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Education . . .
2008-2011 Estonian Academy of Arts, Fine Arts department – painting, MA
2004-2008 Tartu Art College, painting department
2007 Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Istitute of Fine Arts, Lahti, Finland.
Prizes and Scholarships . . .
2022 Award from the Estonian Cultural Endowment for visual and applied arts
2020 Gallery-G Art Prize
2017 Konrad Mägi Prize
2016 Köler prize nominee
2013 Sadolin Art Prize
2011 Young Artist Prize
Selected solo exhibitions . . .
2021 “… and Other Shades of Light.” together with Krista Mölder. Curated by Siim Preiman. At Tallinn Art Hall. Tallinn. Estonia.
2021″Imaginary creatures at the twilight.” Rüki Gallery, Viljandi.
2021 “Shimmering star Magenta. Was it a dream or was it real?” at Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia.
2020 “I see a glow from the seabed. It has no end, no beginning. And the color changes in every moment.”
at Kordon Art Residency Container Gallery, Kärdla, Hiiumaa.
2020 “Human as a plant” at Haapsalu City Gallery, Estonia.
2018 “Secret Whistle in the Forest” together with Mari-Leen Kiipli, Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
2018 “Mapping the jungle” with curator Leslie-Moody Castro, Karen Huber Gallery, Mexico-City, Mexico
2018 “Kristi Kongi in Dialogue with Kasper Bosmans. Alchemists, Artists, Cleaners and Others”, with curator Kati Ilves. Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2018 “Houses with soul” Dedazo residency, Carrillo Puerto, Mexico
2017 “Aberration. Exercises with light and shadow” in Vaal gallery. Tallinn
2016 “Have you seen yourself” in Hobusepea gallery. Tallinn
2014 “Then. Now. Between All Those Times” in Tallinn City Gallery. Tallinn
2013 “Androgynic Mind Machines” (with Raoul Kurvitz ), in Tallinn Art Hall gallery, Tallinn
2012 “Wish I were a bird”, in Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn
2012 “HEAVEN” ( with Marta Stratskas), in Vaal gallery, Tallinn
2010 “Transformer”, in Draakon gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
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Selected group exhibitions . . .
2021 “Colour as an idea. Thoughts on colour.” Curated by Kristi Kongi. At ARS project space, Tallinn, Estonia.
2021 “Savvala/Savage” curators Eliza Ramza and Andris Eglitis, Duki/Jaundrusti, Latvija.
2020 – 2021 “Frenetic standstill” curators Ilaria Bonacossa and Valerio Del Baglivo, GAM, Palazzo Madama, Torino, Italy.
2020-2021 “Let me dream once more” curated by Kristi Kongi, Narva Museum Art Gallery, Narva.
2019-2020 “Report to the Audience. Acquisitions of Tartmus” curators Julia Polujanenkova, Heiti Kulmar, Tartmus, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia.
2019 “Art Museum of Estonia 100. Open Collections_ The Artist Takes the Floor”, curator Eha Komissarov, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia.
2019 “Women artist from Pallas 1919-2019” curator Reet Pulk-Piatkowska, Noorus galerii, Tartu, Estonia.
2019 “Lines Composed During A Tour” curator Sean Gaulager. Featuring Sara Vanderbeek, Andy Coolquitt, Kristi Kongi, and Erin Curtis
Co-Lab Projects @ Springdale General, Austin, TX.
2018 “Contemporary Art from Estonia.” curated by Britta von Campenhausen. European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2018 GroupShow at Kogo Gallery, curator Liina Raus, Tartu, Estonia.
2016“Nomadic Images”, 16. International Painting triennal, curator Linas Liandzbergis, Museum of Applied Art, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2016 “Performance Currency” curator Gabriel Mestre, Tripitaka Water Bank, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2016 “Suur maalritöö”, curator Liisa Kaljula, in Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu, Estonia.
2016 Kilometre of Sculpture, curator Anna Virtanen, Rakvere, Estonia.
2016 Köler prize nominees exhibition, in Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn.
2014/15 White sheet – Three Versions. dFab, Riga and Arka Gallery, Vilnius
2014 “Can’t go on. Must go on” curators Elin Kard and Mihkel Ilus. in Tallinn Art Hall. Tallinn, Estonia.
2014 “Merike Estna & I’m a painting” curators Kati Ilves & Merike Estna, in Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia.
2014 Artishok Biennale. A+B=AB14. Mūkusalas Mākslas Salons, Riga
2014 “Kas me sellist muuseumi tahtsimegi?” in Tartu Art Museum, curator Rael Artel. Tartu, Estonia.
2013-14 “Young painter prize”, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2013″Are we not drawn to new era”, in Tartu Art House, in Tartu
2012 Speed of darkness and other stories, Kumu Art museum of Estonia, Tallinn
2011 Young painter prize finalists exhibition, in Titanikas exposition hall, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2010-11 “Girl power”, Artdepoo, Tallinn, Estonia.
2010 “Zugzwang”, Baltic young art, Commune Art, vilnius, Lithuania.
2010 Painting in Process, Kumu Art museum of Estonia, Tallinn.
2010 193 x 292“, in Vaal gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.
Residencies . . .
2019,2020 Kordon residency, Kärdla, Hiiumaa.
2018 Dedazo artist residency, in Tapachula, Mexico
2017 research residency, Mexico City, Mexico.
2016 De Liceiras, Porto, Portugal
2014 SIM residency, in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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Books . . .
Aberration. Exercises with light and shadow
At the Vaal gallery
Editing: Kristi Kongi
I haven’t moved my head from the pillow
Editing: Kristi Kongi, Indrek Sirkel & Anu Vahtra
Can’t go on, must go on
At the Tallinn Art Hall 25.10-30.11.2014
Artists: Mihkel Ilus, Kristi Kongi, Katrin Koskaru, Mihkel Maripuu, Anna Škodenko, Mart Vainre.
Curators: Mihkel Ilus, Elin Kard.
Compiled by: artists
Kati Ilves & Merike Estna (Eds.)
Dear I’m A Painting / Always Yours Blue Lagoon
The publication „Dear I’m A Painting / Always Yours Blue Lagoonˮ is published on the occasion of the exhibition project „Merike Estna and I’m A Paintingˮ at Kumu Art Museum (27.06.–02.11.2014).
Texts: Gavin Wade, Merike Estna and Kati Ilves, participating artists: Ei Arakawa, Kristi Kongi, Taavi Tulev, Nicolas Party, James Ferris, Samara Scott, Frank Ammerlaan, Kris Lemsalu, Katinka Pilscheur, Simon Daniel Tegnander, Dan Rees, Kerstin Brätsch, Annie Hémond Hotte, Jon Rafman, Juste Kostikovaite