Artist Silja Salmistu

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://www.siljasalmistu.art

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  • pastel painter

  • Estonian artist

  • Price Range: $200.00 - $1,100.00
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Silja Salmistu is Estonian artist living and working in Denmark. Since 2016, she is dedicated to soft pastels, with still life as the main subject.
Graduated with honor fromTartu Art School in 1986– coping with the circumstances of control, cencorship, limited knowledge about art developments and constant lack of art supplies under the Soviet Union occupation.
Earned a MFA equivalent degree in painting in Tartu University in 1994, during the transition from collapsed communist regime to modern democracy.
The contrasts can also be traced in her art – strict control with realistic detail here, free improvisation with loose abstract mark-making there; awareness of tradition combined with modern experiments; happy carefree florals side by side with thought-provoking compositions of hard issues like war, violence, abuse etc., staged as a kid`s play with toys.
Salmistu prefers to paint from life, to share the room and time with her objects. She closely observes them and interprates the visual perception on her paintings, with special focus on light.
She is a multiple award and competition winner, both on the international pastel scene and in Danish and Estonian all-media juried exhibitions.
Salmistu has exhibited in numerous juried, curated, group and solo shows since 1997 in Europe, the USA, and online. Her art has been featured in several international and national art publications (Pratique des Arts, Pastel Journal, 101 kunstnere, Pintsliga tommatud linnad, Kulda väärt kunst).
She is a member of Pastel Guild of Europe, Art du Pastel en France, juried Signature Member of Pastel Society of America (PSA) and Master Circle of International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS-MC)

2022 Salon International The Art of Pastel, Abbaye du Valasse, France
2022 IAPS Juried PastelWorld Exhibition, 8th Master Circle Division, Albuquerque,NM, USA
2022 UArt Annual Online Competition (2nd prize and Honorable Mention)
2022 Gallery Nakke Hage, Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark
2022 PGE Get Dusty online competition May (1st place)
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