YPP calling! This year the artist will receive a ‘success package’: a two month residency in SIM Residency, Reykjavík , Island, a financial prize 2000 eur and an opportunity to hold a solo show in Pamėnkalnio galerija Gallery, Vilnius. Yet the most significant part of ‘package’ is that the winner’s work will be included in Lietuvos nacionalinis dailės muziejus / Lithuanian Art Museum  art collection in the National Art Gallery. Think about it and apply!

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For eleven years now, the Young Painter Prize (YPP), an annual art competition project for the Baltic region countries, has been gathering the attention of art professionals and painting devotees from all over the world. This year’s winner has been announced during the award ceremony that was held in Vilnius on 8 November, 2019. The prize worth 5000 EUR has been awarded to Sandra Strēle from Latvia. The artist received a real ‘success package’: a two month residency in SomoS Art House, Berlin, a cash prize, and an opportunity to hold a solo show in “Pamėnkalnio” Gallery, Vilnius. Yet the most significant part of ‘package’ is that... 

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The project “Young Painter Prize” invites young artists from three Baltic States – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – to submit applications. The applications of participants must be submitted by 1 September, 2019. Conditions for participation in the project: 1. All artists that have a degree in art or are studying it, as well as senior art students can participate in the project XI Young Painter Prize; 2. Applications for participation should be submitted by the young artists from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia; 3. The painting submitted for the competition should be created during the period.. 

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XII YPP Winners!


2020 turned out to be a real challenge for all the visual artists. In response to the pandemic, the Young Painter Prize organisers decided not to suspend the international competition and carry it out in a different format – both the opening and the award ceremony were streamed online and were seen by 11,643 viewers from all around the world.

The project jury was comprised of Jean-Max Colard (art theorist, curator, literary critic, chair of the Talk Program at the Centre Pompidou in France), Liina Raus (gallerist, director of Kogo galerii, the Estonian gallery that promotes and supports young artists), Jānis Avotiņš (Latvian painter, turor and lector), Lina Lapelytė (artist, composer, the Golden Lion holder at the 58-th Venice Biennale), and Vilmantas Marcinkevičius (Lithuanian painter, art collector).


This year's jury faced a serious challenge too: during both the intermediary and final stages of voting, not all jury members were able to see the originals. However this didn't stop the jury from doing their job – thanks to the extensive photo and video documentation, the experts were able to thoroughly inspect each and every artwork.

After the debate that lasted nearly three hours, the jury picked the Lithuanian artist Elena Antanavičiūtė as the main prize winner. The jury was impressed with her highly personal and an open way of talking about body and sexuality. These topics are highly popular in contemporary society, although the painter approaches them without ideologisation and manages to remain personal and honest in her work.


Elena Antanavičiūtė | Belly. 100x95cm, oil on canvas. 2020

Antanavičiūtė was awarded a two month residency in SIM Art Residency Centre in Reykjavik, Island, a 2,000 Euro cash prize, and the opportunity to hold two solo shows: one in "Pamėnkalnis" Gallery, Lithuania, and one in NB Gallery, Denmark. One of the significant aspects of the YPP award "package" is the inclusion of the winner's work into the National Art Museum's painting collection.


At the request of the XII YPP Jury, even two special mentions were made. They also went to Lithuanian artists: Sonata Riepšaitė and Samanta Augutė.

Samanta Augutė | Storm. 21x30cm, watercolor on paper. 2020


Sonata Riepšaitė |  Dormant Fountain. 110x125cm, charcoal & varnish on canvas. 2019