Arvydas Zalpys

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existentialism, interculturalism, people, post modernity, time
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Visual Arts (curating art, painting)
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Lithuania
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Kaunas
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Ideas are very important

and painting time is limited

Arvydas Zalpys was born in 1955. He lives and works in Kaunas, Lithuania where he gained his art education. He is an artist, painting on canvas, glass and other surfaces. Since 1997 he has been Director of the Lithuanian Artists’ Association’s art gallery, Meno Parkas and initiated various international collaborations with artists in Europe. His work is regularly exhibited in his own country and also shown in France, Germany, Norway and the UK.
Lithuanian artist and gallery director, Arvydas Zalpys was born in 1955. He studied art in Kaunas at the B. Klova Drawing studio and at the Art School. He lives and works in Kaunas. Since 1997 he has been Director of the Lithuanian Artists’ Association’s art gallery, Meno Parkas in Kaunas. He has initiated various projects with Lithuanian artists, several international collaborations, and curates exhibitions of work in Kaunas and elsewhere.

Arvydas Zalpys is a self-confessed thinker, who finds that the conceptual element of modern art is becoming more and more appealing as his work develops. Originally working as a painter concentrating on aspects of expressive colour, Zalpys is now finding a more satisfying role as an installation artist. Most recently his work has been directed towards large sheets of plastic and glass, rather than canvas, and his compositions have taken on a more decorative and simplified quality. In some cases, these compositions are even worked down to a system of symbols and signs, which can be viewed from both sides of the glass.

As his interest in installation art grows, Zalpys’ artistic ingenuity grows with it. We are welcomed with an art work that takes on the air of a performance and encourages the audience to participate with the work.

His work is exhibited regularly in the major galleries of his own country and also seen periodically in France, Germany, Norway and the UK. In 2001 he was invited to Milton Keynes in England for the first international Artists Symposium organised by the Silbury Group. The event was an opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, stimulate and create work on the theme, ‘City – a Vessel for Souls’.

SOURCE: Silbury Group article on website.
Author: Judith Staines

Bio

Arvydas Zalpys was born in 1955. He lives and works in Kaunas, Lithuania where he gained his art education at the Art School from 1975-82. He is a painter and curator, working since 1997 as Director of the Lithuanian Artists’ Association’s art gallery, Meno Parkas. His work is regularly exhibited in his own country and has also been shown in France, as part of the Nimes European Contemporary Art Biennial in 2002 and in various galleries, also in Germany, Norway and the UK.

Works

FORTHCOMING PROJECTS

Exhibition / Installation
International Project ´Art Line´ International Project ´Kaunas - Krakow´ Project ´Bible Art´

CURATORSHIPS (Selected)

Exhibition / Installation
2000 International Wall Painting Symposium, Kaunas 2000 Art Project, Kaunas - Krakow 1999-2000 ´Guest of Gallery´, Kaunas Gallery, Kaunas 1999 ´Monopoly´, Nimes, France 1995, 96, 97, 98 International Painting Symposium, Kaunas 1992 ´Entdeckungen´, Art works from Baltic Republics, Hamburg, Germany

Collection

Exhibition / Installation
National M. K. Ciurlionis Museum, Kaunas

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Selected)

Exhibition / Installation
2003 Project ´Insert´, Kaunas, Lithuania 2002 European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Nimes, France 2000 ´Von Haus zu Haus´, Ludenscheid´ Sity´ Gallery, Germany 1999 ´Monopoly´, Ateliers de Fondblanche, Nimes, France 1999 ´The best work of the year´, Pictures Gallery, Kaunas 1998 ´Intime Collection´, IRIS-FOOD, Foix, France 1997 ´Evropske Mostky´, Pribam, Czech Republic

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (Selected)

Exhibition / Installation
2003 Installation in gallery ´4 Barbier´, Nimes, France 2000 ´Garden of Hopes´, project, Kaunas Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania 1999 ´Works on Paper´, Painting and installation, Atelier Ecorce de l´Art, Montpellier, France 1998 ´Works on Paper´, Hordaland Fylkeskommune, Bergen, Norway 1998 ´At the New Point´, painting and installation, Kaunas Gallery, Kaunas 1996 Pictures Gallery of Kaunas

Merits

2001 International Artists Symposium, Silbury Group, UK
1997 International Painting on Glass Symposium, Claret, France
1995, 96, 97, 98 International Painting Symposium, Kaunas, Lithuania

Www

Meno Parkas Gallery

In English and Lithuanian. Site for Lithuanian Artists Association gallery - Arvydas Zalpys is Director. Information on past and forthcoming projects.

Silbury Group

Information on International Artists Symposium

3rd Contemporary Art Biennale, Nimes

In French. Artist participated in 3rd Biennale in Nimes in 2002.