Liis Koger at opening of a solo exhibition in Pärnu City Gallery, January 2014. Photo: Alar Raudoja

Daily Dozen with Estonian painter and poet Liis Koger 0

The Estonian painter and poet Liis Koger was born 1989 in Pärnu and is currently based in Tallinn. Liis Koger has graduated from Pärnu Sütevaka High School Of Humanistics, and studied Psychology and Theology at University of Tartu, graduating there in 2013 with a BA degree in Painting, Fine Arts.

Painting and poetry are connected in many ways. If one looks at poets/artists like Jean Cocteau, Max Jacob, William Blake, Pablo Picasso, or P.P.Pasolini, it becomes clear that being a poet adds an extra, often somewhat esoteric dimension to other artistic expressions the poet might choose.

Liis Kogers’s paintings are distinguished by a high level of lyricism and introspection. The classic abstract Nordic painterly tradition of artists such as Per Kirkeby is given a contemporary and already very mature interpretation.

Since 2010, Koger has exhibited widely, enjoyed solo and group shows in Estonia, Italy, UK, USA and Switzerland. Her work is present in private collections in Estonia, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Norway. Works in public spaces include Riigikogu, The Parliament Of Estonia, Toompea, Tallinn, Estonia and the Institute Of Mathematical Statistics, Tartu, Estonia.

From April 20 - April 28, 2014, the first solo exhibition in Berlin by Estonian artist is organized and curated by Simson Gallery

What’s the best moment of your day?

Waking up and still dreaming.

Why do you work as an artist?

The amount of energy I can put into the world goes out, doing what I can: in my different art forms. Also for it enriches me and makes life more beautiful.

Internal Fields, 2014. Oil on canvas, 90 x 90 cm

Which films, concerts, exhibits, or books have left a lasting impression on you? 

Films - Cloud Atlas; Concerts - Sigur RósExhibitions - Poetry and Dream at Tate Modern; Books - Die acht Gesichter am Biwasee by Max Dauthendey.

Where do you currently get ideas for your works? 

From dreams and memories.

Which work(s) of art would you like to have in your possession?

Something by Gerhard Richter and something by Joan Mitchell.

Hippocampus Tree, 2011. Oil on cardboard, 90 x 45 cm 

What do you do when you’re not occupied with art?

I am never occupied with arts unless doing artistic bureaucracy that is not art. When I am not creating new works, I'm gathering inspiration.

Do you sleep a lot?


Do you collect anything?

Memories and great records.

What is one of the most important things in your studio?

Imaginary vinyl player, sacred pictures of monks, and the walls that have seen it all...

What do you like to eat, and what don’t you like?

I have learnt that all food is good. Unless you're allergic to some!

Kõige vanem aastaaeg / The Oldest of Seasons, 2013. Oil on canvas, 116 x 99 cm

When you were a kid, what did you want to be?

A doctor. Now I'm a medicine-man with poetry and visual arts.

Name three creative individuals, from any era, with whom you’d gladly spend an evening.

Eric Clapton, Enzo Cucchi, the Dalai Lama.