Hi, I'm Arvydas, self-taught artist (Retne – artistic name), professional performing artist (magician, Illusionist), and a maker by nature.
As a performing artist of Magic Theater "DiArchy", I created numerous international shows, concerts, and TV programs since 1991. Together with my sister Diana, I popularized magic and performance art for several decades.
I live in the beautiful town of Druskininkai. It's a small, quiet, cozy, beautiful, one of the modern resort towns in Lithuania.
During 1896–1910, famous Lithuanian composer and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis lived and worked in this city.
In 2014, for the upcoming 140th anniversary of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis' and the 240-year-old opening of the Druskininkai holiday season, I and my sister Diana, at the request of the local government, created a large-scale multimedia performance – a magic laser 3D show on the lake. Over 22 thousand spectators gathered to see it.
You can watch the video fragments of this performance on "Me at work" section.
In 2016 I set up an Instagram account @retne_ to showcase my current work because the best part of creating art is sharing it with others. The number of positive responses and requests to purchase my works both surprised and delighted me, but most of all inspired (and still inspires) me to create more and better work.
I am inspired by many famous artists, most of modern and contemporary art. I'm interested in their works, biographies, philosophy, and techniques.
In Pinterest, I create boards on which I collect their works: Retne_
Most of all I'm impressed with the works of Willem de Kooning and Robert Rauschenberg.
Abstract expressionism is one of my strongest influences.
Abstract expressionism post–World War II art movement attracts me the most and, as it seems to me, I understand and perceive it most of all from all other styles and movements.
Early I interested in the artists of the New York School and I was most attracted to the works and biography of Willem de Kooning. I wanted to know more about other artists. For example, I didn't know anything about Agnes Martin, Ad Reinhardt, and Yayoi Kusama.
Therefore this was the reason for me studying the course "In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting" by The Museum of Modern Art. I've successfully completed it and get the certificate.
Depicting reality and my impressions of it are not so interesting to me as expressing inner mental and sensual feelings and watching them in the process of creating and later, looking at the result. This approach to what I am doing in the fine arts most likely is based on my character traits. I'm an introvert and am usually carried away by what is happening inside of me, not outside.
I like most of all to work in the style of abstract expressionism because it is more like poetry. In poetry, there is a lot of unspoken. Everyone can see something of his own between the lines. Poetry, like abstraction, is three-dimensional, and prose is two-dimensional. Prose can be compared to photography, where everything is clear and precisely stated. In my opinion, abstraction, where not all is said, sometimes "sounds" stronger than realism, where everything is clear and understandable.
Painting is like meditation – it takes me from the world of reality to the world of illusions, and as a result, I begin to understand reality better.
Thank you for interest in my creativity.
Retne /Arvydas Gaiciunas/