Bastys Darius

dariusbastys1 Immortality, 2008 The story of Pinocchio’s transformation into a boy and loss of eternal life.


 Beauty, 2008 About all people’s fondness of beauty and desire to decorate their environment (in this case, it is an allusion to wedding traditions).


 Dramatic Still Life, 2011 Merely a collection of things found at home or an allusion to some dramatic story.


 Dramatic Landscape, 2009 An attempt to relate current issues in the style of the old classics.


 Marine Motifs, 2010 A guinea pig (sea pig in Lithuanian) and another marine object whose scale the pig cannot comprehend, they are like two different worlds.


 A Magritte-like Day, 2012 A dramatic painting alluding to the motifs of a favourite artist.

dariusbastys7 Alien, 2012 A childhood dream, one of the scariest ones.

Studies, scholarships

1985-1993 Vilnius Academy of Arts, Department of Sculpture

1995 Scholarship of the Boswil Artists House (Switzerland)

1997(?) Young artist’s scholarship of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania

Major exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

2012 Five Years, Lietuvos Aidas gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

1996 Jutempus gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

Group exhibitions

1999 Lithuanian Art 1989–1999. Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

1998 Homo Silvanus. Wooden sculpture symposium. Baltic Culture Centre, Hasselby, Sweden

DDD. Artists’ Studio, Vilnius, Lithuania

All That is Human and Necessary. Lietuvos Aidas gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

1997 DDD. Arka gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania

Focus: Vilnius. Galerie im Trudelhaus, Baden, Switzerland

Lithuanian Dialogues. Stazione Marittima, Trieste, Italy

1996 To Be Alien. Neuenburg, Holderbank, Switzerland

For Survival. Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

New Lithuania. Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland

Subordination. Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

1995 1995: Lithuanian Art. Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

Crossroad. International creative summer camp, Tartu, Estonia

Christmas exhibition. Aargauer Kunsthaus, Arau, Switzerland

1994 Irreversibly. Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

1994 Bread and Salt. Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania; 1995 – Edinburgh Art College; Cornerhouse gallery, Manchester, UK

1993 Between Sculpture and Object – in Lithuanian. Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

Art critic on…

The paintings of Darius Bastys (…) would hardly have been produced had painting been “alive”. (…) Perhaps it’s not so much painting as freewheeling experimentation. By juggling associations, Bastys has created a style without a style, varying from “the old masters” to “pop art”, (…) albeit actually being none. He employs an anti-contextual tactic, grotesquely revealing that avoiding the context is impossible anyway. An inevitable paradox: the simpler and more elementary the chosen point of departure, the more semantically complex the end result. But what does this have to do with painting and its death? Absolutely nothing. Bastys does not pretend to be engaged in painting (or manages to hide that skillfully); neither does he pretend to be its gravedigger.

Kęstutis Šapoka

Keywords of creative practice: art therapy

Artists who inspire me: Rene Magritte, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, John Everett Millais, Arnold Bocklin, Edouard Manet

Curriculum Vitae