Ieva Martinaitytė-Mediodia



Ieva Martinaitytė - Mediodia is a student of the famous Lithuanian artist Kestutis Zapkus, who currently lives and works in New York. In 1992-1993 Ieva Mediodia was taking classes at visiting lector – professor Kes Zapkus in Vilnius Academy of Arts. She was a part of the group of artists of Vilnius Academy of Arts who aimed to validate unconventional artistic phenomena. Professor‘s lectures gained attention and soon became sort of a legend. Encouraged by such a phenomenon, students, including Ieva Martinaitytė - Mediodia, founded the artists' group „Good Evils“ which opposed the traditions and represented the world of art as it is.

Upon graduating from Vilnius Academy of Arts, Kaunas-born artist encouraged by their teacher Kes Zapkus left for New York to continue their studies at Hunnter College. There she met her future husband and father of their future daughter Eli.

Her exhibitions have been held in the United States, Italy, France, Romania, Finland. Her works were presented in Vilnius art gallery „Vartai“ in 2012.


Paintings of Ieva Mediodia resembles the universe or internet space. The author herself notices that while creating the paintings she feels like a player absorbed by the simulacra computer space - in an intermediate location between the old and the new, the virtual and the real world. The artist confronts a player stucked in simulacra space and an emigrant. "When I start painting and drawing, I want the canvas area to be like a movie, to make it look as if everything is moving, rotating, breathing. And it is quite difficult to do it in two dimensions. Everything you see in my works is like a map of my consciousness."