Kalvis Zuters
     
   
     
Born in Latvia, Kalvis Zuters graduated from the Latvian Academy of Art in 1993 with a specialization in painting. He is known for the masterful surfaces of his paintings, which feature enigmatic doll-like figures and are characterized by luminous glazes, soft colors, selective use of metal leaf, and remarkable visual texture. Zuters is represented in the United States by Marsha Child Contemporary.
  “Within the context of painting I am very interested in dolls because they are an unreal representation of human beings. A person can never be real in a painting. A painting is not made of flesh and blood, and it cannot move. Therefore, dolls are more adapted to the environment of the canvas than any photographic representation of a human. Moreover, our imagination can set the figures into motion and animate them according to our moods. In a certain way – through the use of one’s imagination – the viewer can thus be involved in the process of painting, involved in the work of art itself. As far as colors are concerned, dolls are also very interesting because most of the time their colors are not expected to follow the photographic representation of human flesh. Any color can be given to them and this is liberating because color is a powerful tool to use in expressing emotion.”



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“Me, My Mother and Beloved Fox II”
Oil on canvas
43” x 55

 

 

 


“Composition”
Oil on canvas
24” x 25.5”


 

 

 
“Pygmalion and Galatea II”
Oil on canvas
39” x 43”