Aili Sarv  1945                                                                Aili Vint  2005  


I was no longer a small child when I suddenly found myself standing in front of a real, live Sea. I remember the gentle breeze touching my hair and silky water caressed my feet. I watched them through the water and wondered how an artist might pain the translucency of the sea. It seemed so impossible. 
Aili Sarv (1945):  I am painting! - Yes, I will be an artist!
Painter Aili Vint: You see! When people ask me how long it took me to complete this or that sea painting, I am always tempted to answer: A long, long time – since childhood, when I watched, open-mouthed, as the Sun picked sunset colors and started painting on the Sea. - When I grow up I will paint a Sun so, so red hot, that when you look at it, you will feel the heat from it and you'll be dripping with sweat!," I boasted to the other children.
When I was a child there was a seascape with gigantic wave, hanging on the wall by my bed. I remember how, at bed-time, instead of going to sleep, I roamed on crests of the waves and sometimes slid down to the trough. In that stormy sea I had my own place to crawl into when I felt sleepy, and so I often dozed off in the embrace of the silky wave.
The picture by my bed was a copy of The Ninth Wave (1850), by Ivan Aivazovski. And today, three of my seascapes are hanging in one room side by side with Ivan Aivazovski’s works at the Marine Art Museum in Otchakow, Ukraine.  
 Aili Vint: Can you imagine! Now our pictures even sleep together!



Sadkow Museum of Marinists, Ochakow, Ukraina
Tretyakov’s Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia
Kumu Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA



2016    "Caprices"  in Tartu Art House
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2001     Gallery of Rakvere Museum, Rakvere
2001     Haus Gallery,Tallinn
2001      Olion gallery, Tallinn
1999     Gallery of Estonian House, New York, USA
1995     Kastellaani Maja Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
1995     Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
1990    Järvenpää Cultural Centre, Järvenpää, Finland
1990     Oulu Cultural Centre, Oulu,  Finland
1988    The Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn
1977, 1996    Gallery of the Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia



Was born in 1941 in a tiny town of Rakvere, Estonia, Europe.

1962-1967   Studied at Institute of Art, Tallinn, Estonia

1964  Member of ANK’ 64, a creative group of students

1970-present   Freelance artist, a member of Estonian Artists' Association



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1991 - 1996      Estonian Academy of Arts lecturer, a creativity mentor

1996 - 2002     Estonian Business School creative training for top leaders   

1999 - 2006     Estonian Euro Management Institute,  creativity mentor   

Since 2012       TTÜ  creative training for architects




1. Aili Vint The Sea Book, published by Tulikiri,  Tallinn  2011  

1. Aili Vint The Sea Book, published by Tulikiri,  Tallinn  2011  

 2. Aili Vint  Like sun in the sky, published by Ilo Tallinn  2000

3.  Aili Vint Yellow in the blue like the sun in the sky,  published by Kunst, Tallinn  1980 
Animated film "Flight" (1973) by film director Rein Raamat, combining animated film with the art of painting, featuring op-like artwork by the renowned Estonian painter Aili Vint

 1974   Animated film "Flight" - 3/4 jury special prize, II Zagrebi International Animated Film Festival, Yugoslavia. 

1994   Konrad Mägi prize, Estonia

2002   Order of the White Star, Estonia

2015   Kristjan Raud prize, Estonia



 2012    CHA Roads & Tracks Moscow International Art Salon 
2002    The Baltics Museum of Rutgers University. New Yersey USA
2001    Faulconer Galleri of Grinneli College, Iowa, USA
2000   Tallinn–Moscow   1956 — 1985  Joint exhibition of Estonian and Russian unofficial art. Tallinn Art Hall
1995    Osaka Sculpture Triennial, Japan
1994    Osaka Print Triennial, Japan
1993    Osaka Painting Triennial, Japan

 Aili Vint  Reflections, 1993, acrylic, exhibited at the Osaka Painting Trennale' 93 (The Light, reflected on the color, is glowing from behind. The tilted board is pure white)

1993    Substance — Unsubstance. The 1st annual exhibition of the Soros Foundation, Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Tallinn, Estonia
1988, 1991    Miniprint Triennial,  Chamalières France
1987    Art of Soviet Estonia, Moscow
1987    Rostock Painting Triennial, Germany
1984    Space and Form, Art Hall, Tallinn
1983, 1986   Riga Miniprint Triennial, Latvia
1981, 1987   Lodz Miniprint Triennial, Poland
1977   Szecin, Poznan, Warssavi (with Toomas Vint) Poland
1975, 1984   Baltic Painting Triennial, Vilnius,  Lithuania
1972, 1997   Cracow Graphic Art Biennial, Poland
1971, 1980, 1983, 1989, 1995   Tallinn Print Triennial, Estonia



2017  MONA The Museum of New Art, Pärnu, Estonia

2016  Caprices in Tartu Art House, Estonia

 2016  Soviet Hippies are present at the exhibition: Peace and Love  

 Soviet Hippies are present at the exhibition: Peace and Lovein London and at Uppsala Konstmuseum   2016  

 Soviet Hippies are present at the exhibition: Peace and Lovein London and at Uppsala Konstmuseum   2016  

Aili Vint Illustration from the book "Yellow in blue like the sun in the sky" 1979, gouache on paper,28 x 42 cm

Aili Vint Illustration from the book "Yellow in blue like the sun in the sky" 1979, gouache on paper,28 x 42 cm



2010  POPKUNST FOREVER  Estonian Pop Art at the turn of the 1960s and 1970s, Kumu ART Museum     

2012  CHA Roads & Tracks Moscow International Art Salon, Russia

2013  The artists group  ANK' 64 Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia

2013   The Desire for Freedom Art in Europe since 1945, 30th Council of Europe exhibition Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin; Palazzo Reale, Milan; Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn

Sea Under the Dark Sky  1975  oil on canvas  92 x 115 cm  Kumu Art Museum

Sea Under the Dark Sky  1975  oil on canvas  92 x 115 cm  Kumu Art Museum

2014-2015   Aili Vint's and Toomas Vint's  exhibition : Artist's Footprint .Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia

2016  Soviet Hippies are present at the exhibition: Peace and Love , London



Together with Toomas Vint it was our intent to put the visitors, as they entered the Tallinn Art Hall, into the right frame of mind. For that we prepared a surprise for the people rushing in from the winter gloom. They could see The Sun rising in the display window, and upon entering, they were walking on grass and the scent of fresh-mow in hay tickled their noses.
 Aili Vint Time-and-Space Specific Light Installations:The Sun sets and rises from the Tallinn Art Hall 3000 x 1400 x 900 cm



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