Katrīna Neiburga was born in 1978. She holds an MA from the Latvian Academy of Art in visual communications. She has been exhibiting since 2000 and has participated in the Sydney and Moscow biennales. In 2008, she was short-listed for the Ars Fennica Award and received the Purvītis Prize, which is the highest Latvian award in fine arts.For Katrīna Neiburga, art is subordinate to a yearning for emotion, authenticity and the preservation of living memory. It is poetry that operates at the level of perception and feeling: pared to the bone, saturated with truth, searing and beautiful. One of Neiburga’s chief means of expression is her deeply personal iconography, which is evident in her video installations, both in exhibitions and as theatre set designs. She is interested in sociology, investigating preconceptions about the nature of things.
Andris Eglītis has studied fine arts at Latvian Academy of Art, I.E.Repin Saint‑Petersburg Institute of Art, Russia, as well as at HISK in Gent, Belgium. In 2013 he won Purvītis prize, the highest award in fine arts in Latvia.
Andrejs Strokins has graduated from the Department of Graphic Design at the Latvian Academy of Art and received additional training at numerous photography courses and creative workshops.Andrejs Strokins works as an independent photographer, and most
recently has garnered awards at a number of photography competitions, including Kaunas Photo Star, La Quatrieme Image, and the Photo Annual Awards in the category of documentary photography.
Arnis Balcus was born in 1978. She is a photographer, teacher and the chief editor of FK Magazine that covers Latvian and international photography. He has BA in Communication Studies from University of Latvia and MA in Photographic Studies from University of Westminster.
Ritums Ivanovs is a Latvian painter who uses precise and hyperrealist depictions of reality and bright polychromatism typical of Op Art.
Working in his unique linear technique, he paints portraits and nudes on exceptionally large-scale canvasses. Mr. Ivanovs most often uses a photo as a basis, yet sketches and paints his works completely freehand. The main subjects of Ritums Ivanovs’ works involve
human emotional moods, in both dramatic and subtle styles.
Krišs Salmanis is a conceptual artist whose works question identity, material properties, and the role of the artist as a creator—all with deceptive simplicity and straightforwardness. Salmanis, however, avoids generalizing about his practice, saying instead that each piece explores a single idea to its fullest. He does admit to a preference for working with moving images and animation; even his installations and sculptures often have a motorized or kinetic component. Salmanis also uses his body as a material or a base in some of his works, which have included tattoos, shapes waxed into his chest hair, and alphabets made from the folds of his fingers. Salmanis also makes films, graphics, and photographs.
Jānis Dzirnieks was born in 1992, he is studying in the Bachelor’s program at the Art Academy of Latvia, majoring in Visual Communications. He also studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin for a year. Since 2013, he has been actively participating in the development of illustration projects, drawing illustrations for Popper Publishing publications and exhibitions. He has participated in a number of group exhibitions at the following galleries: Zwitischer Maschine, Berlin, Maloinoji6, Vilnius, La Escocesa, Barcelona, Deutsches Haus New York, galleries 427 and Alma, in Riga, the National Library of Latvia exhibition halls and others. Dzirnieks is part of the artist association 3/8, within which he has had two exhibitions, at the X kg, and 427 galleries (2016) and the / RIXC media space (2015). In collaboration with Evelīna Deičmane and Kate Krolle, he has also designed scenography for the Dirty Deal Teatro show Mēness dārzā(trans. from Latvian “In the Moon’s Garden”) (2014).
Evita Vasiļjeva wasborn in 1985. She is a Netherlands-based Latvian artist. Graduated from the Fine Arts program at the Amsterdam Gerrit Rietveld Academie (in 2012). She is mainly a sculptor, who is not limited to a physical material. Video, performance or shaping the thinking can be extensions of her material.
Ieva Kraule (b. 1987, Riga, Latvia). Together with another Latvian artist Kaspars Groševs Ieva is running 427 – non-commercial gallery in Riga. Ieva works in different media including photography, video, ceramics and painting. She references applied arts and architecture of the Soviet era in her work while tracing origins of both personal and collective aesthetic codes.
Indrikis Gelzis was born in 1988, in Riga, Latvia. He’s a laureate at HISK – Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Gent, Belgium and he received he’s BFA and MFA in Visual Communication from the Art Academy of Latvia. His work has been exhibited at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2012, 2014, 2017); Gallery Vartai in Vilnius, ERA VI VII VI in New York; Arsenals. National Museum of Art - Creative space and others. Gelzis currently lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.