United Kingdom)
2007 – Baltikum part II, Kalmar konstmuseum, Kalmar (Sweden)
2006 – Robert Barta, Ross Chisholm, Mindaugas Lukošaitis, Djordje Ozbolt, Jakub Julian, Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery, Munich (Germany)
2005 – Populism - Frankfurter Kunstverein, Stedelijk Museum, Frankfurt/Main (Germany)
2005 – BMW - The Baltic Triennial of International Art, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2005 – Playstation - IBID Projects presents: Milena Dragicevic and Mindaugas Lukosaitis, Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
2005 – On Line, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (Denmark)
2005 – Enthusiasts - Young Lithuanian Artists Show, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2004 – Virus, Šiauliai Art Gallery, Šiauliai (Lithuania)
2004 – Somewhere Near Europe, Cultuurcentrum Strombeek, Brussels (Belgium)
2004 – Who if not we…?, BAK, Utracht and Centraal Museum, Utracht (The Netherlands)
2004 – In My Own Juice, Rotermanni Soolaladu, Talin (Estonia)
2004 – Sao Paulo 26th Biennial, Sao Paulo (Brazil)
2003 – Qui vive?, Biennial for Young Art, Moscow (Russia)
2003 – 2 show, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (Lithuania)
2000 – Exit Festival, Helsinki (Finland)
2000 – Projects in private spaces, Goldap (Poland)
Lithuanian Art Museum (Lithuania)
MO museum collection (Lithuania)
The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art collection (Denmark)
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...
Mindaugas LukošaitisImagination. Composition. Dream 8 Sep - 13 Oct 2017The artist’s drawing sensibility was shaped and clearly influenced by the ink wash painting tradition, which was strong and distinctive in the East. That is why his larger-format free line...
Body and DarknessGroup Exhibition 7 Mar - 14 Apr 2017The exhibition balances on the fringes of consciousness and talks about dark inclinations and the ( non) human body through which they take shape. Shrouded in chiaroscuro the overtly visual...
Stano Masár / Mindaugas LukošaitisArtscape: Slovakia 18 Jun - 19 Jul 2013Mindaugas Lukošaitis 'Talvisota' (Winter War) Stano Masár 'Interval' On June 18, Galerija VARTAI opens two solo shows of the continuing interdisciplinary project Artscape with the oeuvre of Contemporary Slovak artist...
Linas JusionisOnly in the snow remained the marks 22 Jan 2013 - 28 Feb 2014
Code Art Fair 2018Copenhagen, Denmark 30 Aug - 2 Sep 2018Presented artists: Janis Avotinš Mindaugas Lukošaitis Vytautas Viržbickas
Parallel Vienna 2016Vienna, Austria 21 - 25 Sep 2016Presented artist: DONATA MINDERYTĖ MINDAUGAS LUKOŠAITIS
ViennaFair 2013Vienna, Austria 10 - 13 Oct 2013Presented artists: ANDRIUS ZAKARAUSKAS ANTANAS SUTKUS LAURA GARBŠTIENĖ MINDAUGAS LUKOŠAITIS VOLDEMARS JOHANSONS ŽILVINAS KEMPINAS
Art13London 2013London, United Kingdom 1 - 3 Mar 2013Presented artists: ARNAS ANSKAITIS ŽILVINAS KEMPINAS TIM KLIUKIOT ŽILVINAS LANDZBERGAS MINDAUGAS LUKOŠAITIS
Contemporary Istanbul 2012Istanbul, Turkey 22 - 25 Nov 2012Presented artists: EVALDAS JANSAS PATRICIJA JURKŠAITYTĖ ŽILVINAS KEMPINAS MINDAUGAS LUKOŠAITIS
ViennaFair 2012Vienna, Austria 19 - 23 Sep 2012Presented artists: ARNAS ANSKAITIS ANDRIUS ZAKARAUSKAS MINDAUGAS LUKOŠAITIS ŽILVINAS KEMPINAS
Slick Brussels 2012Brussels, Belgium 19 - 22 Apr 2012Presented artists: ANDRIUS ZAKARAUSKAS Linas Jusionis MINDAUGAS LUKOŠAITIS ŽILVINAS KEMPINAS
VOLTA New York 2012New York, United States 8 - 11 Mar 2012Presented artist: MINDAUGAS LUKOŠAITIS
ViennaFair 2011Vienna, Austria 12 - 15 Jun 2011Presented artists: ANDRIUS ZAKARAUSKAS MINDAUGAS LUKOŠAITIS ŽILVINAS KEMPINAS
2011 – Mindaugas Lukošaitis. Drawing, catalogue, ed. Virginijus Kinčinaitis, Vilnius: Galerija VARTAI, 2011
2010 – Lithuanian Art 2000–2010: Ten Years, catalogue, ed.: Linara Dovydaitytė, Renata Dubinskaitė, Asta Vaičiulytė, Vilnius: Contemporary Art Center, 2010
2009 – Urban Stories. The X Baltic Triennial of International Art, catalogue, Vilnius: Contemporary Art Center, 2009
2005 – VITAMIN D - New Perspectives in Drawing, ed. Emma Dexter, London: Phaidon Press, 2005
2005 – The POPULISM, Lars Bang Larsen, Cristina Ricupero, Nicolaus Schafhausen, catalogue, ed.: Lars Bang Larsen, Cristina Ricupero, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Berlin: Sternberg press, 2005
2004 – Hajo Schiff: 26. Biennale von Sao Paulo, Geschichte der Ausstellung und Thesen des Kurators, Kunstforum, 2004
2003 – 2 Show. Young Artsist from Latvia and Lithuania, catalogue, ed.: Helena Demankova, Vilnius: Contemporary Art Center, 2003
2014 – Virginijus Kinčinaitis, “Tamsios graffito anglies istorijos”, in: Krantai, no. 4, 2014
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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...