Guntars Sietiņš, from Latvia, creates his distinctive images using the difficult medium of mezzotint. Combining hyper-realism and surrealism, his prints transform reality into a world of surreal objects that exist outside normal confines of time and gravity.
Guntars Sietins was born in 1962 in Kuldiga, Latvia. Since 1986 Mr. Sietins has kept up a full schedule of exhibitions in Europe, where his prints continue to win many win prizes. Mr. Sietins is also professor of Graphic Art at the Latvian Academy of Art, where he is currently department head. His prints are in numerous museums in Europe. He is a master of the mezzotint process, which produces
"Squaring of the Circle is a metaphor for an attempt to do the impossible. To make the invisible visible. In recent years, depiction of optical illusions has become the main theme of Guntars Sietiņš’ art. If Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898–1972) dismantles the familiar dimensions in his surreal constructions, Sietiņš demonstrates that human perception functions by following the information already stored in the brain. The visual elements that he uses – circle (sphere), square, burnt wood, letters, numbers, symbols (infinity sign) – serve as basis for a broad philosophical narrative on time and space." -From the catalogue for a solo exhibition, Squaring the Circle, at the Latvia National Museum in 2017.