On October 28, Tsekh Gallery in Vilnius hosted one of the most important art events in the Baltic countries – Young Painter Prize 2016. Among 15 finalists a jury of art critics, curators and painters decided that this year’s prize would go to Rosanda Sorakaitė for the painting Night Light. Two Second Prizes were awarded to Adriāna Vīgnere (Latvia) and Vita Opolskytė (Lithuania), while Dovilė Bilkštienė (Lithuania) got the Viewers’ Choice Award.
Young Painter Prize, held since 2009, combines the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian young artists with a common goal – to present their national identity, art school practices and personal creative potential. According to art critics, the project has become a kind of Baltic younger generation painting chronicler, an important platform for young artists. Moreover, this project aims to help its target audience in both Lithuania and abroad – art collectors, managers, curators – to discover new talent in Baltic States.
This project is focused solely on artists under 30 years old from all disciplines who have acquired (or are in the process of acquiring) a diploma in art. The age limit has been imposed deliberately as the organisers wish to concentrate only on those very young artists who have just graduated (or are graduating) universities and have not yet had the opportunity to appear in public. This category of young artists is most vulnerable and has the largest need for support.
The young Lithuanian painter Rosanda Sorakaite tells us a bit more about her creative work just after receiving the prize – 2500 Euros and the chance to work and live in art residency in Budapest for two months.