THE PAINTING EXHIBITION "AUTUMN OF THE MARINE ARTIST" BY EDVARDAS MALINAUSKAS

KCCC Exhibition Hall presents a painting exhibition "Autumn of the marine artist" by Edvardas MalinauskasThe exhibition opening 5 p.m. 11th September 2015.

Edvardas Malinauskas was born on May 21, 1937 in Radviliškis, North Lithuania. In 1945, he and his parents moved to the seaport, where he graduated from Kristijonas Donelaitis secondary school (currently Vytautas Magnus Gymnasium). In 1957–1963, he studied painting at the State Art Institute of Lithuania (currently Vilnius Academy of Arts). After his studies, he returned to live and work in Klaipėda. In 1963–1969, Edvardas Malinauskas worked in the "Fine Arts" industrial complex. In 1969, he and his colleagues founded the Klaipėda Children's art school, where the artist was appointed the  Director. Malinauskas remained in office there from 1969 to 1979, then he resigned and worked as a teacher. Since 2001, he has been engaged in only creative work.

In 1970, Edvardas Malinauskas became member of the Lithuanian Artists' Association. In 1987, he was awarded the title of the Honoured Artist of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic. The artist received the medal as Lithuania′s Man of Art, as well as a certificate of honor for his contribution to Lithuanian culture. In 2006, Klaipėda municipality awarded him with the title of the city's Master of Culture.

The painter has participated in exhibitions since 1967. He was participant in a number of national and international exhibitions in Finland, Germany, Latvia, and Russia. His most famous works include "The Curonian" (wood), "Country Fair" (colored plaster); paintings "Ieva Simonaitytė and Her Literary Characters", "The Fatal Wave", "The Sun above the Baltics" (exhibited at the Government‘s House), "Kristijonas Donelaitis Among the Lithuanian Peasants","The Legend","Reflections of the Vilnius Tower", "Lithuanian′s Maneuver at Salaspils in1609" and others. Many of the artist′s works have been acquired by private collectors in Great Britain, Australia, Austria, Greece, Israel, the USA, Germany, Finland, Canada, Norway, and Colombia.

Edvardas Malinauskas has been recognized as an original and fascinating portraitist. The talented artist has immortalized many dwellers of Klaipėda, some of the portraits were bought by Lithuanian Art Foundation. By doing paintings on historical themes, Edvardas Malinauskas pays his tribute to the region of Klaipėda and its history. However, the core and essence of the artist′s creative work that distinguishes him from other Lithuanian painters and gives him special status, is focused on marinistic topics. The seascape became the most significant theme of his work.

"Painter Edvardas Malinauskas has been celebrated for his seascape paintings not only in Klaipėda, but all over Lithuania. During his long period of creative activity, the artist has gained extraordinary skills in the field of marine landscape, and today, he deservedly is considered the most famous Lithuanian painter of seascapes. At his exhibition "Edvardas Malinauskas – In the Absence of the Sea" in 2010, the painter offered an unexpected intrigue and surprised the viewers by his expressive seacoast landscapes, where instead of the usual waters, romantic images of nature prevailed, while the leitmotif for the whole exhibition was willows – the trees of especially expressive silhouettes, very characteristic for the landscape of the Klaipėda region. The exhibition of painter Edvardas Malinauskas, who has been actively involved in the cultural life of the city, once again testified the artist's unique creative energy, his capability to change and the need to search for new motives, while giving interpretations to the usual ones", art critic Kristina Jokubavičienė said at the presentation of the artist′s creative work.

The exhibition is open until October 11, 2015.