Aili Sarv (photo, 1947) Aili Vint (photo, 2005)
how I decided to become an artist
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.
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 (in 1947): I am painting! —Yes, I will be an artist!
Before the Sun went down I watched, mesmerized, as Sun picked sunset colors and started painting on the Sea. Suddenly the world became unbelievably colorful. Powerful glow of colors was in front of me and behind me, above me and below me; I even felt it under my feet. At that moment I was absolutely sure that no one painter could paint so…— ''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.
Aili Vint (1969): Now I am an artist and I will try to show you this glorious moment — my life’s first magical touch of the Sun
SO SO RED HOT 1969, gouache painting, 28 x 20 cm
the story of my destiny
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 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.
Can you imagine! Now our pictures sleep together!
WORKS IN MUSEUMS
Marine Art Museum in Ochakov, Ukraine.
Tretyakov’s Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia
Kumu Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
Was born in 1941 in a tiny town of Rakvere, Estonia, Europe.
One memory from childhood: During the hot summer days, in our dry and dusty hometown we used to play a game of bathing in the Sea. One of us would close her eyes and the other would lead her from warm sunlight into cool shadow. The one with the eyes closed had to sense the difference and quickly yell whether she was in the Sea or out of the Sea.
1962-1967 Studied at Institute of Art, Tallinn, Estonia
1964 Member of ANK’ 64, a creative group of students
1967-present is married to painter and writer Toomas Vint
1970-present Freelance artist, a member of Estonian Artists' Association
SOME SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 CAPRICES, in Tartu Art House
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, Estonia
1991 - 1996 Estonian Academy of Arts lecturer, a creativity mentor
1996 - 2002 Estonian Business School, creative know-how training for top leaders and businessmen
1999 - 2006 Estonian Euro Management Institute, creativity mentor
Since 2012 TTÜ creative training for architects
Creativity mentor Aili Vint in creative training for top leaders from 1991: "Whatever your profession, switch on your creative light and you will see a genius!"
The creative trainingś video is here: Eesti kunst, Aili Vint /ERR/ 1998 Eesti kunst: Aili Vint
ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE BOOKS
. Aili Vint LIKE SUN IN THE SKY, published by Ilo, Tallinn 2000
SOME INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS
Aili Vint REFLECTIONS, 1993, acrylic (the Light, reflected on the color, is glowing from behind. The tilted board is pure white).
Exhibited in Osaka Painting Trienale,93
1995 Osaka Sculpture Trienale, Japan
1994 Osaka Graphic Trienale , Japan
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
2018 Estonian Art 1918 - 2019, Tretjakov Galery, Moscow
2018 The exhibition is part of the project "Somewhere in Between. Contemporary Art Scenes in Europe" in Bozar. Brussels
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, a new exhibition at London's Red Gallery, takes visitors back to Soviet Estonia to step into a parallel universe — the hippie movement that existed within the Brezhnev regime.
Curated by KIWA and Terje Toomistu, the exhibition is based on an in-depth anthropological study, which saw the pair interview 15 people who were part of the hippie movement in the “Soviet West”, as Estonia was known owing to its bohemian feel and rock music scene. Visitors to Soviet Hippies will be able to get a privileged insight into the experience of this generation, with the interview films and a rich array of archive photography due to be shown at the exhibition.
“In the shadow of strict rules and harsh repressions, a colorful crowd of artists, musicians, freaks, vagabonds and other long-haired drop-outs created their own world, their own underground system that connected those who believed in peace, love, and freedom for their bodies and souls,” said the curators of this fascinating counter-culture.
SOME CATALOGS FROM EXHIBITIONS
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
From catalog's:The desire for freedom art in Europe since 1945: The Estonians are a “sea folk“ and always were. It is no wonder that the sea was associated with the idea pf freedom during the Soviet era. This explains why the horizon in Vint´s painting is a bright area, set off optically from the darkness of the foreground. A gleam of hope lies in the distance, while the present is defined by darkness. An Estonian viewing this scene might also sense the „white ship“ from popular Estonian legend, whose coming marks the beginning of an auspicious age and is awaited by the followers of the folk prophet Maltsvet, on the shore.“
Invitation to exhibition: ARTIST'S FOOTPRINT
2014-2015 Aili Vint's and Toomas Vint's exhibition: ARTIST'S FOOTPRINT, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia
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 THE SUN SETS AND RISES FROM THE TALLINN ART HALL 2013-2014 Time-and-Space Specific Light Installations, 3000 x1400 x 900 cm