Linas Kaziulionis

Linas Kaziulionis Interview – 13- 07-2021

1- How do you define yourself? How do you define your projects?

I am a painter, the leitmotif of my work – “modern” classical art – in other words, appropriation, for which I choose a different style according to the object. In my work I use the accumulated knowledge from study times, art history and other subjects, however, I do not want to escape from academic science, drawing, therefore mural art (street art) I combine academic knowledge with street art. This is my favorite subject, which is escalating in many of my works – well-known works of classical art are intertwined with images and details of the modern world, questioning their influence and place in the life of a modern person. The use of different authors and characters, the installation of works using the latest technologies is the leitmotif of my work, attracting even a young audience that is not interested in art.

Meanwhile, my oil painting is very intimate, small format, contemplative.

2- How did you start working on street art?

I became interested in art at an early age. I drew graffiti on the streets, implemented works at night with friends, even hid paint under the bed from my parents… Later I saw that art can be more than just a hobby, I wanted to delve into this branch of art, I saw that there is something to learn: anatomy, academic drawing, color studies, art history, etc., so from primary school I focused on fine arts, I graduated from art gymnasium, and later – I received a bachelor’s degree in painting at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, and currently I am deepening my knowledge in the master’s degree in painting. I’ve always been a painter, but I saw that canvas isn’t enough for me, I want more space for creativity, so I turned to street art, I prefer to call it mural art.

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3- Where do you find the inspiration to create your projects? Are they modifiers of urban space?

My biggest supporter and real muse of my creations is my wife, as well as traveling, playing golf, relaxing – inner peace and experience encourage me to create.

4- What does Street Art represent for you in this constantly changing world?

The purpose of my street art works is first of all to express myself and secondly to spread the message to people. With each piece, I want to say a certain message or spread a certain emotion that travels with a changing world.

5- Do you think Street Art should be legal or should it continue to be a form of art pursued by the police? Have you ever had problems?

I support street art, which spreads a certain message, does not offend people and does not damage facades. At least in Lithuania (Vilnius) we have legal walls specifically for graffiti to express creative ideas.

In Vilnius, more than 100, 000  thousand euros is spent on illegal graffiti (tags) and their cleaners a year, so sometimes there are thoughts that it would be better to use such money for other purposes, e.g. education, so I am more in favor of drawing legal walls.

I have never personally encountered the police because I always draw with permission / approval from the municipality and the owner.

6- How long does it usually take to prepare each project?

Projects start with the search for ideas, the creation of sketches. Scales, proportions, dialogue with art history, the context of place and space, the symbolism of colors are important to me, and this requires prior analytical work. This is also important for legal issues – it is necessary to obtain permits from municipalities or owners, it is necessary to prepare a project and visualizations. The last stage is wall painting.

Time is very different, it very much depends on the size of the wall, the drawing, the idea. Project implementation can take sometimes several days, sometimes about a week, a month, there are projects that need to prepare for years.

 Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.

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