I didn't choose to become an artist because I didn't really have a choice between anything. I always wanted to be just an artist.

There are no artists in my family. My parents took me to art school at the age of 10.

I have studied at the Latvian Academy of Arts, I was born in Latvia, where my career as an artist began. 

I have always been interested in black and white drawing, painting and illustration. I have worked a lot on animated films.

There have been times when I have felt that I would never do art again, but I have always returned after a short or long break.

I don't know why, but I can't do without it.

One day I ended up in Denmark. I live and work in Copenhagen now.

A new stage in life and art. In my painting the new period began with blue color. Why blue ?

The color blue gives the mind a touch of calm and contemplation, but it can also draw a psychological veil of cold and it is the dualism that inspires me.

But blue is also a symbol of sadness and loneliness and longing. There are many clichés and perceptions about the blue. 

Color is one of the most powerful tools of expression. Maybe you see nothing but the pure color but the most important and interesting part is

where the color will take you. Color is a power which directly influences the soul.

In my art I would like to articulate something we’ve felt, and we connect to that thing in a way where words aren’t necessary. It’s a feeling that’s hard to describe but makes us feel less alone in a way—that someone else understands us and gives a voice to this thing inside us.

Subject of my paintings might be state of mind rather than representing reality.

I keep on using colour to create an illusion of mental space on a canvas.

I continue with the red and I return to the black.

LAIMA PUNTULE

Living and working in Copenhagen , Denmark 

Born in Riga, Latvia

 

EDUCATION

 

Art Academy of Latvia, Professional Master's Degree in Fine Arts

 

Member of BKF (Billedekunstneres Forbund)

Member of ProoK (Foreningen for Professionelle Kunstnere og Kunsthåndværkerev)

Member of Latvian Artists ' Union 

 

 

WORKSHOPS

 

2008     Artlab workshop To be noticed in the art market ,

             Danish Cultural Institute, Riga, Latvia

2003     Braziers International Artists Workshop, United Kingdom

2000     Workshop for professional animators, Copenhagen, DK 

1994     Foundation Artists' House Boswil, Switzerland

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2021     Kunstvinduet Gallery Havneholmen,  Copenhagen

2020     BEHIND THE BLUE , Broby Culture house, Sweden  

2011     PAINTINGS and LARGE-SCALE DRAWINGS, Art Gallery 21, Riga, Latvia

2009     HAPPY END Gallery Maksla XO, Riga, Latvia

2005     I WANTED TO BE A PAINTER I.Veihertes' Gallery , Riga, Latvia

2004     IMPROVISATION Gallery Tifana, Riga, Latvia

2002     THE ZOO I.Veihertes Gallery, Riga, Latvia

2000     BY PENCIL ON PAPER  Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia

1997     PAINTINGS Gallery Daugava, Riga, Latvia

1995     IMPRESSIONS. PAINTINGS Gallery Daugava, Riga, Latvia

1994     PAINTINGS  Foundation Artists' House Boswil, Switzerland

1993     PAINTINGS Gallery G&G, Riga, Latvia

1992     PAINTINGS Gallery Kolonna, Riga, Latvia

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021    BLUE MATTER, Riga Central Library, Latvia

            SEE BEYOND, PLMC Museum Global center for Latvian Art. Cesis, Latvia

            CLINCH ILLUMINATED Annaborg Art center, Denmark

2019    HUMANS Gallery Maksla XO, Riga, Latvia

2018    Østerbro Street Art project,Copenhagen, Denmark   

2015    Perspective of the Solar System,The Arsenals Exhibition Hall, Latvia

2014    EPIDEMIC  Kunsthal Århus, Denmark 

2012    WHERE IS MY AIRPLANE  Riga Art Space, Riga, Latvia

2011    Is It That He Does Not Seek The Truth, But Does Want To Influence?Riga Art Space, 

2010    AUTUMN Recycled Riga, Latvia

2010    BIG IN SMALL, Moscow,Moscow international Art Saloon

2008    AUTUMN   Artists Union Gallery, Riga, Latvia

2005    AUTUMN   Artists Union Gallery, Riga, Latvia          

            ART ON PAPER  Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia

            DRAWING Gallery XO, Riga, Latvia 

2004    MINIATURES Gallery RIGA , Riga, Latvia 

2003    PROOF Studio 1.1 London , United Kingdom 

            GROUP EXHIBITION Lildstrand, Denmark

            ART OF SMALL FORMS Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia

            LATVIAN ABSTRACT PAINTING Art  Museum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia

