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 was born in 1981. He 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. He describes himself as a painter, even though he builds impressive huge installations, which he calls sculptures of architecture, explaining that sculptures are three-dimensional statements, while architecture stands for itself. He also collaborates with his wife Katrīna Neiburga, who is a video and media artist, a number of multimedia installations have evolved from this collaboration. His comprehensive work investigates issues around space, civilization and wilderness. 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. He works with documentary photography projects as well as with vernacular images and found archives.
In addition to pursuing his personal projects, Strokins works as a freelance photographer, mostly working with reportage, portraiture and editorial assignments. He has recently 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. He 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. Balcus emerged internationally in 2003 with his series entitled Myself, Friends, Lovers and Others, which was showing the everyday life of Latvian youth, using snapshot aesthetics. Since 2008, he has mainly been exploring Latvian identity, disappearing collective rituals, historical taboos and social-political agendas.
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 was born in 1985. She is a Latvian artist based in Amsterdam and Riga a Netherlands-based Latvian artist, who graduated from the Fine Arts program at the Amsterdam Gerrit Rietveld Academie (in 2012). Evita Vasiljeva who works primarily in sculpture and installation. The objects she creates use basic materials used in construction, old electronics, and other relics of the urban landscape. Their significance is cryptic, and up to interpretation while formally they set up a stage in space to interact between each other and their surroundings.
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 studied at HISK – Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Gent, Belgium and received his BFA and MFA in Visual Communication from the Art Academy of Latvia. The work of Indrikis Gelzisis is born from the tension between instrumental rationality of modern life and the innate desires that drive us, mammals. Seeming abstract but having figurative origins and referring to modernist aesthetics, Gelzis’ works pay homage to modern life as much as they mock it. Somewhere between abstraction and figuration, his works sum up the modern condition of human beings.