Photo by L.Brundza

Gintaras Česonis was born in Kaunas on October 30, 1974. From 1989 to 1992 he studied at the Pupils Photography School of the Lithuanian Association of Art Photographers in Kaunas. In 1992–1996 he studied at Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Arts. From 1997 to 1998 Česonis studied photography at the National School of Photography in Arles, France. He finished the Master studies at VMU in 1996–1999. From 1999 he is a lecturer in the Inter-disciplinary Art Studio at Kaunas Art Institute of Vilnius Art Academy (docent). From 1993 Česonis is a member of the Lithuanian Union of Art Photographers. From 2009 he is the Chairman of the Lithuanian Union of Art Photographers, Kaunas Branch.

Major works

”Kaunas Old Town at Night”, 1991–1994.
”Theatre”, 1995–1998.
”Lithuanian Landscapes”; “Dunes of Nida, Seaside and Curonian Lagoon”, 1992–1997.
”Human-being and Festivals, Workdays”, 1997–1998.
“Father Stanislovas: I want that joy and peace would rise from earth rather than scream”, 2006.
“Kaunas – City in the Confluence”, 2008.

One-man exhibitions

1995 – Photography, gallery of photography, Panevėžys.
1995 – Photography, Fujifilm gallery, Kaunas.
1998 – “Grape and Wine” (along with M.Kavaliauskas), Gard, France.
2000 – “A Walk in Kaunas Fortifications”, Fujifilm gallery, Kaunas.
2001 – “Holidays and Everyday. France, Spain, Portugal”, Vilnius photography gallery.
2004 – “Father Stanislovas. Paberžė”, J. Monkutė – Marks Museum, Kėdainiai.
2004 – “From Market to Model”, Urmas shopping centre, Kaunas.
2005 – “Confrontations. 2004”, Panevėžys photography gallery.
2005 – “Žaliakalnis – London – New York”, gallery F, Kaunas.
2006 – Photography, contemporary art biennial, Nimes, France.
2006 – Photography, contemporary art biennial, Edinburg, Great Britain.
2007 – “Stops. Niger, 2005”, Various Nations’ Cultural Centre, Kaunas.
2007 – “99” (along with R. Rakauskas), gallery of the Architects’ House, Kaunas.
2008 – “Walks in Kaunas Fortress”, Vilnius town hall.

Group exhibitions

1997 – “Young Lithuanian Photographers“, Arka gallery, Vilnius.
1998 – “Young Lithuanian Photographers”, Helsinki, Finland.
1998 – “Exhibition of Three Authors”, Calade theatre, Arles, France.
2001 – “Present-day Britain in the Eyes of a Young Lithuanian”, Vilnius.
2001 – “Young Lithuanian Photographers Today”, Arka gallery, Vilnius.
2003 – “Die Baltische Fotolinse”, Schloss Hollingen, Bern, Switzerland.
2003 – “21. Young Lithuanian Photographers”, J. Baltrušaitis House, Moscow, Russia.
2004 – “Burial of Smoke”, Business Leaders’ Centre, Kaunas.
2006 – “101.3 km: Competition and Cooperation", Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius.
2006 – “FORTOgraphy”, gallery of the Architects’ House, Kaunas.
2006 – Biennial of European contemporary art “Taboo or Not a Taboo”, Nimes, France; Kaunas, Lithuania; Warsaw, Poland; Edinburg, Scotland.
2007 – “Centro Comunale d‘Arte e Cultura Exma Via San Lucifero”, Cagliari, Italy.
2008 – “Myth Conceptually – Stories of George”, St. George Church, Kaunas.
2008 – “Myth Conceptually: Captured Moments”, Kaunas State Philharmonics.
2008 – “Different Culture: Searches and Discoveries”, shopping centre Europa, Vilnius.
2008 – “REDline‘08_Bordering on Us”, art centre Ideias Emergentes Produção Cultural, CRL, Port, Portugal.
2008 – International biennial of photography, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
2008 – Festival “Kaunas in Art”, gallery Meno Parkas, Kaunas.
2008 – “Freedom to Photography!”, festival Kaunas Photo’08, Kaunas Picture Gallery.

Awards, achievements

2000 – Winner of the prize of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.
2000, 2003, 2006 – stipend of a young artist of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
2007 – Award of "The Most Memorable Artist of Kaunas", Kaunas Artists’ Home.

Works of the photographer have been purchased by the Lithuanian Union of Art Photographers, National Library of Paris (France), National Museum of Photography (Spain), private persons in Lithuania and abroad.