ARŪNAS ŽILYS

Was born in 1953 in Vilnius. 1973 graduated from the M.K.Čiurlionis National School of Arts. 1979 graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts. Since 1976 participates in exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad. Since 1985 Member of the Lithuanian Artists’ Union.

Painter Arūnas Žilys stands a little further away from his colleagues in Lithuanian art, representing a traditional colorist school of painting, whose main points of support are emotional experience, expressionist manner, and range of local colors. A.Žilys goes the other way – he openly declares and nurtures a refined aestheticized and decorative beginning in his work. His paintings seem to be marked by the beauty of the frozen world. But that seems to be the case at first glance. On closer inspection, various semantic and cultural layers begin to translate, encoding a rich language of signs and their meanings. The recurring motifs of past cultures are perceived and conveyed by the modern-minded person. In A.Žilis’ paintings, figurative beginnings, symbolistic moods, sophistication of modern stylistics and decorative interpretation of forms coexist harmoniously. All these features are characteristic of the stylistics of postmodernism, but in A.Žilis’ works they are protected from the declaration of the aesthetics of aggression, anger and ugliness characteristic of postmodernism. A.Žilis’ paintings are dominated by theatrical elements – fantastic, unreal and blunt characters move as if against the background of decorations. Their stylization is also emphasized by the specific manner of performance characteristic of A.Žilis – small, nervous and agile touches of the brush to the surface of the canvas create an epic vibration of colors and space.

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The most important exhibitions

1989 Chicago International New Art Form Exposition; Chicago, USA.
1994 Mostra D Arte Pittori Della Lithuania; Venice, Italy.
1996 Personal exhibition; Worpsvede, Germany.
1996 Personal exhibition; Arnsladt, Germany.
1997 Personal exhibition; Baroti Gallery, Klaipeda, Lithuania.
1998 Personal exhibition; Vartai Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania.
1999 Personal exhibition; BGH Gallery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, USA.
2000 Personal exhibition; BGH Gallery, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, USA.
2001 Personal exhibition; Artifacts Gallery, Cumbria, USA.
2001 Personal exhibition; Baroti Gallery, Klaipeda, Lithuania.
2003 Maldis Gallery; Vilnius, Lithuania.
2008 Personal exhibition; Esteban Gallery, Paris, France.

2010 Personal exhibition; Castle Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2011 Business Sails; Vilnius, Lithuania.
2011 Hermitage Gallery; Eze, France.
2012 Solo exhibition, Castle Gallery; Vilnius, Lithuania.
2013 Personal exhibition; Esteban Gallery, Paris, France.
2013 Personal exhibition; Castle Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2014 Personal exhibition; Castle Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2014 Mostra D Arte; Venice, Italy.
2015 Personal exhibition; Artifacts Gallery, Cumbria, USA.
2016 Joint exhibition; Domus Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2018 Joint Exhibition, Art Beijing 2018, Beijing, China
2019 Joint Exhibition, Art Beijing 2019, Beijing, China
2019 Joint Exhibition, Frogman Art, China World Tower Gallery, Beijing, China

Additional information

A.Žilis’ paintings and the jewelry he created were used in film and television films: Anywhere But Here; Mod Squad, Office Space, Perfect Murder, She’s All That, The Shrink Is In; True Crime; Arliss; Buffy The Vampire Slayer; Charmed; E.R; Friends; Jesse; LA Doctors; The Larry Sanders Show; Maggie Winter; Once & Again; Sport Night; Veronica’s Closet; VIP; Wasteland; Work With Me; X-Files; Nurse Betty.

Collections

The works of A.Žilis have been acquired by the National M.K.Čiurlionis Museum in Kaunas, the World Bank in Washington, DC, USA and private collections all over the world.