SetP Stanikas Lithuanians, b. 1961 and 1962

Svajonė Stanikienė (b. 1961, Lithuania) lives between Paris and Vilnius. In 1987 she graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts obtaining a degree in ceramics. Since 1991 Svajonė is a member of Lithuanian Artists’ Association. In addition to that, from 2004 she became a member of Lithuanian Photographers’ Association. Between 2003 and 2004 she taught in Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, France. In 2005 lectured in London Goldsmiths College and from 2013 until 2014 - in Ecole supérieure d‘art des Rocailles in Biarritz, France.

Paulius Stanikas (b. 1962, Lithuania) also lives between Paris and Vilnius. In 1985 he graduated from Vilnius University obtaining a degree in economics. Since 1991 Paulius is a member of Lithuanian Artists’ Association and as of 2004 he is a member of Lithuanian Photographers’ Association. Between 2003 and 2004 he taught in Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, France. In 2005 he lectured at London Goldsmiths College and from 2013 until 2014 in Ecole supérieure d‘art des Rocailles in Biarritz, France.

The duo's work is often described as controversial - it is abundant of themes like eroticism, death, aggression, through which allegorical, associative stories are told. Artists began their creative journey by making sculptures, and over time started combining them with drawings and photographs, in which they often pose, thus creating a greater effect - causing shock, psychological discomfort to the viewer. SetP Stanikas are participating in shows since 1988 and are one of the most active Lithuanian artists, their creative collaboration spanning for more than three decades. They have represented Lithuania in the world's most prestigious exhibitions and projects, like international Venice, Liverpool, Moscow and Beijing Biennales, the Pompidou center and world renowned galleries such as “Vu” in Paris and “White Box“ gallery in New York. After success in Venice Biennale, SetP Stanikas were invited to lecture in prestigious French contemporary art school Studio national des arts contemporains.

 

Paulius Stanikas (b. 1962, Lithuania) also lives between Paris and Vilnius. In 1987 graduated from Vilnius University in industrial planning. Since 1991 Paulius is a member of Lithuanian Artists’ Association. Since 2004 is a member of Lithuanian Art Photographers’ Association. Between 2003 and 2004 taught in La Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, France. In 2005 lectured in London Goldsmiths College. From 2013 to 2014 lectured in Ecolle supérieure d‘art des Rocailles, Biarritz, France.

 

SetP Stanikas are participating in shows since 1988 and are one of the most active and creative Lithuanian artists who produce for almost more than three decades now. They represent Lithuania in the world's most prestigious exhibitions and projects, among them – international Venice, Liverpool, Moscow and Beijing Biennale, the Pompidou center and the world-famous gallery in Paris „Vu“, „White Box“ gallery in New York. After success in Venice Biennale SetP Stanikas were invited to lecture in prestigious French contemporary art school „Studio national des arts contemporains“.