February 6 – March 14
MIRIAM MERAS and ŽIBUNTAS MIKŠYS
“Litographs, linoleum block prints and OTHER“
Zibuntas Miksys, born in Kaunas in 1923, acquired an art education at the Kaunas Jesuit High School. At the high school Alfonsas Janulis tutored him.
From 1946 to 1949, Miksys studied at the National Art Acadmies of Nuremberg and Stuttgart. Thereafter, since 1962 he has been living in Paris. He has been exhibiting his work abroad since 1965. In 1974 he exhibited in Lithuania. He taught Lithuanian languages and history at the National Institute of Eastern Languages and Civilizations in Paris from 1979 to 1988.
Zibuntas Miksys' artwork involves creating linoleum block prints, aqua fortises and lithographs. A vivid line characterizes his lithographs and his aqua fortises are characterized by a neat delicate line and excessive print that's associated with the image.
His favorite subjects are human faces and hands, old town scenes and nature motifs. He created more than 100 ex-librises, miniatures and vignettes.
Published the Venetian diary, "Three journies" (1998)
Zibuntas Miksys is an artist creating subtle aqua fortises.
He is also a perceptive block print maker.
In his aqua fortises he talks in the pure language of a poet.
Lyricism and irony, education and creative inspiration,
and simplicity are the basic features of his work.
And the air of freshness helps them to breathe.
Gallery T Aquilone, Urbino (Italy) 1971
Miriam Meras was born in Lithuania. In 1972 she and her parents moved to Israel. In Israel she graduated from the secondary school of Artand later entered the Israel Academy of Arts. Upon receipt of her diploma in 1982, she moved to Paris.
Miriam Meras organized collective and personal exhibitions in Paris, Italy, Japan, Sweden and Lithuania.
I am a painter, but I started to paint rather late – in Israel. After graduation from the school of Israel, I decided to come to Paris and paint by myself. I am an educated artist who loves her work. Since my painted works are big in size, exhibiting them is difficult.
I started making lithographs in Israel and continued making them at the National Art School of Paris. Making lithographs helped me make a huge technical and visual step forward.
Although painting was my main passion, I dedicated a large amount of effort to making lithographs. My goal in lithography was to highlight the white surface of the paper and colors without reproducing my paintings or imitating them. Lithography can be extremely diverse and can resemble a variety of different techniques, such as wash drawing, oil painting or simple drawings. Lithography helps me present my thoughts clearly by using chalk, pencil and lithographic ink. Thereafter I am able to introduce colors, lines and plots. The themes in my lithographs may be inspired by my paintings however it is not a copy of my original paintings.
Lithography is not a simple art since each color has to be extracted by a different stone. In general the final picture must be envisioned prior to starting the project.
I chose a much more difficult and time-consuming way.
Abstract art never made much sense to me. It was like a game I never knew how to play and was not exciting for me.
I have always found the human figure interesting. Human beings in art is extremely important to me. The artist does not paint randomly; one seeks to express oneself. One has ones own world, circle of ideas, and life. Ones own thoughts or internal conflicts cannot easily be expressed in art.