Vaidotas Zukas

Painter, sculptor, ceramicist and a journalist Vaidotas Zukas was born in 1956 in Kaunas, Lithuania.

1974-1979 studied painting at the Lithuanian State Art Institute.

Participates in art exhibitions since 1979.

1988 Member of the Lithuanian Artists' Union.

Creates art of various genres: easel paintings, frescoes, graphics, rings and embossed ceramics, jewelry.

Represented Lithuanian art in Finland (1992), author's exhibitions in Italy (2006), Germany, Belgium (2013), half a hundred expositions in Lithuania.

Lithuanian National museum of Art, MO Modern Art museum, Zimmerli (USA) have acquired the author's works.

15 years he has been preparing radio shows and compiling several art books.

2015 a permanent art gallery of Vaidotas Žukas has been established in Alanta manor.

Main events of Vaidotas Žukas’ life 

1956. Birth. 

1971. Joined the Vilnius Children’s Art School. 

1974. Entered Vilnius Art Institute, painting department. 

1976. Intense creative process. 1978. Visit of an expert on the Soviet Bloc, the Sovietologist from the GFR, Christian Shmidt-Hauer – a positive mention in his book, “Das sind die Russen” (Hamburg, 1980). 

1979. Removal from the Art Institute. Rector Vincentas Gečas confiscates a personal drawings exhibition. Artists’ Union’s ban from official exhibitions. 

1981. Participation in the Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences archaeologists’ expedition to Tien Shan to explore prehistoric rock carvings – petroglyphs. 

1986-1989. Collects and later restores a collection of religious art. 

1989. The first trip to Western Europe – a month-long tour of major Italian cities. Launches a Catholic radio station, “Mažoji Studija” (was its manager until 1996). Travels to Germany, France, and Belgium. In Paris, meets with Archbishop Jean-Marie Lustiger, Countess Jacqueline de Proyart, and sculptor, Antanas Mončys. 

1992. A personal exhibition representing Lithuania in Helsinki, Finland. Organizes the World Lithuanian Paschal art exhibition in Vilnius Exhibition Center. 

1993. Establishes the Talita cum fund for saving premature children. Participation in Contemporary Sacred Art Salon in Paris (40e Salon Art Sacré Contemporain “Expression Spirituelle”). 

1995. Co-founds a social movement, “Naujoji banga” (New Wave); Political meetings with the Lithuanian public. 

1996. Social-political meetings with Lithuanian communities in the U.S. and Canada. Abandons his political plans. A fresco cycle in Germany, St. Boniface Chapel in the city of Lauterbach. 

1999-2000. A cycle of personal exhibitions of paintings and an old art collection in 20 Lithuanian cities and towns. 

2000. Director General of the National Radio and Television.

2001. Establishes “Vaidotas Žukas Art Gallery”. 

2002 -2004. Two glazed jewelry collections, “My dear Barbarian…” (with Jurga Karčiauskaitė-Lago). 

2005. Director General of “Žinių Radijas” (The News Radio). Founding of “Vašingtono Aikštės Galerija” (Washington Square Gallery). 

2006. Holds a ceramic exhibition in the city of Arezzo (Italy), “Il dolce risveglio” (Sweet Awakening). 

2006-2007. A cycle of 24 paintings for the Vilnius M. Romeris University. Beginning of the mineral painting cycle. 

2008. Creates in Aukštaitija, in his family’s cottage near the town of Alanta. 

2011. Builds a workshop from stones and timber. Inducted into the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility. 

2012. Publishes the book, “Molėtai 625 – žmonės, istorija, gamta” (Molėtai 625 – the people, history, and nature). The publication is presented in the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. 

In 2014 heads the International Lithuanian contemporary art “Quadrennial 2014 – Art on a Flag Pole”. Moletai city council accepts the gift – a collection of original work by V. Zukas; an agreement to establish “Alanta Estate and Vaidotas Zukas Art Gallery” is signed. 

2014. Personal exhibition at the Lithuanian Embasy in Brussels.

2015 - 2021 Personal exhibitions in Lithuania - paintings, ceramics, collages.

Get in touch

+32 497 063899 - Antwerp

+370 686 89249 - Vilnius