Somewhere between abstraction and figuration, Indrikis Gelzis’ work refers to the tension borne of modern life. Modernity driven and defined by instrumental rationality is in direct contrast to our human reality that humans are animals with innate desires -- this is the jumping off point for Gelzis’ work. Incorporating mediums such as metal tubing, fabric, furniture, and statistical diagrams, Gelzis encapsulates and works within this “age of -ism’s” that allow him to elegantly play with the modern human condition.
Born in 1988 in Riga, Latvia Indrikis Gelzis attended the ArtEZ Institution of the Arts in the Netherlands before receiving his Master of Arts from the Latvian Academy of Art’s Department of Visual Communication in 2014. He then attended the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium for a year.
Gelzis’ work has been the focus of solo shows around the world, in cities including Rotterdam, Riga, Antwerp, Vilnius, Bucharest, Brooklyn, Stockholm, Prague, and New York City. Additionally, his work has been featured in insitutitions such as the Latvian Railway History Museum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Contemporary Art Centre Riga, and National Art Museum of Latvia.
Indrikis Gelzis was born in Riga, Lativa in 1988. He studied at ArtEZ in Enschede (NL), the Latvian Academy of Art in Riga, and HISK in Ghent. He exhibited at: Suprainfinit, Bucharest; Belenius gallery, Stockholm; Union Pacific, London; National Art Museum of Latvia, Riga; KIM? Contemporary Art Centre. Riga. He currently lives and works in Antwerp and Riga.