Ilze Smildzina

Latvia - born in 1973

"Painting allows me to tell a story without words. My artwork contains fragments of what I have seen and experienced in daily life, but these scenes have been placed in a different reality, emphasizing the story itself. "

"At times, the storyline shifts during the work process, and the event is transformed into something entirely different. The imaginary world through which I want to actualize a theme or image may be relevant to me or the society at the time. The free space in my paintings' stories allows viewers to create their scene."

More about the artist


2019 - 8th Beijing International Art Biennale
2018 - The Menier Gallery, London, Art Gemini prize finalist exhibition
         - Lithuania, Kaunas, Parko Galerija, Between
2017 - Asia House, London, Art Gemini prize finalist exhibition
2016 - “Paint One Another Know One Another” exhibition in Beijing
2015 - 6th Beijing International Art Biennale
         - Cabourg, France, La Maison Florent, Cabourg
2014 - Gallery PopUp, About and around
2013 - Restaurant KID, Blossom
2012 - Art Gallery Bastejs, Intervention
2011 - ArtParis art exhibition, representing Saatchionline Art Gallery
        - Jurmala City Museum, Various feelings

Art symposia in France, Belarus, Finland, India and Cyprus.

Artwork is featured in private collections in Canada, Belgium, France, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, the United States, Belarus and Latvia, the National Association of Chinese Artists and the Luciano Benetton Collection.


2011 - 2015: Art Academy of Latvia, Printmaking Department, Masters degree

2009 - 2011: Art Academy of Latvia, Department of Painting, Figural workshop, Masters degree

2005 - 2009: Art Academy of Latvia, Department of Glass Art, Bachelor’s degree

2007: University of Sunderland, ERASMUS students exchange program, Department of Glass and Ceramics art

1994-1998, University of Latvia, faculty of Education and Psychology, Program of Visual Arts and History of Art, Bachelor’s degree

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