Latvian artist Katrina Avotina presents her delightful portfolio filled with vibrantly colorful scenes. Enjoy, and visit her website to see more.
It was natural for me to become an artist. Colors, brushes and canvases were always around my home since early childhood, as my family have been artists for generations.
I have been participating in exhibitions since I was sixteen and won several awards, the most important being the opportunity to spend some time in Vienna City. It was here that I discovered the inspirational F. Hundertwasser’s art. Other artists that inspire me include Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt and Pablo Picasso.
I began my education at Art College, and continued my studies in a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, followed by a Masters Degree at the Art Academy of Latvia.
I have taken part in solo and group exhibitions since 1993, with my paintings being held in private collections throughout the world including Ireland, the UK, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
For the last ten years I have been living in Leeds. The beautiful Yorkshire scenery widens my creativity. Here I find the different forms of nature that make it feel like Italy, France, Spain and Latvia all in one.
In my paintings, I devote much attention to the play of colors, line and plot. I convey my vision of the world with colors and images, but the plot plays a special role.
For the past year I have been included in several art shows. I was part of the digital art exhibition “Story of the Creative” and also the See.me Arts Organization’s show in Times Square, New York City, where three of my paintings were on display. My painting “Living The Dream” was announced as a showcase winner in the Painting Category by ARTslant in, New York.
This summer I held a successful solo exhibition at the “Shine Arts” Business & Conference Venue in Leeds, UK, and two of my paintings “Moment in Yorkshire” and “Message to Beloved” have been sold at the charity auction “Liktendarzs” in Riga City, Latvia.
An exhibition “Dream or Reality” was dedicated to Riga City as the 2014 European capital of culture. It featured my mother and artist Ilze Avotina at Art Gallery “Istaba”, and took place in September.
Currently, my painting “Spend a Day with Mercury” is exhibited in the art show “Art Galaxy”at the Arsenals Exhibition Hall, Riga City, Latvia.
I wish to spread beauty in the world and to bring happiness to people through my paintings. I hope that all those who view my works feel the love I portray.