Raminta Blazeviciute (b. 1993) is a painter of the young generation. She completed her M.A. in painting at the Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2018. Since 2014, Blazeviciute has been actively participating in group shows, plein air painting sessions and competitions. In 2017, she became a finalist of the Algimantas Švėgžda Sixth International Drawing Competition.
The painter’s work visualises a journey into the inner world, in which reality is intertwined with dreams, and future prospects mingle with memories of the past. Different characters that the traveller meets along the way symbolically embody different mental states. Blazeviciute draws attention to the duality of everything: starting from two sides of the inner self that are in constant struggle, relations with the closest environment and people, and ending with bipolarity, which has various manifestations in culture, social organisation etc. While testing the relations between the opposite poles, the artist is in constant search of their harmony and discovers paradoxes produced by the collision of opposites. The temporal dimension is also important: she emphasises the temporality of the journey, the transience of different states, and analyses the relation between “now” and “once”.
The artist creates many-layered narratives of her paintings out of personal experiences, cultural (literary, cinematographic) references, and theoretical insights. According to the painter, her creative process is reminiscent of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, or roaming around Jan Švankmajer’s narrow chambers, into which you can fit only in parts, and finally, awakening from a Borgesian dream. She challenges the monotony and predictability of daily life, and fights it with the help of alogisms, irony and elements of play and fairy tales. Thus, for her painting language the artist draws inspiration from primitive art, surrealism, and the principles of magical realism. She disregards the laws of perspective and anatomy, imitates the aesthetics of children’s work, and underlines the spontaneity of a drawing line or a brushstroke. A very important element creating the atmosphere of a fantasy dream in her paintings is the colour.