The exhibition in NuArt Aberdeen is organized by the international street art festival Stencibility and is a part of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 main programme in Europe.
KAIRO is a self-taught artist who considers 2009 as her starting point. She prefers the term naive artist as it aptly describes the abundance of colour and detail in her works, and a certain disinterest towards realistic depiction of anatomy, space, etc. Not to mention to signal the lack of a formal art education. Kairo is known for covering the utility boxes on her home street in the Supilinn district with gorgeous paintings. It wasn’t an obstacle that she had to act without permission nor having a child and stroller in tow while doing it. She often depicts autobiographical scenes of financial struggles, clashes between self-realisation and motherhood, memento mori and her personal bearded muse.
Stina Leek is a young and furious freelance artist, founding member of the art collective Ajuokse (‘Brain Vomit’) and the organiser of underground art gatherings. Her work is recognisable by its thick and wonky graphic line and bountiful eyeballs. If she had to categorise her work stylistically, she’d go with lowbrow art. For her, street art is communication without direct contact and exposing face, every introvert’s dream. It’s communication with other street artists, the surrounding space and the people moving through that space. Stina stresses that both the visual elements she creates and the location picked for the piece have a meaning – sometimes you need to delve deeper, think along and maybe even seek them out.
GUTFACE is a lowbrow artist whose roots are deep in the soil of East Estonia. You may find him rolling away under a bridge in Tartu, working on plywood cut-outs in his studio in Tartu or behind the wheel of a car that’s always packed with paint, on his way to another wall. His natural curiosity is mixed with personal reflections that manifest in luscious forms and colours with a strong kick. GUTFACE started his conquest of Tartu by doing paste-ups and rooftops, but soon found his way to rollers and big-scale works as well as sculpture. In addition to working in public space, he often switches between digital mediums such as video, music and graphic design.
Edward von Lõngus is without a doubt the most famous of Estonian street artists. Adding to the mystery, Lõngus never reveals his face and, according to the artist, he doesn’t even exist in physical form. Instead, it's a theoretical concept shared by all, the age of multiple identity reflecting off the information field generated by the vibrations of our collective consciousness. Lõngus likes to play around with cultural codes, every art piece is charged with relevant issues. He stunned the public by receiving state support as an illegal street artist to tour around Europe for two years between 2017-2018 as part of the 100th Anniversary of the Estonian Republic.