Eriks Apalais

Latvia, b. 1981

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Eriks Apalais

Latvia, b. 1981

Biography

Eriks Apalais produces paintings that fall between abstraction and representation, featuring non-narrative scenes taking place in ambiguous and unidentifiable settings. As he explains, “In my own work I try to create a reflection of internal memory processes.” Apalais is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg where he studied under Andreas Slominski, as well as maintained a correspondence with Janis Avotins that became instrumental in Apalais’s development as a painter. He also cites Gerhard Richter as an influence, and was deeply affected by Andrei Tarkovsy’s films and St. Augustine’s Confessions—both of which he has written about at length.

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Biography

Eriks Apalais produces paintings that fall between abstraction and representation, featuring non-narrative scenes taking place in ambiguous and unidentifiable settings. As he explains, “In my own work I try to create a reflection of internal memory processes.” Apalais is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg where he studied under Andreas Slominski, as well as maintained a correspondence with Janis Avotins that became instrumental in Apalais’s development as a painter. He also cites Gerhard Richter as an influence, and was deeply affected by Andrei Tarkovsy’s films and St. Augustine’s Confessions—both of which he has written about at length.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art