Ēriks Apaļais in Hamburg


Vera Munro, one of the most prestigious art galleries in Germany, will feature a solo exhibit of works by Latvian painter Ēriks Apaļais (1981), entitled Confessions, through July 22. 

The Vera Munro gallery was founded in Hamburg in 1977 in a functionalist-style private home on the banks of the Alster Lake. The gallery is well known in the international contemporary art scene for its participation in the world’s biggest art fairs—Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Arco Madrid, Art Forum Berlin—as well as for its high-level exhibits and collaborations with the world’s leading museums. The gallery is also a publisher of art books. 

In February of this year, Apaļais completed six years of studies at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (University of Fine Arts) in Hamburg, where he studied with Professor Andreas Slominski and received the Karl H. Ditze prize for best thesis show. 

The exhibit Confessions features works whose creation was greatly influenced by Apaļais’s profound interest in the conceptualization of memory and its visual depiction using the conditionality of painterly language. The artist strives to combine godly poesy with modern psychology, emphasizing that inspiration came from St. Augustine’s autobiographic workConfessions and parallel ideas in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky.