Artist: Mindaugas Navakas

Mindaugas Navakas (b. 1952) is an artist currently living and working in Vilnius, Lithuania. Since the beginning of his career in 1977, Navakas has been one of the most provocative and productive Lithuanian artists, presenting his contextual/conceptual sculptures at various exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad. Navakas has participated in many local and international large-scale art projects including Lithuanian National Pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennial in 1999, the South Korea Gwangju biennale in 1995, “Frieze Art Fair" in 2009. He has also created many site-specific works in the public space: The Hook at the Art League, Vilnius, Lithuania (1994); Reconnaissance, Helersdorf, Berlin (1997–1998); and Big Fish in Tranoy/Hammaroy, Norway (2006). His awards include the Herder Prize, Baltic Assembly premium, and Lithuanian National prize in Culture and Arts for achievements in culture and arts. Navakas has been teaching at the Sculpture Department of the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts since 1990.