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Nele Zirnīte

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Nele Zirnīte
Nele Zirnite, born in Lithuania, studied graphic arts at the Vilnius Academy of Arts specialising in printmaking, In 1982, however, she moved on to study at the Art Academy of Latvia in Riga and earned her Bachelor of Fine Art degree in 1984. She has been giving a great impact of the development of etching technique not only by making experiments in this field, but also working as pedagogue, teaching the young graphic art students (1995-2003 Lecturer, Graphic Arts Department, Latvian Art Academy; since 2003 Professor, Art Department, Latvian Christian Academy) and leading the Etching studio in the Union of Latvian Artists. She is the initiator and the author of concept for the association "Oforta Ģilde"(Etching Guild) which also yearly promotes the international project "Strong Water". As a founder and leader of Etching Guild (since 2010 President, fhe Etching Guild) Nele Zirnite throughout the years has made a numerous projects connected with etching techniques and printmaking art in Latvia and abroad.

Between 1984 and 2017 the artist participated in many exhibitions in USA, Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Turkey, Poland, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania, Canada, Japan, Taiwan and Germany. Some of her works are in Art Museum of Arizona University (USA), Eksjo Museum, Alma Love Museum (Sweden), J. Monkute-Marks Museum (Lithuania), Municipal Art Gallery (Poland), Arte/Desarrollo Humano Workshop (Mexico), Art Foundation (Russia), Cremona Civik Museum (Italy), Arsenāls Art Museum (Latvia), Monroe Art College (USA), M. Vrubel Art Museum (Russia) and by private collectors in Denmark, Sweden, Japan, Switzerland, Lithuania, Germany, Finland, Belgium, France, Russia and the USA.

She has received various awards and prizes including honourable mentions in Vigonza (Padova) Italy (2017), Bodio Lomnago, Italy (2012) Xativa, Spain (2007) Breclav, Czechia (2007, 2005), Riga, Latvia (2014, 2003, 1998, 1997, 1987), Gloucester, USA (1997) Tallinn, Estonia (1992). In 1982 she was awarded the Prize for Best Drawing by the Vilnius Academy of Arts.

She has been placed between the worlds best printmakers in the edition of The Best of Printmaking: An International Collection (Selected by Lynne Allen and Phyllis Mc Gibbon with an introduction by Ruth Weisberg, Rockport Publishers, Quarry Books, 1997).

In 2012 she was included in a German edition of a book "Lexicon of Fantastic Artist" by prof. Gerhart Habarta.


2000 M.F.A., Latvian Art Academy, Riga

1999 - 2003 Graphic Art Department, Latvian Academy of Arts
Under the supervision of Prof. Gunārs Krollis

1984 B.F.A., Latvian Art Academy of Arts, Riga

1978 - 1982 Vilnius Art Institute, Lithuania

Professional experience

2016 International graphic exhibition Trianial ("Strong water - 6"): curator

2015 MGD (Mobile Graphic Workshop) Project, curator

2014 Professor, Art Department, Latvian Christian Academy

2013 International graphic exhibition "Strong water“ : curator

2013 International graphic exhibition "Strong water - 3": curator

2011 - 2012 International project "IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE TITANIC ": curator

2011 Art project "WHITE NIGHT": coordinator

2011 Foundress of art gallery "Rīgas Tālers"

2010 International graphic exhibition "Strong water": curator

2010 Society "Etching Guild", Guild master, foundress of the society

2003 - 2012 Associate Professor, Art Department, Latvian Christian Academy

2001 Curator of Exhibition "Face of Graphics"

2000 Project "Overcoming of Plane": curator

1999 Leader of project "Functional Improvement of Experimental Etching Workshop"

1999 - 2003 Art Academy of Latvia, Lecturer of graphics


2010 Guildmaster of Society "Etching Guildâ", foundress of the Society

2009 - 2011 Board member of Latvian Society of Artists

1999 - 2005 Board member of Latvian Society of Artists

1999 - 2006 Board member of "Graphics Chambers"

1988 Member of Latvian Union of Artists

Selected Awards

2017 The first prize, "ARTE GRAFICA ITALIANA 2017", Vigonza (Padova), Italy

2014 Grand Prix, Competition exhibition "Dedication Lat", Gallery Art Bank, Riga, Latvia

2012 Diploma, 6th International Competition and Congress EX LIBRIS – Biblioteca di Bodio, Lomnago, Italy

2008 Diploma in, 1st Riga Independent Biennale, Blackheads House Rīga, Latvia

2007 1. Prize, IX "Josep de Ribera" International Biennale of Engraving, Xativa 2007, Valensia, Spain

2007 Jury Award, Biennale of small graphics, GRAFIX, Breclav, Czechia

2005 Grand Prix, Biennale of small graphics, GRAFIX, Breclav, Czechia

2003 Award and Prize “ Professional performing in 6th exhibition of Small forms of Art, Gallery Riga, Latvia

1998 Prize, Riga in Contemporary Art, Bastejs Gallery, Riga, Latvia

1998 Grand prize award, Miniature Art, R. Vitols, Valmiera, Latvia

1997 Riga City Council Award, Riga in Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia

1997 Award of Distinction, the Best in Printmaking, Rockport Publishers, Gloucester, MA, USA

1992 Prize and Diploma, 9th Graphic Triennial, Tallinn, Estonia

1987 Second Prize, Roads and People, Smiltene, Latvia

1987 Diploma, 13th Graphic Art Exhibition, Riga, Latvia

1987 Special Prize, Miniature Graphic Triennial, Riga, Latvia

1984 Award, Best Drawing Artist of the Year, Vilnius Art Institute, Lithuania

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Another Sky - EAWAG, Dubeldorf, Switzerland

2015 Conversations in Culture - European House, USA

2015 ORIGIN - Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre Latvia

2014 Behind Rain - Gallery Art Bank, Riga, Latvia

2014 BALZEKAS museum, CHicago, USA

2014 Latvian House, Washington, USA

2014 Lithuanian Consulate in USA, New York, USA

2013 Transfusion - Jurmala City museum, Jurmala, Latvia

2013 Transfusion - OSLO 12 RauM D , Basel, Switzerland

2010 Rezerved - gallery Antonija, Riga, Latvia

2009 Reservoir of Time - the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

2009 Nele Zirnīte - Graphics, Casa de Cultura, Xativa, Spain

2008 Valley of Love - Dalia Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

2008 Nele Zirnīte Graphics - "Klaipedos galerija", Klaipeda, Lithuania

2007 Art Gallery of Mary Olla Miller, Panama City, FL, USA

2006 NEXUS,- Gallery ARTima, Vilnius, Lithuania

2005 NEXUS - Ciurlionis Art Gallery, Chikago, USA

2004 Graphic - Gallery BAS, Naperville, USA

2003 Nele Zirnite: Gravure aeau forte - Paloma Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

2003 Etchings by Nele Zirnite - Monroe County Community

College Library, Monroe, MI, USA

2001 Traces of the Wings - Ivonna Veiherte Gallery, Riga, Latvia

2000 Art Gallery of Mary Olla Miller - Panama City, FL, USA

And others solo exhibitions as from 1986

Selected Group Exhibitions



Hyperrealism. The Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga

ARTE GRAFICA ITALIANA 2017, Vigonza (Padova), Italy


The Winners, the Vilnius Graphic Art Centre, Lithuania

27th Annual International Small Print Show, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative

Internationial contemporary and modern Art Fair Riga 2016, Latvia

Transition, Jurmala City museum, Latvia

36th International Ex-libris Congress FISAE,Vologda, Russia

8th international printmaking Biennial of Douro 2016, Portugal


Internationial contemperery and modern Art Fair Riga 2015, Latvia

26th Annual International Small Print Show and Holiday Open House Chicago, USA

EUROPE IN THE SIGN “ 2015, Cremona, Italy

International printmaking Biennial "2nd GLOBAL PRINT 2015", Portugal

II International exhibition "Search of Lost Paradise", Granada, Spain


STRONG WATER, Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia

INCISIONIAL FEMMINILE, Pozzuoli, Napoli, Italy



Exhibition of Latvian Contemporary Graphic Art GRAFIKA-S, Riga Art Space, Latvia

OFF THE GRID: BEYOND THE NOISE, Atlantic Gallery, Niujorka, USA

Competition exhibition "Dedication Lat", Gallery Art Bank, Riga, Latvia

7th international printmaking Biennial of Douro 2014, Portugal

Jurmala Artists exhibition, Jurmala City museum, Latvia

International exhibition MARINA, Jurmala City museum, Latvia

Jurmala Artists exhibition, Jelgava, Latvia

APRON projekt, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, USA

Exhibition of OFORTA ĢILDE, Jurmala City Council, Latvia

SKALA C3 international printmaking exhibition, Jurmala City museum, Latvia

Internationial contemporary and modern Art Fair Riga 2014, Latvia


Biblioteca di Bodio, Lomnago, Italy

Collection "Prints for Peace" in Arte/Desarrollo Humano Workshop of Casa Hogar el Refugio Monterrey NL, Mexico

Amire Art Centre, Tophane/Istanbul, Turkey

Monroe County Community College, MI, USA

Municipal Art Gallery in Lodz, Poland

University of Arizona Museum of Art, USA

Art Foundation, Moscow, Russia

Alma Lov Museum, Ostra Amtervik, Sweden

Cremona Civic Museum, Collezione Internazionale Della Grafica, Cremona, Italy

Arsenals Art Museum, Riga, Latvia

Valka Regional Museum, Valka, Latvia

Eksjo Museum, Eksjo, Sweden

Alma Lov Museum, Ostra Amtervik, Sweden