About the author
Vaidotas Vankevičius is a portrait, landscape and interior painter based in Vilnius, Lithuania. A direct relation between himself and the object he is painting is very important to him, thus, he only paints real, living objects and does not use photographs as material or aid for his paintings.
His journey as an artist is a result of a creative calling to become the best realism artist of modern times in Lithuania, and to strive to revive the Lithuanian realism movement, as well as complement it with new works and ideas. In his art, he is inspired by a desire to capture everyday life and its people, occurrences, environment, and surprises. To capture the moment, he works extremely fast and tries to finish his paintings in one or two sessions. The artists who inspire him the most are Diego Velazquez, John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn and Joaquin Sorolla. Their works are a constant driver and reminder for him to always improve and create.
Education: BA Fresco-mosaic, Vilnius Academy of Arts, 2016-2020
Private lessons with artist Arūnas Jonikas, 2017-2019
2017 Near the door, Curonian Spit History Museum, Nida, Lithuania.
2018 The stories from memory chips, Gallery “Akademija”, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Personal exhibitions: 2020 Faith, Užutrakis Mannor, Trakai, Lithuania.
Achievements: I was selected as one of the 100 Lithuanian artists to showcase my art in a 2020 project “Menas be stogo” [Art needs no roof], Vilnius, Lithuania.