Alina Kunitsyna - artist portrait - image courtesy of the Lisabird Contemporary Gallery

Alina Kunitsyna

Belarus 1981


Alina Kunitsyna
Alina Kunitsyna
April 8, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Working with a wide range of media–sketches, video, installations, and performances–is not unusual for the young Belarus artist Alina Kunitsyna. She has constantly explored new directions and introduced new techniques and media throughout her practice, but, in recent years, paintings and watercolors play a key role in work. By depicting a human figure enveloped in the wide materials, she creates art that rests on the edge between abstraction and representation. The area of tension between body, form and envelope is what defines Kunitsyna’s works, as her subjects never show themselves to those viewing the piece.

Alina Kunitsyna - Symbiose, 2013 home
Alina Kunitsyna – Symbiose, 2013

Concealment and Exposure in Kunitsyna’s Oeuvre

Born in 1981 in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, Alina Kunitsyna graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2007, and was previously a student at art schools in Linz and Minsk. As an artist and observer of everyday life, Kunitsyna has a fundamental interest in people – our being and our existence. She wants to take a look at what is visible behind the curtains and how people can express something through concealment and the associated abstraction so that the observer can get a certain inner image via the form, structure and folds without actually seeing someone and their portrait.

Alina Kunitsyna’s work rests on the edge between abstraction and representation

Alina Kunitsyna - Accompaying, 2014 (Left) / The Supporting, 2014 (Middle) / Luminous, 2014 (Right) home
Alina Kunitsyna – Accompaying, 2014 (Left) / The Supporting, 2014 (Middle) / Luminous, 2014 (Right)

Mundane Items in Kunitsyna’s Work

Amongst human figures, Kunitsyna also portrays simple mundane items with a contextual focus on pieces of clothing such as coats, material, and shoes, and on leftover pieces of packaging like boxes. Although she depicts everyday objects, they are far removed from the realities of usual life and serve as a starting point for conceptual contemplation. By being at the very center of the painting yet only hinting at the causal connection, the object becomes part of something fragmentary behind its visible surrounding.

Alina Kunitsyna - Black, 2015 (Left) / Gold, 2015 (Right)
Alina Kunitsyna – Black, 2015 (Left) / Gold, 2015 (Right)

Intertwining of Thought and Meaning

Alina Kunitsyna is already well-known among contemporary art lovers: she has exhibited her work in individual and collective shows in such galleries as LisaBird Contemporary, Wien; Galerie 3, Klagenfurt; Galerie Eugen Lendl, Graz; Galerie Karenina, Moscow; and Haertgalerie, Paris. Her work is included in collections in Austria including Austrian Gallery Belvedere and Museum of Modern Art Carinthia. In 2014, the Belarus artist was featured artist of the Kapsch Art Calendar. The highly talented artist continues her search for ways to get at the very essence of the characters and objects she portrays. In this way, Kunitsyna creates a dynamic intertwining of thought and meaning that goes far beyond just a simple representation.

The artist is represented by Lisabird Contemporary in Vienna.

Alina Kunitsyna lives in Damtschach and Vienna.

Featured photo: Alina Kunitsyna – portrait of the artist – photo by © Andrea Lambrecht
All images courtesy of the artist and Lisabird Contemporary

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Vienna ParallelLisaBird Contamporary, Alte Post, WienSolo
2015sphaerae IILisaBird Contamporary, WienSolo
2015schau2Kunsthaus Kollitsch, KlagenfurtGroup
2015springWolfrum Galerie, WienGroup
2014cellulaGalerie 3, KlagenfurtSolo
2014HIER UND JETZTHabsburgerwohnung, WienGroup
2014OpenningGalerie Peter Bäumler, RegensburgGroup
2013Alina KunitsynaAO& 776 Series, Buchhandlung 777, WienSolo
2013sphaeraeLisaBird Contamporary, Wien Solo
2013mamon papaVBKO, WienSolo
201320+20Galerie Freihausgasse, VillachGroup
2013AhnenSchloss GrafensteinGroup
2013The Contamporary SilenceLisaBird Contamporary, WienGroup
2013Artpark Villa BulfonVelden am WortherseeGroup
2013HommageGalerie 3, KlagenfurtGroup
2012Cristina Fiorenza, Michaela Ghisetti, Alina KunitsynaGalerie Wolfrum, WienGroup
2012VorspielGalerie Eugen Lendl, GrazGroup
2012Artpark Villa BulfonVelden am WortherseeGroup
2012BurkaOsterreichische Kulturforum, BudapestGroup
2012Die Illustrierte AusstellungKunstlerhaus KlagenfurtGroup
2012MalereiGalerie3, KlagenfurtGroup
2011Alina KunitsynaNapoleonstadel, KlagenfurtSolo
2011Lisabird´s Art CollectivePalais Kanzianer, Graz Group
2011trans.form 3Kunstlerhaus KlagenfurtGroup
2011Fokus Sammlung 02,MenschenbilderMMKK, KlagenfurtGroup
2011KombiGalerie im Amthof, FeldkirchenGroup
2010Die nächste Generation IITraklhaus, SalzburgGroup
2010Die Meister von MorgenLeopold Museum, WienGroup
2010WorterseeGalerie 3, KlagenfurtGroup
2009PliureGrune Galerie, KlagenfurtSolo
2009WortherseeGalerie 3, KlagenfurtGroup
2008Alina Kunitsyna, Matej KosirGalerei Vorspann, EisenkappelSolo
2008K 08Museum Notscher Kreises, NotschGroup
2008Kunst in SpielMMKK, KlagenfurtGroup
2007Double Take / RemakeNational Center of Contemporary Arts (NCCA), MoscowGroup
2007BlickwechselMuseum Moderner Kunst KlagenfurtGroup
2007Nina Kotjel, Alina Kunitsyna, Antonina DinisjukGalerie Karenina, MoscowGroup
2007DiplomaustellungAkademie der Bildende Kunste, WienGroup
2006Alina KunitsynaGalerie Karenina, WienSolo
2006Sovetskoje SchampanskojeGalerei Schloss Porcia, Spittal an der DrauSolo
2006Hans Staudacher, Alina Kunitsyna, Teres CassiniGalerie 3, KlagenfurtGroup
2006KOM.alphaΩ7Museum Sammlung FriedrichshofGroup
2006Peter KohlAlina Kunitsyna, Hest GalerieGroup
2006les salon des amisWienGroup
2006Globi AwardsMAK Nite, WienGroup
2005heiss/2haaaauch, KlagenfurtSolo
2005Alina KunitsynaGalerie Freihausgasse, VillachSolo
2005coming outKunstlerhaus, Klagenfurt Group
2005Frieden Galerie3, KlagenfurtGroup
2005Das Beste, billig IIOSEI, WienGroup
2004TableauHaertgalerie, ParisGroup
2004room to moveKunsthalle Exnergasse, WienGroup
2004Lena Knilli, Alina KunitsynaGalerie Wolfrum, WienGroup
2004Next EuropaStammersdorfer Heizhaus, WienGroup
2004Next EuropaKunstlerhaus, WienGroup