September 7, 2018
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AIGARS BIKŠE (b. 1969) is best known for his interactive sculptures, many of which bear political connotations, several pieces being even denoted as scandalous. He devotes himself to making outdoor sculptures and installations that constitute the urban environment in various cities in Latvia and abroad. Having taken part in multiple biennials, most recently in Manila, and held 7 personal exhibitions, Aigars’ works have been recognized both locally and internationally. He graduated the Latvian academy of Arts in 2000 where he afterwards became a professor as well as the head of Sculpture and Fashion departments. His “irreverent and political sculptures have been seen from Riga to Venice and Tokyo, while his eccentric sense of style perfectly suits his role as head of Fashion at the Latvian Academy of Art,” as reported by Freunde von Freunden. The themes in Aigars Bikše’s works draw parallels between the artist’s fascination with mythology and socio-political processes in society. The historical setting that lays the conceptual basis of many of his sculptures and installations are central to Bikše’s works, much like the mythological beliefs and their prevalence in the modern world.