Teodoras Kazimieras Valaitis

X, from the book To My Friend J.


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  • Author

    Teodoras Kazimieras Valaitis
  • Title

    X, from the book To My Friend J.
  • Year

  • Medium, material

    Black & white linocut
  • Dimensions

  • 15 cm X 17.5 cm

Teodoras Kazimieras Valaitis (1934–1974) – Lithuanian sculptor, painter and graphic artist.

In those dismal and grey Soviet times, Valaitis stood out from the crowd. Everything about him seemed to be different: his appearance, posture, interests, ambitions and activity. He could not fit into the framework of the political system. He lived life to the full, and led a more intense and diversified life than most artists did. Talented and good-looking, he was highly thought of by his colleagues, he was loved by women, and he was lucky. He was interested in daily life and the aesthetics of creation, and his fame went beyond the borders of Lithuania. He was known in Riga, Tallinn, and by the Moscow elite. His charm and artistic genius, his position in the unofficial Vilnius elite, and his untimely death turned Valaitis into a cultural hero. Valaitis is described as a ῾silent modernist’ from the era of the Khrushchev thaw.

Giedrė Jankevičiūtė. Teodoras Kazimieras Valaitis.  1934–1974. Exhibition catalogue (2014)

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