Biography

Audrius Gražys was born in Kaunas on the 14th of June,  1963.   He gained Master’s degree in Arts in the  Painting section of  Vilnius Academy of Arts.  A member of Lithuanian Artists Association since 1992. Lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania.

ABOUT MYSELF

I was born in the family of actors Bronius Gražys and Nijolė Narijauskaitė. Before studying acting, my father dreamed to be a painter. However, after he saw the paintings of other entrant students of the Academy of Arts, decided, that his paintings were worthless, tore them and started acting studies. Though he never gave up painting. Besides acting, directing and painting he was a passionate collector of art cards, antique books, badges, stamps, clocks, famous people signatures, but most of all he was involved into collecting works by Lithuanian painters. All our home walls were covered by books from floor to ceiling. After we moved to a new bigger home – pictures replaced them. The collection grew bigger and bigger and spaces between works – smaller and smaller. If it happened for my father not to purchase at least one picture per month – a slight “tension” was felt in the house. Seems like abidance in such a setting was a major impact on my future choices. Differently from other kids I never dreamed of being neither a fireman, nor an astronaut. Seems like from my early years I simply knew, that I will be a painter. Obviously, my first teacher was my father. Our home was always filled with actors, painters, musicians and students of my parents. Firs art history lessons I gained while father was over and over presenting his collection to our new guests. He talked about painting styles, coloristics and composition. Being a kid and seeing such a number of good works, I was not able to decide which ones I like the most. But still even then, those that needed interpretation were nailing my attention. Now I know that they were abstract works. Probably, that’s where my style got its roots. Abstraction is like a lab of how color and stain, their consistency or inconsistency can affect me and my viewer.

SELECTED PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

2020 “Audrius Bronius Gražys Painting”, National Kaunas drama theatre.

2020 “UN[pa]repeatable”, „Baroti“ gallery Klaipėda.

2019 „The Rules of the Game“ Antanas Mončys house-museum, Palanga, LT.
2019 „Returns II“ , Prosecutor General‘s Office of the Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius, LT. LT.
2019 Returns I“, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Vilnius, LT. LT.
2018 An Exhibition, dedicated to Klaipėda Jazz Festival, Klaipėda,
2018 „A FishEye out of Reach of New Zealand“, Artists Association Gallery, Vilnius, LT.
2018 „Stille Strukturen“, gallery Spiegel, Minden, DE.
2017 „ Pointillistic Time“. SAULIUS SAULIUS Gallery, Vilnius, LT.
2016 „Small and Big Issues .1998 -2015”, BAROTTI Gallery, Klaipeda, LT.
2016 „Far and Away‘‘, Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow, RU.
2016 „From White to Black“, Boisse, FR.
2015 „Parallels“ PARKAS Gallery, Kaunas, LT.
2015 “Small and Big Issues. 1998 -2015″ Gallery MENO FORMA, Kaunas, LT.
2013 „Golden age”, gallery, „Baroti“, Klaipėda. LT.
2013 „Parallels”, „Juozas Art” gallery, Vilnius. Lt.
2013 „Parallels“, “Lessbroussart” gallery, Brussels, BL.
2013 „Lithuanian Landscapes‘‘, Brussels, BE.
2013 „Parallels‘‘, hotel KEMPINSKI, Vilnius, LT.
2010 „Stories”, UŽUTRAKIS Palace, Trakai, LT.
2009 Painting. ” Mona Liza ” gallery, Paris, FR.
2008 “On the road ” Gallery XX2 ,Vilnius, LT.
2007 „Together and Apart‘‘. Gallery KAUNO LANGAS, Kaunas, LT.
2006 “ Birth‘‘. Gallery VIA DEL AMBRA, Arezzo, IT.
2004 „Far and Away‘‘, Gallery VARTAI, Vilnius, LT.
2002 “Human & Nature”, Minami Aoyama Gallery, Tokyo, JAP.
2002 “Paintings”, gallery CEURTAT , Lisbon, PT.
2001 “ A Week Has Four Days‘‘, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius, LT.
2001 „Into the Space‘‘, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, City Hall, Vilnius, LT,
2000 “Paintings”, Nord LB Bank, Vilnius, LT.
1999 „Tapyba”, German embassy, Vilnius, LT.
1999 “Paintings”, Embassy of Lithuania, Helsinki, FI.
1998 “ Two Weeks by the Ocean‘‘, Ebbaxaida Mineira, San Paulo, BR.
1996 “Paintings”, BAROTTI gallery, Klaipėda, LT.
1994 „Paintings”, KLAIPĖDA CULTURE COMMUNICATION CENTER, Klaipeda, LT.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 A Project “X:Memory”, Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils, LV.
2019 The 4th quadrennial of contemporary art “Memorabilia. Inserted to
Memory”, gallery „Meno parkas“, Kaunas, LT
2018 „Integration“. Art Vilnius, Litexpo, Vilnius. LT.
2018 Affordable Art Fair Barsea Park, RADO art gallery, London, UK.
2017 “Salcburg – Vilnius. Dialogues”, Neudrossenfeld, DE.
2017 “Salcburg – Vilnius. Dialogues”, Gallery ART Bv Berchtoldvilla, AT.
2017 “Salcburg – Vilnius. Dialogues”, ARKA Gallery, Vilnius, LT.
2017 „Cool‘Tas“, BAROTTI Gallery, Klaipėda, LT.
2017 “Raw Space”, Zwolle, NL.
2017 Art Vilnius , Litexpo, Vilnius, LT.
2016 „Cool‘Tas“, Kaunas, LT.
2016 „Far and Away‘‘, A3 Gallery, Moscow, RU.
2016 „Carbon 12“, DIGGI Pallace, Jaipur, IN.
2016 „Carbon 12“, EGG Gallery, Delhi, IN.
2016 „Zakhor“, Jewish Museum, Cape Town, ZA.
2016 „Starting Point“, A Gallery, Panevežys, LT.
2016 Art Vilnius 2016, Litexpo, Vilnius, LT
2016 „100 Percent of Painting“ ARKA Gallery, Vilnius, LT.

2015 „Spaces of Light“ UNESCO, Paris, FR.
2015 „Zachor“, Konrad Adenauer foundation, Berlin, DE.
2015 Visual Vilnius Jewish topography, Vilnius Town Hall, LT.
2014 “Apparent Stories. Transmissions”, UŽUTRAKIS Palace, Trakai, LT.
2014 “Wide angle. Time Limit”, ARKA Gallery, Vilnius, LT.
2012 “Art Vilnius’12” (Vilnius International Art fair), LT.
2012 Billboard paintings, Vyborg, DE.
2008-2010 “Autumn Salon in Paris 2009”, FR.
2008 International Biennial, Minsk, BL.
2008 Art Works Fair Expo, Saria, ES.
2008 “Language of Colours”, Lithuanian World Centre, Chicago, USA
2008 “From Good Painting to Video art”, National Museum of Rome, Castello San Angelo, IT.
2007 New: Illusion and Reality. The 4th International Art Biennial, Tashkent, UZ.
2007 13th International Vilnius painting Triennial, Vilnius Contemporary Art Center, LT.
2007 “Salon 2007 Moscow”, RU.
2006 “International Art Project Virus”, Šiauliai, LT.
2005 “Dialogue”, Gallery N. Tbilisi, GE.
2005 “Helsinki Zoo, Ice Sculpture”, Helsinki, FI.
2001 „Paintings“, gallery „1”, Upsala, SE.
2001 “Without Shadows”, European Parliament, Brussels, BE.
2001 „Paintings”, gallery “Artyp”, Brussels, BE.
2001 „Artists Space”, Berlin, DE.
2000 „24 hours -various motives“, gallery „Vartai“, Vilnius.
2000 “Park of Ice Sculptures”, Cathedral Square, Vilnius, LT.
1999 “Erotics”, VARTAI Gallery, Vilnius, LT.
1999 “Lithuanian Artists in Turkey”, Ankara, TR.
1999 “Four 4 – EUROGATE’99”, Taiwan, CH.
1999 “Sound + Vision Laboratory”, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, LT.
1998 Painting, NATO Residence, Brussels, BE.
1998 “Red Book”, Expo’98, Lisbon, PT.
1998 „Five Crossroads“,KLAIPĖDA CULTURE COMMUNICATION CENTER, Klaipeda, LT.
1997 „Galleries Present ”, Lithuanian painting 97, ŠMC, Vilnius, LT.
1997 “Magical Realism”, MANEZ, St Petersburg, RU.
1997 „Lithuanian Paintings”, „Mai“ museum, Kopenhagen, DE.
1997 ” The Exhibition of Lithuanian Plastic Art”, Sharjan Museum, UAE.
1997 „An Exhibition of Two Painters“, gallery “Grosser Wall“, Berlin, DE.
1995 “10th Vilnius Painting Triennial”, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, LT.
1995 “4th St Petersburg Biennial”, SPATIA NOVA, St. Petersburg, Russia.
1995 “VARTAI Gallery Painters”, M.K.ČIURLIONIS Gallery, Chicago, USA.
1994 “VARTAI Gallery Painters”, Gallery 10, Washington, USA.
1994 “Painting”, ŠMC, Vilnius, LT.
1994 “Painting”, Chambre de Commerce et d’Industriie, Nancy, FRs
1994 “Painting”, “Rhein Rhur” centre, Miulheim, DE.
1993 “Painting”, “Open Haven” museum, Amsterdam, NE.
1990 “Painting”, Lithuanian Embassy in Russia, Moscow, RU.

SENOGRAPHY, VIDEO ART

2013 Video art, opera „Šventvartė”, Anykščiai, LT.
2006 2006 video art “80 years of Lithuanian Ballet”, National Opera and Ballet Theater, Vilnius, LT.
1996 1996 Scenography for the play Bulgakov „Moliere“, Vilnius, LT.

AWARDS

2017 Golden Badge „For the Versatility and Reflexiveness in Creations“. By the resolution of the Council of Lithuanian Artists’ Association.
2003 Order of Merit (Officer’s Cross) of the Republic of Portugal by The President of the Republic of Portugal Jorge Sampaio.
1998, 2000 The first place in the artistic performances “Performances on the Sand”.
1997 Dienovidis Prize of the 10th International Triennial of Painting.
1996 A prize of 7th International Symposium of Painting.
1995 A prize of Vilnius International Plain Air.