I have studied art at Tartu Children’s Art School (1984–1988) and Tartu Art School (1990-1994) and painting at the University of Tartu (1996–2000, BA and 2005–2008, MA). Since 2000, I have held seven personal exhibitions. I am a member of Estonian Painters’ Association and Estonian Artists’ Association.  

Series „Trees“

I look at the sky and I see trees. The sky appears to me through the branches of the trees. The branches against the sky remind me of the roots within the ground. I have a thought that the trees somehow connect the ground and the sky and I do not need more to paint the trees.

Paintings: „Buds“, „Evening“, „Apple tree blossoms“, „Frozen apples“, „Old apple tree“, „Apple tree in winter“

Series „100 views of Ilmatsalu“

The paintings of the series depict landscapes with a view of Ilmatsalu. Ilmatsalu is the former collective farm centre, located close to Tartu, the second largest town in Estonia.

The extended title of the series is „100 famous views of Ilmatsalu and its vegetable gardens“, and alongside the series of Trees, it formed a part of my Master’s thesis. The title of the series was inspired by the series of woodcuts by famous Japanese artists: „36 views of Mount Fuji“ (Hokusai) and „100 famous views of Edo“ (Hiroshige).

One of the reasons behind using such a title was my wish to create 100 views of Ilmatsalu village in Tartu county, which would via the title automatically connect with the great masters of art history and such famous places as Tokyo (Edo) and Mount Fuji in Japan. In addition, it has a touch of humor in it. The motifs of Ilmatsalu, with their strange light and Soviet architecture, remind me of the scenes of the science fiction novels of the brothers Strugatsky, especially that of „Roadside picnic“.

Series „War and peace“

The series „War and peace“ is a subseries of „100 views of Ilmatsalu“ and depicts fantasy landscapes of Ilmatsalu in a contemporary war setting. This fantasy is not meant as a premonition of the future but to note that the boundaries between the time of peace and time of war are narrow.

Everything that seemed natural at one time might seem unnatural at another. A simple happiness might not always shine through.

The series “War and peace” acts as a reminder that nowadays, there is always a war going on somewhere and many battlefields are similar to those monotonous and common landscapes where the Estonian people go about their daily routine, with safety in their lives they take for granted.

The simple yet monotonous views of the time of peace can also be special, nostalgic and safe.


Personal information
Time and place of birth:
1974, Tähtvere, Tartu county

Place of residence:
Tartu and Kamarna village in Ida-Viru county

Marital status, children:
Cohabitation, 1 son, 1 daughter

Mobile phone: +372 53 48 14 78

2005 – 2008    University of Tartu, Master’s program (3+2) in Painting
2000 - 2002     University of Tartu, teacher training program, art teacher
1996 - 2000     University of Tartu, Painting
1990 - 1994     Tartu Art School, artistic decoration
1989 - 1990     Tartu 14. upper-secondary school/Tartu 1. upper-secondary school
1981 - 1989     Ilmatsalu secondary school
1984 - 1988     Tartu Children’s Art School
Professional activity  
2002 – present Sillaotsa upper secondary school, Tartu county, Haaslava parish – teacher of art and handicraft
2000 – 2005    Alatskivi School of Arts, Alatskivi, Tartu county – art teacher
2001 - 2004     Ilmatsalu secondary school, Tartu county, Ilmatsalu – handicraft teacher
1994 - 1996     AS Tameo (cables and silk printing and painting), Tartu – silk painter
Organizational membership          
2009          Estonian Artists’ Association
2009          Estonian Painters’ Association
2004          Tartu Artists’ Union, 2009 – 2010  board member (left because of maternity leave)
2004-2007 Mooste visitors’ studio
2003          Artistic group OMP (Eva Orav, Maia Möller, Maris Palgi)

2007    Eduard Wiiralt scholarship for an Estonian art student
2007    Loviisa visitors’ studio, Loviisa, Soome (Artist in Residence Program, Loviisa, Finland)
2000    Lembit Rändi scholarship for University of Tartu student of painting
Personal exhibitions
2010 E-exhibition „Trees and gardens“, at Art Awareness Centre, WWW, 5.10. – 30.11.2010
2010 Personal exhibition „Trees“, at the gallery of Tartu Children’s Art School at Tiigi Street, March 2010
2009 Personal exhibition „I look at the sky. I see trees“, at the gallery in the foyer of Tartu Centre for Creative Industries, located at Kalevi 13, Dec 2009 - Jan 2010
2009    Personal exhibition „War and peace“, in the small gallery of Tartu Art House 02. 04 – 19. 04. 2009.
2008    Personal exhibition „Trees are the hands of the Earth“, 17.12.2008 – 05.01.2009 Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn
2007    Personal exhibition „Estonian trees“, 12. -25.08.2007, in the summer gallery of Saltbodan, Loviisa, Finland
2001    Personal exhibition ”Niceness, quietness and lust”, in the monumental gallery of Tartu Art House
2000    Personal exhibition "Der Schlafende Junge", University of Tartu library, Tartu

Selected joint exhibitions   
 2009   Annual exhibition of Painters’ Association "The word of painting vol 2", September 19th – October 11th, 2009, Tartu Art House
2008    Art blog Artishok ( „Artishok annual exhibition XxX“, 10.07. –  19.07.2008 (Maris Palgi’s day – 17.07.2008), Tallinn City Gallery, Harju Street 13, Tallinn
2008    Estonian Painters’ Association’s second exhibition of the 2008 annual exhibition series „Perfect circle“, 3.06. – 5.07.2008, ArtDepoo Contemporary Art Gallery, Jahu 12, Tallinn
2008    Estonian Artists’ Association’s annual exhibition „Freedom square“, 26.02. –  6.04.2008, Tallinn Art House, Vabaduse väljak 6, Tallinn
2008    University of Tartu chair of painting alumni exhibition „Jubilar, 06.02 - 17. 02.2008, Tartu Art House, Vanemuise 26, Tartu
2007    AS Linnaehitus foundation exhibition „Estonian landscape“, 17.11. – 16.12.2007,  Tigutorn, Väike-Turu 3, Tartu
2007    Estonian Painters’ Association’s exhibition „The right choice“, 06.09. –  30.09.2007, Tartu Art House, Vanemuise 26, Tartu
2007    University of Tartu Master students of art exhibition „Building“, Y gallery, Tartu
2006    „Summer days of Tartu young female painters“ with Meiu Münt, Eda Lõhmus, Kaie Luik, Meta Narusberk and Külli Suitso , 05.–30.07.2006 Tartu Art House, Vanemuise 26, Tartu
2006    „Three+“ with Eda Lõhmus and Helina Loit, 22.05. -09.06.2006, Vaal gallery, Tartu road 80d, Tallinn
2006    AS Linnaehitus foundation exhibition „Meaningful town“, Tartu Art House, Vanemuise 26, Tartu
2006    Tartu artists’ exhibition in Kaunas, curated by Matti Milius, 15. 03– 5. 04.2006, gallery Meno parkas (Rotušės sq. 27, Kaunas) Kaunas,  Lithuania
2005    Tartu artists’ end of year exhibition, Tartu Art House, Vanemuise 26, Tartu
2004    ”Repaired art?”, Pärnu Concert Hall, Pärnu
2003    „Dark side 2“ at Vaal gallery, Tallinn
2003    “South-Estonian landscapes”, Viljandi town gallery, Viljandi
2002    “Dependenceindependence”, Art House,  Tallinn
2001    “Tartu! Painting!” Tartu Art House, Vanemuise 26, Tartu
2000    Tartu artists’ end of year exhibition, Tartu Art House, Vanemuise 26, Tartu

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