Loreta Švaikauskienė (born in 1967, Kaunas) is one of the most prominent Lithuanian contemporary textile artists, who has won numerous international prizes at exhibitions. She is a Board member of the Kaunas Biennial and an Associate Professor at Vilnius Academy of Arts. The works by L. Švaikauskienė have been acquired by national museums and private collectors. The artist often collaborates with well-known architects in creating impressive panels for public and private interiors.
Numerous prizes at international exhibitions have been awarded to L. Švaikauskienė for her unique textile technique, which allows the artist to create visually expressive three-dimensional pieces. Her objects become more effective by applying unique artistic materials – the deception of textile. Looking at L. Švaikauskienė’s textile objects it is easy to be deceived: the fine details of the artwork are made from synthetic fabric, giving the impression of metal or porcelain. Old Egyptian, Renaissance, Baroque or Romanticism epoch ornaments in textile panels or stylised mirror frames, which have been created for interior spaces, give them the status of an artwork. L. Švaikauskienė’s works are contextual and multi-layered. The skilled eye of the viewer will find accents from different eras in her pieces – mythological elements rising from fairy tales and legends. Her created interiors make you feel like you are present in the old Egyptian banqueting halls and the gold mirror exhibitions-installations transferring you to the supressed “reflections” of the subconscious, where the self-identification processes take place.
Dr. Virginija Vitkienė
EDUCATION AND FURTHER TRAINING:
National Academy of Arts, Kaunas Arts Institute - Master of Arts in Textile
National Academy of Arts, Kaunas Arts Institute - Bachelor of Arts in Textile
Vilnius Academy of Art, Faculty of Visual Arts
S. Zukas College of Applied Arts, Diploma of Costume Design
MEMERSHIPS AND BOARD ACTIVITIES:
2013 9th International Kaunas Biennial UNITEXT Organising Committee Board Member, Artist.
2011 8th International Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE 11: REWIND-PLAY-FORWARD Organising Committee Board Member, Artist.
2009 7th International Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE 09, Organising Committee Board Member, Artist.
2007 6th International Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE 07, Organising Committee Board Member, Artist.
2005 5th International Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE 05, Organising Committee Board Member, Artist.
2004 Lithuanian Artists’ Association, member since 2004
CURRENT WORK, DEGREES:
Associated Professor at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, Kaunas Faculty (since 10th September 2001)
AWARDS AND GRANTS:
2014 Lithuanian Republic grant for art and culture makers.
2010 Award at International university tutors’ exhibition, Kaliningrad, Russia.
2007 International Textile Triennial “Lodz 12”
1. Special Jury Prize;
2. Medal from Lodz Central Textile Art Museum.
2003 – 2004 Lithuanian Republic grant for art and culture makers.
2003 2nd prize at 4th International textile exhibition “Right and Wrong Side”, Kaunas.
2001 Award at International textile exhibition “Soft World”, Kaunas.
1992 2nd prize, Fashion Days, “Vilnius 92”.
WORKS IN MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:
Work titled “Temptation” in the M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art collection
KEY WORKS IN EXHIBITIONS:
2013 “Dream”, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Kaunas Faculty, Department of Textiles tutors’ exhibition “About a Woman”, SPA “Vilnius, conference hall, Druskininkai.
2013 “Dream”, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Kaunas Faculty, Department of Textiles tutors’ exhibition “About a Woman”, Mažoji gallery, Druskininkai.
2011 “Composition (No. 2)”, International textile arts exhibition EN FACE, Kaipėda Exhibition Hall, Klaipėda.
2011 “Doors”, exhibition “Art and Business Synergy: Lithuania, Kazakhstan”, Klaipėda University Town “Aula Magna”
2011 “Composition (No. 2)”, exhibition “Litva naikrashaja-2”, Contemporary art gallery “Cekas”, Kiev, Ukraine.
2011 “Composition (No. 1)”, “Composition (No. 2)”, International art fair “ArtVilnius 11”, Litexpo Exhibition Hall (presented by gallery “Langas”, Kaunas), Vilnius.
2011 “Illusion”, “Composition (No. 1)”, exhibition “The Passionate Textile of Lithuania”, the European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.
2010 Textile installation in collaboration with Martin Parr’s (Great Britain) photography cycle, project “Luxury”, Kaunas Photography Gallery, Kaunas.
2010 Photographs of interior installations (two works), University tutors’ international exhibition, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, art gallery “Kronprinz”, Kaliningrad, Russia.
2009 Drawings “Breathing”, “Baroque in Lithuania”, exhibition “Four tutors, four artists”. International Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE 09, Exhibition Hall, Kaunas.
2009 Two works from the cycle “Introverted Mirage”, exhibition “The Passionate Textile of Lithuania”, “Interjeras be saiko” gallery, Vilnius.
2009 Three works from the cycle “Textile Kuntst aus Litauen”, Women’s Museum, Bonn, Germany.
2009 Three works from the cycle “Introverted Mirage”, satellite exhibition “The Passionate Textile of Lithuania” at the International Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE 09, M. Žilinskas Art Gallery.
KEY WORKS IN INTERIORS:
2013 Decorative panel. Beauty salon “Junora”, Kaunas. Architects: E. Riaukaitė and V. Giedraitienė.
2013 Decorative panel. Private interior, Kaunas. Architects: E. Riaukaitė and V. Giedraitienė.
2013 Decorative accent. Private interior. Architect: E. Riaukaitė.
2012 “Composition 2”, interior salon “Sonatos tekstilė”, Kaunas.
2011 “Decorative accent”, private villa in Preila. Architect: G. Prikockis.
2010 “Wall decor” (plaster castings), private apartment in Kaunas. Architect: E. Riaukaitė.
2010 “Textile panel above a fireplace”, private house in Kaunas region. Architect: E. Riaukaitė.
2010 “Doors”, “Mirror”, private apartment in Vilnius. Interior designer: I. Marcinkevičienė.
2009 “Composition 1”, private house in Alytus. Interior designer: I. Marcinkevičienė.
2009 “Drop”, private apartment in Vilnius. Interior designer: I. Marcinkevičienė.