The annual Young Painter’s Prize has been awarded for the fifteenth time. On Friday 10 November 2023, the Young Painter’s Prize art competition (YPP) has marked its fifteenth anniversary and held the award ceremony which was followed by the opening of the YPP finalists’ group show in the Museum of Applied Art and Design. This year, the main prize went to the Lithuanian artist Agata Orlovska . In his address to the participants of the competition, the YPP jury member Mr. Laurent Le Bon – art historian, the President..

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This year – for the fifteenth time already – the Young Painter Prize (YPP) competition invites the young artists from around the Baltic States to showcase their work. This year, as last year, as an exception, young Ukrainian artists who currently reside in Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia can apply for the competition. Young artists from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Ukraine (residing in Baltic countries) are invited to apply to the competition..

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YPP Announces This Year's Best Young Painter in the Baltic States. This year’s winner of the Young Painter Prize competition was announced in Vilnius Picture Gallery on 18 November. For fourteen years now, YPP is continuing to be one of the key events for the young artists from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and, exceptionally this year, Ukraine. The YPP’s international jury announced Linas Kaziulionis as this year’s best young painter in the Baltic states.

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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