Painter Aili Vint (ne'e. Sarv) 1941  

Aili Sarv  (photo, 1945)                                                          Aili Vint (photo, 2005)  

how I decided to become an artist 

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:  I remembered, I boasted to the other children. "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!" 
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SO RED HOT  1969, gouache painting, 28 x 20 cm


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.. 


 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 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!



 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



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, Tallinn, 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 





   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



1993  Osaka Painting Trienale, Japan

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



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, London

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

 Soviet Hippies are present at the exhibition: PEACE AND LOVE, London2016


        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


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.“    

 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



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 Time-and-Space Specific Light Installations: THE SUN SETS AND RISES FROM THE TALLINN ART HALL, 3000 x1400 x 900 cm