Ado Lill
(1932 - 2018)

Ado Lill (18 July 1932 Räpina – 21 December 2018 Tallinn) was an Estonian painter and graphic artist, self-taught as an artist. Ado Lill studied law at the University of Tartu from 1952 to 1957, worked as a lawyer (including at the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian SSR) and since 1988 has been a freelance artist. Lill began creating abstract paintings in the 1960s and became a leading abstract expressionist in the 1980s. In the early 2000s, he turned to figurativeism. The main subject matter of her paintings was an erotic and ambiguous female act, inspired by the works of the exclusivity of 19th-century actors and the poetry of the poet Pierre Louÿs, who was active during the same period. Flower works are characterized by excellent color perception and vigorous coloring. Floral graphics are divided into two: grotesque and critical allegories of society, and erotic works with pornographic elements. For decades, he cultivated action drawing. Lill was a member of the Estonian Artists ‘Association in 1988 and a member of the Estonian Painters’ Union in 1992.


Annual Sadolin Painting Award (2006)
Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2000)
Kristjan Iron Annual Art Award (1995)
Diploma in Baltic Paint Triennial (1987)
Personal Exhibitions (Selected)
1976 Exhibition hall on the third floor of Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn
1979 Endla Theater, Pärnu
1985 Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn
1990 Vaal Gallery, Tallinn
1991 Arttur Gallery, Heinola, Finland
1992 Gallery “G”, Tallinn
1992 Gallery “Luum”, Tallinn
1992 “Behind the Workers Tower” Gallery, Tallinn
1993, 1995 Tokko & Arrak Gallery, Tallinn
1994 Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn
1997 Raatuse Gallery, Tallinn
1997 Vaal Gallery, Tallinn
1998 City Gallery, Tallinn
1999 Haapsalu City Gallery, Haapsalu
2000 Beautiful lessons. Raatuse Gallery, Tallinn
2000 Lava and ash. Hansabank Art Hall, Tallinn
2001 Art Hall of the Riigikogu, Tallinn
2001 Tea House. Vaal Gallery, Tallinn
2003 Pooled. Ühispank Gallery, Tallinn
2004 Fragrant Border. Dragon Gallery, Tallinn
2005 Androgyn. Tartu Art Museum, Tartu
2005 Naked woman. Gallery Vivian Napp, Tallinn
2005‒2006 Naked woman. Kandle Gallery, Võru
2006 Gallery of the Bank of Estonia, Tallinn
2007 Paintings 1994‒2007. Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn
2008 In Women’s Society. Fahle cafe-restaurant, Tallinn
2008 Nude Alive. Haus Gallery, Tallinn
2009 Anonymous. Vaal Gallery, Tallinn
2017 Paintings. Freedom Gallery, Tallinn


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