Edite Grinberga

Edite Grinberga’s paintings, with this strong chiaroscuro effect, throw a melancholic glance back at history. Nevertheless, artworks can sometimes have a lot of staying power, accumulating different layers of meaning in different time periods, especially when cultural change is as dramatic as it is today. Just as the industrial revolution transformed society in the 18th and 19th century and if nothing else, brought forward a bourgeoisie with their ideals of edification, so it is today shattered by the digital revolution, which now streamlines intellectual work on top of the last century’s systemization of physical labor. Traditional cultural media, like the book, the musical instrument and the painting are also seized by this revolution; access to them is now democratized, in which they also have been economically devalued, no longer functioning as bourgeois status symbols. The question will be raised of what role books, paintings and musical pieces will play in a culture shaped by the digital revolution. In this way, Edite Grinberga’s paintings act as visual memories of a future that has only now just begun.


1965 Born in Riga, Latvia

1975 – 1982 Janis Rozentals School of Art, Riga
1982 – 1983 Studies at the State University of Latvia (English and Philology)
1983 – 1988 Studies at the State Academy of Art, Riga (Painting and Textile Design)
1989 Freelance artist in Riga – installations, theatre costumes, wax figures
Since 1990 Painting, lives and works in Berlin
2011 Residency in Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico, USA
2012 Final Round Losito Art Award Berlin
2014 Audience Award 28. Art Prize Savings Bank Esslingen-Nuertingen


”Through the Looking Glass” Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey, USA (G) 2015
„Bamequinox 2015“, Museum Ixchel, Guatemala City, Guatemala (B) 2015
„Geteiltes Licht“ Friedmann-Hahn Gallery, Berlin (S) 2015
Stephanie Breitbard Gallery, Art Market San Francisco (G) 2015
Mimi Ferzt Gallery, New York, USA (S) 2014
Art Miami Context (with Friedmann-Hahn Gallery) (G) 2014
Art Karlsruhe (with Friedmann-Hahn Gallery and Barbara von Stechow Gallery) (G) 2014
Kunst Zürich (with Barbara von Stechow) (G) 2014
„Behausung“ Galerie Verein Berliner Künstler (G) 2014
„Pace of Silence“ Barbara von Stechow Gallery, Frankfurt (S) 2013
Kunstkreis Hameln, Kunstverein Schöningen, Kunstverein zu Hohenaschau (S) 2013
Friedmann-Hahn Gallery Berlin (S) 2012
Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA (G) 2011
„Esquisse“ Gallery, Nyon, CH (S) 2010
Friedmann-Hahn Gallery, Berlin (S) 2009
Museum in Waldemarturm, Dannenberg-Elbe (S) 2008
Lindern Gallery, Lindern (S) 2008
Golkar Gallery, Köln (G) 2007
Studio Brandt Credo, Bremen (S) 2007
Kunstoffice Berlin (S) 2006
„Homeland“, Kommunale Galerie Wilmersdorf, Berlin (G) 2006
Thea Fischer-Reinhardt Gallery, Berlin (S) 2005
Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sylt (S) 2005
St. Thomas Church Berlin (S) 2002
„Movin’ Art“ Gallery, Berlin (S) 2001
„The Tiny Happiness, the Great Longing“, Darmstadt (G) 2000
„Les Beaux Artes“ Gallery, Berlin (S) 1998
Abguss-Sammlung Antiker Plastik, Berlin (S) 1997
„Hofkunst“ Gallery, Berlin (with Bärbel Dieckmann) (G) 1996
„Dezembersalon“ „Taube“ Gallery, Berlin (G) 1995
„Latvian Avantguarde“, Kunsthalle Berlin (with Miervaldis Polis) (G) 1989
„Painting on Fabric“, Tiflis (G) 1988
„Young Artists of USSR“, Moskau (G) 1987
„Young Artists of Latvia“, Riga (G) 1986

S – Solo Exhibition G – Group Exhibition

Works in public collections

State Art Fondation, Latvia
Zimmerli Art Museum/Rutgers, New Jersey, USA