Aili Sarv (photo, 1947) Aili Vint (photo, 2005)

how I decided to become an artist 

— Because I promised! 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.. — I am painting! —Yes, I will be an artist! (Aili Sarv (in 1947)

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


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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

 

AILI VINT 

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

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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

PEDAGOGICAL ACTIVITY 

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!" 

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 The creative trainingś video is here: Eesti kunst, Aili Vint /ERR/ 1998  Eesti kunst: Aili Vint 

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ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE BOOKS  

Aili Vint  THE SEA BOOK , published by Tulikiri, Tallinn 2011

Aili Vint THE SEA BOOK , published by Tulikiri, Tallinn 2011

Aili Vint  LIKE SUN IN THE SKY,  published by Ilo, Tallinn 2000

 

SOME INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

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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

 

LATEST EXHIBITIONS

2018 Estonian Art 1918 - 2019, Tretjakov Galery, Moscow “Border Poetics. Estonian Art 1918–2018” is an exhibition of the Art Museum of Estonia and the National Tretyakov Gallery, combining Estonian art of the last hundred years from the collections of the two museums.

On The Arctic Ocean 1981, oil on canvas, 175 x 200 cm,  Tretjakov Galery, Moscow

On The Arctic Ocean 1981, oil on canvas, 175 x 200 cm, Tretjakov Galery, Moscow

On The Island of Tütarsaar 1985 oil on canvas 115 x 145 cm Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow

On The Island of Tütarsaar 1985 oil on canvas 115 x 145 cm Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow

XXX Baltic Regatta. Waiting for The Wind, Triptychon II, 1979 oil on canvas 174 x 150 cm  Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow

XXX Baltic Regatta. Waiting for The Wind, Triptychon II, 1979 oil on canvas 174 x 150 cm Tretjakov Gallery, 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 

Soviet Hippies are present at the exhibition: PEACE AND LOVE, London 2016  (Nõukogude lillelapsed - Soviet hippies: psychedelic underground of 1970s Estonia / Nõukogude hipi / YouTube)

Soviet Hippies are present at the exhibition: PEACE AND LOVE, London 2016 (Nõukogude lillelapsed - Soviet hippies: psychedelic underground of 1970s Estonia / Nõukogude hipi / YouTube)

2016 Soviet Hippies are present at the exhibition: PEACE AND LOVE

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

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

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

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.“   

 

Catalog from 2019: “Border Poetics. Estonian Art 1918–2018” is an exhibition of the Art Museum of Estonia and the National Tretyakov Gallery, combining Estonian art of the last hundred years from the collections of the two museums.

 

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