LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
Eduard Zentsik is a prolific Estonian-based artist of many faces. He’s developed radically different artistic personas, refusing to link his name to a single signature style, technique, or theme. Instead, Zentsik mixes genres and media and playfully subverts the traditions of old.
Zentsik’s oeuvre is as enormous as it’s diverse. Some of his endeavors, like the mildly macabre art brut series, focus on physical metamorphoses and flourishes of the flesh. Others, like the highly symbolic paintings made in the surrealistic canon, accentuate the spiritual aspects of his philosophy. Elsewhere, the artist indulges in formless Pollockian color drippings or flirts with digital media.
Zentsik’s paintings contain an open-ended space, a distinctly magical reality where entities, artifacts, and concepts from seemingly arbitrary eras and cultures serve their enigmatic purpose. No mythology or esoteric teaching is immune to the artist’s tactful manipulations - Zen in Zentsik goes hand in hand with Tao, Krishna, Christ, and the Twelve Olympians.
This is not an intellectual game, though. Those willing to unlock the code are likely (and welcome) to reveal metaphysical depths. Some may find his work pretentious, but Zentsik is not afraid to use self-aware decorative strategies and deceptively simple tropes to convey big ideas. Behind the images, there is a powerful coherent cosmology explaining the underlying natural order, the ulterior essence of everything. This is true spiritual art with a transcendental message, ostensibly co-created and inhabited by the spirit of the Creation itself (all artworks have always existed, you know). Zentsik’s mission, therefore, is to cut open two-way windows between our world and the fantastical realm through which mystical figures and phenomena on the other side meet our gaze. Aren’t these the proverbial Platonic ideas represented on canvas in vaguely familiar forms?
Painter, photographer, graphic artist, designer, author of installations, performances and musical improvisations. Organizer of youth exhibitions and projects. For over years of creativity had more than a hundred personal exhibitions and took part in numerous joint projects. Participant and winner of international Photographic and Art competitions. Numerous works are in private collections around the world.
Member of the Estonian Association of Artists.
Member of the Photographers Union in Estonia.
Member of the Russian Artists Union in Estonia.
Member of the Union Painters of Estonia.
1995 year – member of avant-garde artistic projects.
1996-1997 year – personal classes in art studio of I. Lukyanov.
1998 year – accepted into the closed club of artists "April".
2000-2004 year – study at the Art Academy of Estonia.
Freelance artist since 2006 year.
2011 Author's works were included in the book of art-critic Galina Balashova "Installation
on the background of estonian landscape" about the important russian artists in Estonia.
2012 Publication of personal book about art Eduard Zentsik "My universe".
2011 The first prize in the international competition "Art Moment", St. Petersburg, Russia
2012 Prize in the biggest international photo competition - Wiki loves monuments
2012 Annual premium young talented artists Kultuurkapital.
2017 Painting is in the collection of the museum Schloss Fall, Estonia.
2018 One work in the collection maestro of fashion Alexander Vasiliev.
Seven works by the artist acquired the collection of the Pushkin Museum Preserve.
Two works are in the collection of the Museum Reserve Plyos.
The four works are in the collections of the Gallery of the Narva.
Two works in the museum’s collection of Sillamae.
One work in the collection of the New York Outsider Art.
One work in the collection of The Museum of New Art Pärnu, Estonia.
Art video are in the collection of the Pushkin Museum Preserve.
WHO I AM
Painter, photographer, artist.
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