Andrus Rõuk (born September 28, 1957 in Tallinn) is an Estonian artist and poet.
Andrus Rõuk received his diploma in art from the Estonian National Institute of Art, having studied architecture there in 1979–1981 and theater design in 1984–1989.
Andrus Rõuk reached his first joint exhibition in 1977 in the old café of the University of Tartu with geometric gouache drawings. As a painter, his source of inspiration can be seen in the flow of so-called post-pictorial abstractionism, which emerged in America in the early 1960s in response to the super-exponential abstract expressionism. Sharp, concrete edges (hard-edge) and a flat decorative image were the hallmarks of such painting. Also in Rõugu’s abstract paintings of the 1990s, there is an intersection of different surfaces, an attack on colored surfaces threatening a greyish-white shadow side.
The artist’s paintings symbolize the landscapes of the inner world. Surrealists Joan Miro and René Magritte, whose mysteries have been turned into abstract signs, have long been role models for the artist. In the works of Andrus Rõugu, the signs have often taken a geometric form, which was especially clearly drawn at the beginning of the creative path. In the first decade of this millennium, the world in his works was very wide and expanded in color. The previous shades of gray, black and brown had been replaced by yellowish, bluish, reddish tones. Although a bold approach to form has remained, it has also become freer. Andrus Rõuk makes sketches with pastels, and some of them are not printed on canvas.
One of the parts of his work is graphic works in screen printing technique that are similar in nature and style to paintings. He also encounters abstract drawings made with a pencil – black and white and colored. Among them you will find strange worlds, but you will also find people, human animals, as if you were the characters of nightmares.
Participated in national overview exhibitions and joint exhibitions in Estonia, Finland and in several parts of the former Soviet Union. The author’s works are in the art collection of the Estonian Artists’ Union and in several public buildings, institutions and private collections. He has been a member of the Estonian Painters ‘Union and the Artists’ Union since 1993.
He has directed Perviku-Tootsi’s “Kunksmoori” at the Rakvere Theater in 1988, the Rhino at the Ionesco-Lumiste State Puppet Theater in 1989 and participated as a artist-director in the Sulev Keedus TV play “The Only Sunday” completed in 1990.
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