Egor Buimister

Egor Buimister (b.1997 in Riga, Latvia) is a contemporary Latvian artist working predominantly in painting and drawing techniques. 

His art focuses on the themes of transgression, sacred imagery and memory. It studies emanations, silhouettes and shadows that allow tracing objects that are either long gone or do not fully belong to the world that is given to us in perception. 

Another important theme in Buimister’s work is a representation of pre-existing imagery: the sources may vary from artistic references to photographs of important historical figures and his own family’s archive. The artist re-creates and interprets all of these sources in an attempt to study the transformation of the image and its message in the process of painting. Treating any piece of imagery as a visual text, Egor examines the effect of its translation to other media’s language in the contemporary situation, when the referential function of languages is deteriorated or lost and all the artist and viewer has left is its mere “shadow of the likeness”. 

Buimister’s artistic manner combines a strong academic foundation with a contemporary influence, especially that of popular culture - comic books, advertisement, web art. 

Besides large painting projects, Egor also creates a series of artworks combined in albums with the common idea and constructible narrative, thus expressing his interest in narrative strategies and compositional experiments.


Education

2016 2019— BA (Hons) Painting, Camberwell College of Arts (London, United Kingdom)

2019 2021— MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College (London, United Kingdom)

Selected Exhibitions

2019 — Timespace Discovery (Riga, Latvia)

2019 — Orbit UK Graduates Art Show (London, United Kingdom)

2019 — Camberwell Degree Show (London, United Kingdom)

2019 — P2 (London, United Kingdom)

2018 — New Camberwell Art (London, United Kingdom)

2018 — AAF Hampstead (London, United Kingdom)

2018 — Over Capacity (London, United Kingdom)

2017 — Siltais Zimulis (Riga, Latvia)

2015 — Riga Art Fair (Riga, Latvia)

2014 — Alef (Riga, Latvia)

Art Publications

2018 — Ķekargalvis / Hydra Head (Popper Publishing, Riga)

2018 — SE5 Magazine, Issue 1: Talent (SE5 Magazine, London)

Writings

- We Will All Die by the Sun (FreeCity Riga)

- For I understand thine age-old sadness: Spirits, Soviet Underground art and practices of radical distrust (The Epiphanie)

- Kabakov “Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future” (The Epiphanie)

- Notes on the First Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art (BLOOME Magazine)

- “Book of Nineteen Nocturnes” by Jim Holyoak (BLOOME Magazine)

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