Ilmar Kruusamäe

Ilmar Kruusamäe (1957)
Born in Tartu in 1957, Ilmar Kruusamäe is a renowned artist. He pursued his studies at the University of Tartu, starting in 1975 and successfully completing his degree in Economics in 1980. However, his passion for art led him to also delve into the realm of artistic expression.

During his time at the University of Tartu, from 1976 to 1980, Kruusamäe received invaluable artistic training at the prestigious Art Cabinet under the expert guidance of Andrus Kasemaa. This period laid the foundation for his artistic journey and shaped his unique style.

In 1988, Kruusamäe became a member of the Artists’ Union, solidifying his presence within the artistic community. Additionally, he founded the Kursi School art group in the same year, establishing himself as a prominent figure in the art scene.

Kruusamäe’s artistic prowess has been showcased in numerous exhibitions since 1979, with his work being featured in notable events such as the Baltic Young Artists Triennial in Riga, as well as exhibitions in Tampere, Helsinki, Tokyo, Norway, Hawaii, Tartu Artists’ House, and Tallinn Art Salon. His diverse range of exhibitions demonstrates his ability to captivate audiences across different countries and cultures.

Ilmar Kruusamäe’s multifaceted background in both economics and art has undoubtedly influenced his artistic vision and approach. His works reflect a harmonious blend of creativity and analytical thinking, resulting in thought-provoking and visually striking pieces.


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