Rein Tammik was born in 1947 in Valga, Estonia. He is now living in Normandy, France since 1991, where he settled in Eu. He studied until 1974 in the Academy of Arts in Tartu, and after that in after that in Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. In 1975 Rein Tammik received the prize of Moscow Young Artist “for the genre” for his painting “Vosxodiaschee”, which was subsequently acquired by Tretiakov Gallery. He became a member and exhibitor of the Moscow Association of Fine Arts, USSR Society of Artists, and a member of the Society of Filmmakers of USSR. He participated in the Spring exhibitions in the halls of the Academy of Arts before his move to France.
He worked in Eu from 1991 to 1993, exclusively with the French Gallery les Trois Soeurs. Their collaboration started from an exhibition in Chapelle d’Eu in 1991 with 20 other Estonian Artists, includin Kormashov, Kurvitz, Mudist, Tiina Tammetalu. Rein Tammik was selected by Ants Juske, famous art critic and writer, as best artist painter in Estonia in 1990. He is a symbol of the vitality of Estonian art, and particularly of hyperrealist Soviet art. Since moving to France, his artistic language became more emotional, determined by the observation of light effects, capturing the unique phenomenon seen in a given place and time. His works since 1991 are much sought after by French and German, English museums because they were influenced by modern French painters such as Monet, Renoir and he subsequently freed himself from the Soviet imprint. Rein Tammik is one of the few Estonian painters to have successfully undergone international auctions for record prices in France, Germany and England.
Museums and public collections:
Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow State Gallery)
Kumu Art Museum of Estonia
Collection of the Bank of Estonia
Museum Ludwig, Cologne (Germany)
Zimmerly Art Museum, New Jersey (United States of America)
Collection of the Russian Ministry of Culture
Mars Gallery (Moscow)
Tabakman Museum, Hudson (USA)
Museums in Sumy, Kazan, Perm, Tallinn & Tartu
“Le Prix Grandes Etapes Françaises” Salon du Carrousel du Louvre, Paris 2009 (Musée national de la Marine, Palais de Chaillot, Paris),
Lettre de Félicitation, Salon de la Marine 2007,
Award of Union des Artistes de Lettonie.
Award of Union des Artistes de Lituanie.
Award of Union des Artistes d’Estonie.
Award of Académie des Beaux-arts de l’Union Soviétique.
Award of Ministry of Culture of USSR.
Award of Union of Artists of USSR.
1994 Marly Le Roi, Dieppe
1995 St. Germain en Laye, Marly Le Roi, Dieppe
1996 Abbeville, Dieppe
1997 Haan (Germany)
1999 Versailles, Dieppe, Carrières sous Poissy
2001 Salon de la Marine 2001 (National Navy Museum, Palais de Chaillot)
2002 Le Touquet, Vannes, Rouen
2003 Croissy Sur Seine, Versailles
2003 Salon de la Marine 2003 (National Navy Museum, Palais de Chaillot)
2005 5th Exhibition of the Lions Club Dieppe-Verrazane (guest of honour: Rein Tammik)
2006 Vide Genier (Eu), Versailles
2007 Salon de la Marine 2007 (National Navy Museum, Palais de Chaillot)
2009 Salon de la Marine 2009 (National Navy Museum, Palais de Chaillot)
2009 Salon du Carrousel du Louvre (SNBA) Paris 2009 « Le Prix Grandes Etapes Françaises »
2010 Salon du Carrousel du Louvre (SNBA) Paris 2010
2010 Salon de la Marine 2010 (National Navy Museum, Palais de Chaillot)