September 4 – October 2
The opening – September 9, 7.00 p. m.
"Art is a universal language, very closely linked to the harmony that lurks in each of us. We all have a garden of love and beauty inside, it only needs to be seen", – Sigitas Staniūnas.
In the exhibition "Gardens of Colour Harmony" Sigitas Staniūnas, a painter well known in Lithuania and abroad, presents multi-layered paintings. Most of them, now exhibited here, have been created for several years not only in the homeland, but also in other countries (Brazil, Taiwan, Russia, USA, Indonesia, Italy), so the works reflect the authentic language of the painter in the contexts of different cultures.
This exhibition is an overview of the artist's 30-year journey, where you see the most important, as well as the latest works of Sigitas Staniunas.
Sigitas Staniūnas is one of the most outstanding contemporary Lithuanian painters. In 1985, he graduated from Kaunas Art School. Later, he continued his studies at Vilnius Academy of Arts. In 1992, S. Staniunas began his professional artist’s career. Over the last three decades he had more than thirty performances, over fifty exhibitions, and participated in many national and international projects.
S. Staniūnas usually paints only with his fingers without using a brush, connecting a tradition of classic Italian and Dutch painting and methods of Asian painters with modern technologies. His paintings are especially valued for a multi-layered technique which was used mostly by Italian Renaissance painters. Bright and intensive colours, the atmosphere of exotic countries, mystique, and subtle irony dominate in his works.
The artist is also famous for his performances. They include the synthesis of arts: art, music, dance, photography, and video installations. During the performance, S. Staniūnas tries to create an aesthetic and exotic atmosphere, which would help the audience to understand the moods of paintings, to hear and feel sounds and scents of exotic places. The painter performed together with such music virtuosos as Sting, Dominic Miller, Enver Izmaylov, Paulius Kilbauskas, Rhani Krija, Sofia Rei, Vyacheslav Butusov, music groups "Megapol", "Aquarium", etc.
The author highlights freedom, professionalism, diligence, and truth in art. Love and nature inspires him. The link between history and culture, cultural heritages are very important to the painter.
For his creative activity and glorification of Lithuania's name, the artist is medalled with prestigious awards from world leaders and monarchs, i.e., the Order of the President of Lithuania "For Merits to Lithuania" or the highest Dutch award for merits to European culture – Oranje Nassau order, delivered by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. And in 2019, when the artist’s painting of St. Martin, created for the Scudi di San Martino Institute, was presented in Florence, S. Staniūnas was named the Lithuanian Botticelli by critics.
S. Staniūnas works were exhibited in Canada, USA, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil, Indonesia, Taiwan, Ukraine, Hungary, Russia, etc.
The painter’s pieces of art have been acquired by world-class personalities, and some works are also stored in significant private collections.
The exhibition is supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture