KRISTAPS GELZIS (1962)
Born in Riga / Latvia
1986 graduated from Art Academy of Latvia, Department of Graphics.Fields of activity: objects, video installations, installations, graphics, book design.
1997 Professor of the Departments of Visual Communications of Latvian Academy of Art
Selected solo exhibitions:
2011 "Artificial Peace. Contemporary Landscape", the Latvian Pavilion at the 54th la Biennale di
Venezia, Venice / Italy
2010 "Artificial Peace"II, Māksla XO Gallery, Riga / Latvia (drawings).
2010 "Die Unechte Ruhe", Preview Berlin 2010, Germany (drawings).
2010 "Artificial Peace", Māksla XO Gallery, Riga / Latvia (drawings).
2009 "Maybe", Māksla XO Gallery, Riga / Latvia (watercolour paintings on paper ).
2008 "Home Video", Gallery Alma, Riga / Latvia (fluorescent paintings).
2007 "Bonaqua", Riga Gallery, Riga / Latvia (watercolour paintings on paper).
2000 "Time Square", Riga Gallery, Riga / Latvia
1997 "Independence Day", Riga Gallery, Riga / Latvia
1996 "Virtuale", State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia
1994 "Slide Paintings", Gallery P.U.N.K.T., Hamburg / Germany
Selected group exhibitions:
2011 "The Purvītis Prize", the Exhibition Hall Arsenals of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga,
2010 "Golden Works", the Exhibition Hall Arsenals of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia
2009 „Metabolism: contemporary latvian graphic art", State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia (drawing on
„Drawing", Māksla XO Gallery, Riga / Latvia (drawing on paper ).
„Contemporary Icons", Gallery Alma, Riga / Latvia („Kulik DNS", object).
International Contemporary Art Fair „Art Vilnius 09", Vilnius / Lithuania. ( „Home Video"
Gallery Alma, fluorescent paintings).*
2008 Art Festival- Cesis 2008. „Beauty". Cesis Old Beer factory. Cesis / Latvia. ( „Good night fairytale",
fluorescent painting instalation).
„Buket, Exibition of Latvian Contemporary Art", National Centre of Contemporary Art (ncca.ru).
Moscow / Russia. („ Holiday baloons", instalation).*
„Homo Urbanus - Homo Sapiens? Sculpture and Installations by Artists from Riga. Latvia".
Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam / the Netherlands. („Let,s keep in touch", sculpture in
city space. In cooperation with composer Voldemars Johansons).*
2007 „Contemporary art from Latvia" Calmar Contemporary Art Museum. Calmar city, Sweden.
(watercolour on wall).
2005 "Museum 100", State Museum of Art, Riga / Latvia (supersize digital prints).
2004 "Den Haag Sculptur 2004. Giants", city space, The Hague / Netherlands (sculpture "Red
"Faster Than History", Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma, Helsinki / Finland (video installation
"Nothing Personal", digital
2003 "Masks", the 7th International Contemporary Art Exhibition "Art Moscow", Central House of Artists, Moscow / Russia*"Adaptation", Exhibition Hall Rotterman Salt Storage, Tallinn / Estonia*
2002 "Nothing Personal", Städtische Galerie im Buntentor, Bremen / Germany*
2001 "Identity", Riga Gallery, Riga / Latvia*"New Reality. Identification", the 5th International Contemporary Art Exhibition "Art Moscow", Central House of Artists, Moscow / Russia*"Modern Uthopy", Museum of Eduards Smiļģis, State Museum of Art Exhibition Hall Arsenāls, Rīga / Latvija
2000 "Baltic Security!", Aarland Airport, Stockholm / Sweden
1998 "Ventspils Transit Terminal", the 6th Annual Exhibition of the Soros Contemporary Center of Art-Riga, Art Propaganda Train, Regional Museum of History and Art, Ventspils / Latvia* (curator)
1996 "Personal Time. Art of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 1945-1996", Contemporary Art Center Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw / Poland, Central exhibition Hall "Manezh", St Petersburg / Russia*
1995 "Private / Public", ARS 95, city space of Helsinki / Finland "Monument", the 3rd Annual Exhibition of the SCCA-Riga, Photography Museum of Latvia, Riga / Latvia*
1994 "Zoom Factor", the 1st Annual Exhibition of the SCCA-Riga, Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia "State", the 2nd Annual Exhibition of the SCCA-Riga, Art Museum Arsenāls, Riga / Latvia*"Firkspedvāle Conversations '94", Pedvāle Open Air Art Museum, Sabile / Latvia
1992 "Paaudze. Sukupolvi. Generation", Contemporary Art Museum, Pori / Finland"Mare Balticum", Nordic Art Center, Helsinki / Finland
1991 "Fiatal Müveszek Rigaból", Contemporary Art Museum, Budapest / Hungary*
1990 Rauma Biennale Balticum, Rauma Art Museum, Rauma / Finland*"Latvia - 20th Century Somersault", Exhibition Hall Latvija, Riga / Latvia*
1989 "Riga - Lettische Avantgarde", Stadtgalerie im Sophienhof, Kiel; Exhibition Hall Weserburg, Bremen / Germany*
1988 "Riga - Lettische Avantgarde", Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin / Germany* Theatre Museum, Riga / Latvia (together with Andris Breže, Oļegs Tillbergs, Juris Putrāms, Ojārs Pētersons)*
Catalogue Works in collections:
Latvian National Museum of Art (previous title - State Museum of Art), Riga / Latvia
Latvian Contemporary Art Museum Collection, Riga / Latvia
Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma, Helsinki / Finland
The European Parliament Art Collection, Brussels / Belgium
Museum of Artists' Union of Latvia, Riga / Latvia
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick / New Jersey / USA.
Swedbank Contemporary Art Collection, Riga / Latvia