Elena Balsiukaite-Brazdziuniene

Elena Balsiukaite-Brazdziuniene
Last Name: Balsiukaite-Brazdziuniene
First Name: Elena
Country: Lithuania
City: Kaunas
Art Form: Painting
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Making art is a form of life for me. It is often an unpredictable round journey from the inside out. It is
the   process  that   requires  constant   renewal   by   forgetting  the  moves   already  learned,   it   is  the conscious choice to avoid the routine.

I have always appreciated that point of instability in the art by others, which prompts a creative act,
even having the minimal means of expression at one’s disposal. This is the reason that my works are
very different stylistically.

I am strongly inspired by extreme situations in life, and because of that I often provoke myself during
the creative process: I adopt different strategies, I put aside my fears and insecurities and take risks.
In my studio I lead my real, most authentic life by engaging into a dialogue with myself and hence
with the external world. The most controversial moments of the daily life acquire shapes, colours and
forms in the pictures.

When I am working on a picture, I am in charge of what happens in it, I control the situation. Yet at
the same I am also changing myself; most likely, I do identify myself with the characters in the
paintings. It is the specific inner theatre where I can try all the roles. Then comes the difficult but
enormously  igniting  and venturesome  moment:  HOW? This  how  is  resolved in  the process of
creating an actual picture. Here the adventure but also the trap is waiting.

Today I can reveal the reason for my works being so varied stylistically, why I cannot adopt one
artistic method, contemplate it again and again. I start a picture as one person, after a while I
approach the canvas as another person, add something or place accents on it against the already
existing artistic logic of the painting. This is what art allows me to do: to change the trajectories,
strategies, set up new rules. At the same time, it is the game including losses and torment; I both
rejoice and mourn when I paint.

As F. Nietzsche wrote in Beyond Good and Evil, “ He who fights with monsters should look to it that
he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes
into you.” I am not afraid to complete each picture in such a way that the picture remains rooted in
my timeless present time, my today.

I am very happy I can do it.


Born and raised in Kaunas, Lithuania. 1989 MFA (painting) from Vilnius Art Academy, Lithuania. Art teacher and deputy principle at Antanas Martinaitis Art School in Kaunas, Lithuania. Over 30 personal exhibitions held since 1989. Married to architect and painter Arvydas Bradziunas-Duse. Has raised two sons, Kazimieras and Pranciskus.


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Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Parko galerija
Vilniaus Street 35
Kaunas, Lithuania, Lithuania
The selection of the newest pictures painted this summer at the Bikuškis Estate in East Lithuania. The summer light and the magic of the Alaušas Lake, a dedication to each day spent there, and the painter's apron that has become a painting to make the Northern summer last a bit longer.
Sunday, June 15th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Büdelsdorf, Germany
Three paintings from the artistic investigation About THEM are shown in the regional art exhibition NordART 2014.
Fyer , Fyer!
Starts: Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Ends: Saturday, October 5th, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Gershwin Hotel
7 East 27th Street
New York, United States
SIREN Baroque kicks off its third season with Fyer, Fyer!, the first of four concerts exploring the ancient elements, in a special collaboration with the innovative baroque dancers Laura Careless and Marisol Cabrera. The program features blazingly passionate works by Morley, Monteverdi, Rebel, Scarlatti, and Handel, all of which use fire as a metaphor for nature’s wrath, spiritual zeal, lustful ardor, or the terrors of hell. With SIREN Baroque’s “impassioned performances” (Early Music America) accompanied by strikingly seductive choreography, it promises to be an evening to ignite the senses.
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