11th International Plein Air in Druskininkai

On August 16-28, 13 artists from Lithuania and Latvia have settled into the creative process in the Eglės sanatorium. 

This year, 13 artists are participating in the painting plein air: eleven famous Lithuanian artists and two famous artists from Latvia. Painter Dalia Kasčiūnaitė, Valentinas Antanavičius, Rimas Bičiūnas, Bronius Gražys, Ričardas Filistovičius, Mindaugas Skudutis, Romualdas Balinskas, Ramūnas Grikevičius, Jonas Daniliauskas, Vaidotas Janulis, Mykolė Ganusauskaitė and guests from Latvia – Agnija Germane (Riga) and Maris Čačka (Daugavpils).

IX international painting plein air “Zarasai – Lakes Land 2021”

On August 10-21, the IX international painting plein air ′′ Zarasai – Lakes Land 2021 ′′ took place in Antazava where participated artist Māris Čačka. The opening of the works created by Plenary will take place at the Dusetai Art Gallery on August 21. The exhibition on view till 10 September, 2021.

“DIRECT DIALOGUES” solo exhibition by Māris Čačka

Māris Čačka’s latest solo exhibition DIRECT DIALOGUES is on display from 7 June 2020 till 26 June 2021 in Daugavpils Regional and Art Museum (Rīgas Str. 9, Daugavpils, Latvia)

“Direct Dialogues” is a reunion show – this year’s first opportunity to resume in-person visits to museums and exhibition grounds and enjoy a face-to-face public encounter with the latest body of work by artist Māris Čačka. In the present circumstances, an individual artistic experience that involves direct interaction between art and the viewer, who surrenders to its impact, tries to make sense of the artist’s abstract dialogues and decode his intended message, becomes all the more precious.

In the new series of large-scale pieces created over the past couple of years, Māris Čačka continues the theme of dialogues which has absorbed him for some time and has been made public in a few of his previous major solo shows, such as “Definite and Indefinite Dialogues” (Dubulti Art Station, 2018) and “Dialogues. Parallels. Dimensions” (National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Belarus, 2019; Madona Local History and Art Museum, 2020).

This time, the focus is on ‘direct dialogues’ as the artist explores an essential component of our everyday life – the need for interpersonal interaction. To depict communication and social contacts in their myriad shapes and forms, Čačka uses his signature blend of painterly and graphic means of expression. He spins his visual stories with a dialogical structure and uses layers and layers of colour to conceptualise the transformation of his sentiments, recording the effects of spoken and unspoken words, encounters, reflections and emotions.

The overlapping nature of daily interactions is visualised through generous layering by adding and removing coats of paint, using the elements of monotype, glazing and other graphic means and touches until the creator arrives at the final composition that embodies his intended vision. Occasionally, one dialogue blends into another. According to the artist, the different layers within one piece reveal cross-communications and resumed conversations, much like in real life where we are perpetually awash with waves and waves of information and interaction. A keen eye for creative experiments and a bold commitment to combining seemingly incompatible media and techniques continue to shape and develop Čačka’s individual artistic style.

Tatjana Černova

Māris Čačka (1976) is a graphic artist, art educator and curator of international art projects. His academic qualifications include a doctoral degree in education (2009) and a master’s degree in art (2011). Currently director of Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre (since 2020), he has been at the institution from its establishment, formerly as creative director and deputy head. Membership in creative associations has him affiliated with the Art Teachers Union (co-founder, 1998), SIVIA Gallery (founder, 2019), Latvian Artists Union (2010) and the Latvian Chamber of Graphic Art (2011). Dating from 1997, his exhibition record amounts to 85 shows in Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Ukraine, Poland and China, including 24 solo shows across domestic and international grounds. His curatorial activities add up to more than 70 international art projects and symposia (2004–2021). The artist’s work is held in museum and private collections in Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, UK, Poland and Norway.

“UNTITLED” solo exhibition by Baiba Priedīte

Baibas Priedīte’s latest solo exhibition UNTITLED is on display from 23 November 2020 till 31 January 2021 in “Vārpa” Culture Centre of Daugavpils Region (Dobeles Str. 30, Daugavpils, Latvia)

The works contain abstract visual information that does not encourage the perception of the author’s message, but gives the viewer the opportunity to take a journey into the depths of their imagination, at the source of their imagination.

Printmaking Studio Program of Graphic Art

First printmaking studio program of Graphic Art took place from 1 September 2020 until 20 November 2020.

Participating Artists: Oksana Vronska, Imants Haņeckis, Santa Suhanova, Pāvels Terentjevs, Baiba Priedīte and Aivars Baranovskis.

This project has been supported by the Latgale Region Development Agency, the State Cultural Capital Foundation and state stock company “Latvian State Forests”
This project has been supported by the Latgale Region Development Agency, the State Cultural Capital Foundation and state stock company “Latvian State Forests”

SIVIA Residence 2020

This autumn in Daugavpils has been opened a new residence for artists. 

From 15 September to 14 October as the first residence was attended by Latvian artist Sigita Daugule. In addition, from 15 October till 14 November  Latvian artist Elīna Titāne took part in the residence.

Daugavpils gives inspiration and strength to the heights of new art.

The project was supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia


Māris Čačka’s latest solo show IN REFLECTION is an abstract visualisation of the author’s subjective fleeting experiences and his individual take on the things that happen around him. As such, it reveals to the viewer the artist’s personal history, or his reflections about public and domestic life, about successes and failures, portrayed as personal gains and losses. On the level of sensations, these can be interpreted as self-portraits of the artist’s emotions. 

“It is not exactly my self-portrayal today, in present continuous. I’d rather call it a form of storytelling about the present. About how I see the past and how I draft my possible future scenario in terms of what I want to achieve and resolve and how I want to go about it. This transformation of emotions is constantly shifting and moving, and then my experience of the moment, this particular state that I enter when I’m creating, is enhanced with colour. This is how I arrive at these relative shapes where I stop the flow only to set it free again, letting the paint run, mix and change… In quite a few works I’ve painted over the initial picture. But beneath these later additions they retain the original ‘emotional layer’ – all the things I experienced, lived and selected as subjects to be spoken of.” – Māris Čačka

The new series, IN REFLECTION (2020), was developed specifically for the artist’s solo show in the exhibition space of the public library in Šiauliai or, as the artist puts it, for its spiritual domain. This time, he narrows down the theme of conversation, dialogue and portrayal of significant or casual acquaintances, which occupied him in the past and was so widely reflected in his previous works, to an inner monologue made public through abstract self-portraiture. These new works on canvas, created by mixing letterpress and painting techniques, reveal a cultivated and individual artistic style where the author deliberately mixes the two media and invites the viewer to ‘reflect’ on the process of creation.

Māris Čačka (1976) is a Latvian artist and art educator, director of Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, founder of the Art Teachers Association (1998) and SIVIA Gallery (2019), member of the Latvian Artists Union (2010) and the Latvian Chamber of Graphic Art (2011). His exhibition record, dating from 1997, extends to participation in 85 shows, including 22 solo shows in Latvia and abroad in countries such as Lithuania, Germany, Poland and Belarus. Between 2004 and 2020, Čačka has curated more than 70 international art projects and symposia. His works are held in museums and private collections in Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, the United Kingdom and Norway. Čačka’s latest major solo exhibition, “Dialogues. Parallels. Dimensions” (2019) was shown in Madona Museum (Latvia) and at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Belarus.

The exhibition is organised by the Povilas Višinskis Šiauliai County Public Library. The project was supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, SIVIA Gallery and INSPAIRUM.

Tatjana Černova