Vytautas Valius Biography

Vytautas Valius

Lithuanian

1930-2004

Biography

Vytautas Valius was born on August 24, 1930 in the small Lithuanian town of Telsiai. He studied at Telsiai Zemaite School, graduated from the Kaunas Boys School in 1950 and entered the Lithuanian State Institute of Art where he studied drawing for six years. Among Valius' teachers were professors of drawing P. Aleksandravicius and K. Morkunas and assistant professor of painting A. Savickas. In 1965-1971 Valius lectured on drawing and composition at the Institute. From 1965 to 1971, he taught composition at the Vilnius Art Institute.

Since 1971he devoted his energy to creative work only. The artist opened his studio in Vilnius and was an active member both in the social and organizing life of Lithuanian Artistic Community. The main thrust of his creative works were print, book illustration and painting. Unique content and problems are typical of his works. However, in Lithuania, Vytautas Valius is best known as a graphic artist. Thousands of books illustrated by Valius have been sold throughout the republic.

After he graduated from the Institute he worked studying the theory of book aesthetics. He worked closely with the leading republic publishing houseshis contributions to book illustration are prominent; the extremely emotional language of his prints appeal to the literary intellect. The main artistic criteria in Valius'’ works were determined by his reflections on objective scientific laws although inspired by Lithuanian folk art.

After 1956, he exhibited in many international exhibitions in Germany, Italy, Poland, France, Russia, Norway, USA and Canada. Personal exhibitions were held in Vilnius (1967, 1982, 1995–1996, 1997), Kaunas (1982, 1990–1991), Šiauliai (1991), Plungė (1995), Panevėžys, Alytus, Telšiai, Mažeikiai (1996), Toronto (Canada), Chicago (USA) (1988), Detmold (Germany) (1993), Washington, D.C. (Alex Gallery). In 2000, Chodkiewicz Palace and Kaunas Picture Gallery held a retrospective exhibition of his work.

Vytautus Valius died in Vilnius, Lithuania on September 28, 2004.