            LATVIAN ART INVASION IN ESTONIA, Parnu,  Estonia 

2002    LATVIAN ART Kaunas, Lithuania 

2001    TIME IN BETWEEN Art Museum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia 

            RIGA 800, Riga, Latvia 

            DRAWING Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia

2000    SPRING 2000, Art Museum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia 

            MINIATURES Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia

            AUTUMN 2000, Riga, Latvia 

1999    MINIATURES Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia 

            AUTUMN 1999 Art museum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia 

            DOCUMENTATION OF BOSWIL,  Aarau, Switzerland

            LATVIAN ART EXHIBITION, Voipala, Finland

            GRUOP EXHIBITION Gallery Bastejs, Riga, Latvia 

            MESSAGE ON THE POSTCARD Gallery Bastejs, Riga,Latvia 

            GROUP EXHIBITION  I.Veihertes' Gallery, Riga, Latvia 

1998    MINIATURES Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia 

            2.WORLD EXHIBITION OF LATVIAN ART Exhibition hall Latvia, Riga, Latvia 

            AUTUMN 1998 Art Museum Arsenals, Riga, Latvia 

1997    SPRING 1997 Riga, Latvia 

            MELANCHOLY Bonn , Germany

            REMINISCENCE OF SUMMER Gallery Daugava, Riga, Latvia 

1996    COMPETITION EXHIBITION FOR VILNIUS TRIENNAL 

            Latvian Art Museum, Riga, Latvia 

            VILNIUS TRIENNAL Vilnius, Lithuania 

            23 ARTISTS FROM LATVIA Madrid, Spain 

            AUTUMN 1996 Exhibition Hall Latvia, Riga, Latvia

1995    SPRING 1995 Riga, Latvia 

            LATVIAN ART IN STOCKHOLM Stockholm, Sweden 

            LATVIAN ART IN DENMARK, Aarhus, Denmark

1994    EUROPE ART Geneva, Switzerland

            LATVIAN ARTISTS EXHIBITION Basel, Switzerland

1993    SPRING 1993 Riga, Latvia 

            LATVIAN ARTISTS AND AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS OF 

            LATVIAN ORIGIN, Australia 

            BALTIC STATES CULTURE FESTIVAL Germany

1992    LATVIAN ARTISTS Gallery Vartai, Vilnius, Lithuania 

            BEAUTIFUL PAINTINGS Gallery Daugava , Riga, Latvia 

            AUTUMN 1992 Exhibition hall Latvia, Riga, Latvia 

1991    THE THREE Gallery Daugava, Riga, Latvia 

1990    SPRING 1990 Exhibition Hall Latvia, Riga, Latvia 

1989    AUTUMN 1989 Exhibition Hall Latvia, Riga, Latvia

 

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

2014  - 2017     Animation/documentary project My Favourite War

                         Bivrostfilm Norge

                         Background Artist Designer

2016                 Feature-length animated movie  Lotte and The Lost Dragons

                         Joonisfilm ,Estland

                         Background Artist Designer

2015                 Animation project Apple pie lullaby

                         RijaFilms , Riga,  Latvia

                         Background Artist Designer

2005 – 2012     RijaFilms, Riga, Latvia

                         Art director, Background supervisor,

                         Project manager, Background post processing,

                         Background artist/designer

                         Storyboard artist, Video design artist

                         Artists' assistant, colorist ,3D animation

    

2012                 Book illustrations   Lotte Trip to the South, Esti Joonisfilm

2006                 Book illustrations LOTTE FROM INVENTORS GARDEN, Esti Joonisfilm

 

2002 - 2003     Game Studio, Riga, Latvia

                        3D texture  artist

2001 - 2002     SIA Sybersoft, Riga, Latvia

                        3D texture  artist

1997 - 2001     RijaFilms , Riga,  Latvia

                        Artists' assistant, Artist Designer ,

                        Storyboard artist , Background artist /designer, 

                        CleanUp , inbetween

 

1991 - 1998     Milgravis Art School , Riga  LV

                        Drawing/painting teacher