Maarja Undusk

Born 1959

e-mail: maarjauster(at)gmail.com

1978–1984 Estonian State Art Institute, Department of Leather Art
1981–1982 Tartu State University, Department of Journalism, specializing in arts subjects
2004–2005 further training in school pedagogics, Tallinn Pedagogical University (vocation of pedagogue)
1997–2000 department of preservation and restoration of the National Library of Estonia
2004–2005 art teacher at Neeme Elementary School
Since 2005 art teacher at the Old Town Educational College
1992 member of the Estonian Artists’ Association
Member of the Estonian Leatherwork Artists' Union, 1998–2002 chairwoman
1996 founding member of art grouping YDI
1996–2002 and since 2004 councillor of Estonian Artists’ Association
Since 2004 belongs to the council of Tartu Art School
2005 member of Kassari Educational Society
Since 1998 councillor of Tallinn Art Hall, since 2008 chairwoman
Has organized many art exhibitions and spoken at seminars and conferences. Her articles and art critique have been published in media. In addition to leather she also works on several techniques of paper, illustrates books and organizes courses in bookbinding and leather techniques for grown-ups. Has participated at exhibitions in Estonia and abroad since 1982 (leather, paper, bookbinding, drawing, illustrations, artist’s books).

Solo exhibitions:
1992 – “Leather and Pictures”, Kalamaja Gallery, Tallinn
1996 – “Cardboard Boys”, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery
1999 – “Fungi”, Tallinn City Gallery
2005 – “A Place To Put Your Head”, G-Gallery, Tallinn
2005 – “14 Illustrations”, Estonian House in New York
2005 – “Verses of Grass”, Art Hall of the Parliament of Estonia, Tallinn
2007 – exhibition of photography and installations ”Ice Road” (together with Pille Kivihall), Draakon Gallery
2009 – "Maarja ilmutus", Hop Gallery (together with Pille Kivihall)

1986 – annual prize of the section of young artists of the Estonian Artists' Association