LEVA ILTNERE

paintings that feature subdued colouring and discrete intonation

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"I am fascinated by the meeting point of rationality and mysticism, perfection and spontaneity, irony and tragedy, beauty and ugliness, trivial and important, moment and eternity. Painting for me is a kind of hypnosis session in which I am both the doctor and the patient."


Leva Iltnere entered the Latvian art scene in the early 1980s. Together with other young painters of her generation, she attracted much attention and radically changed prevailing conceptions about the Latvian figural painting. The fame of this generation of artists has not diminished since that time.

Leva is one of the most outstanding and creative artists of her generation. Her art can communicate great, significant ideas, important to both the individual and the society in general, through the intimate subject matter. Iltnere has created particular imagery that marks her style.

Her early works deal with themes of family, mother and child, the depiction of intimate aspects of life. The artist raised everyday phenomena to the level of sacredness. Today the artist synthesizes traditional means of painting and conceptual approach, inspired by different cultures, Western avant-garde art of the 20th century and Biblical themes.

Leva's paintings feature subdued coloring and discrete intonation. The artist pays particular attention to light and composition. Each work is endowed with a personal touch.

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