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Merike Estna



Merike Estna (born in Estonia 1980) lives and

works in Tallinn, Estonia. She has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in painting in 2005 and obtaine a MFA in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College University

of London in 2009. She attended Rupert residency in Vilnius, Lithuania, 2017; residency with Karen Huber Gallery in Mexico City, Mexico, 2016; SmallProjects residency in Tromso, Norway, 2014; Paradise Lodge residency in Lonavla and Mumbai,

India, 2013.


Her work has been presented in several solo

and group exhibitions around Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States and Latin America.

She was awarded the Konrad Mäe prize, Estonia 2014 and has been teaching at the Estonian

Art Academy since 2014 and at Tartu Art School

since 2016. Her work is placed in several public collections including: Kumu Art Museum, Estonia; Tartu Art Museum, Estonia; Loviisa City Collection, Finland.


The work of Merike Estna is largely invested in the processes of painting, as a way of approaching the artwork as an integral part of life rather than about life. In her process-based work, Estna is embedding patterns and colour combinations from the crafts and applied arts, vocabularies which have not traditionally been accepted in the visual language of painting. Thus, her work is challenging the masculine territory of painting and questioning

the strict visual separation between painting

and craft discourses. Initially subjecting canvases to such patterns and application-based treatments, Estna gradually progressed to cover clothes, objects and entire spaces with cottonwool colours, gradually expanding her research into colour

and the acts of painting, the possibilities

of experiencing and looking at things.



Selected projects:




The seed can be initialized randomly II, duo exhibition in collaboration with Ana Cardoso

(US/ Portugal), Temnikova & Kasela gallery,

(Tallinn, Estonia)


Doublethink: Double vision, group show,

Pera Museum, curated by Alistair Hicks,

(Istanbul, Turkey)


Red Herring, performance, gallery Karen Huber, curated by Paula Lopez Zambrano,

(Mexico City, Mexico)


On Becoming Fluid, duo exhibition in collaboration with Keef Winter (UK), Hardwick gallery, (University of Gloucestershire, UK)


(In)visible dreams and streams,

curated by Maija Rudovska, CAC Vilnius, Lithuania and Ars project space (Tallinn, Estonia)



WINTER IS COMING (Homage to the Future), curated by Maria Arusoo, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, (Vienna, Austria)


(In)visible dreams and streams,

curated by Maija Rudovska, CAC

(Vilnius, Lithuania)


Ghostbiker, solo, Wot No,

London Centre for Book Arts,

(London, UK)


Nomadic Images, curated by Linas Liandzbergis, XVI Vilnius Painting Triennial (Vilnius, Lithuania)


Memorial, solo, Estonian Embassy

(London, UK)


The seed can be initialized randomly,

duo with Ana Cardoso, Murias Centeno,

(Porto, Portugal)


(Not) Every Thread Ties Down / Your Split Ends Are Showing, curated by Leo Cohen and Lucy Rollins, DKUK,

(London, UK)


Freundschafsspiel, curated by Didem Yazici, Museum für Neue Kunst

(Freiburg, Germany)


DOMESTICMINDCRAFT, solo, Karen Huber Gallery, (Mexico City, Mexico)


part of series of events El Cuarto de los Ojos Sucios, performative talk, Biquini Wax,

(Mexico City, Mexico)





Corporate Jungle, solo,

Temnikova & Kasala gallery

(Tallinn, Estonia)


Genialmythcraft, solo, Palermo Galerie

(Stuttgart, Germany)


Better become blowing backbeat blanket, installation, XMarks the Bokship,

Matts Gallery,

(London, UK)





Blue Lagoon, solo, KUMU Art Museum,

(Tallinn, Estonia)


So Soft/+ Pure, solo, Small Projects gallery, (Tromso, Norway)


V/P: Video and Painting in a relationship, group, Solyanka State Gallery,

(Moscow, Russia)





29.06.2018 – 02.09.2018 13 Baltic Triennial,

curated by Vincent Honore, Tallinn Art Hall,

(Tallinn, Estonia)


21.06.2018 – 29.07.2018 Flaming Creatures,

curated by Juste Jonetyte, Rupert,

(Vilnius, Lithuania)


27.07.2018 – 02.09.2018 solo show, Kim? Contemporary

Art Centre, (Riga, Latvia)



20.09.2018 – 11.11.2018 solo show, Bosse & Baum,

(London, )UK


January- March 2019 solo show, Karen Huber,

(Mexico City, Mexico)





24.02.2018 Virgin Red Herring, participatory performance, Kiasma Art Museum,

(Helsinki, Finla)nd


17.11.2017 – 13.01.2018 Soft Scurb, Hard Body, Liquid Presence, Merike Estna and Maria Metsalu,

curated by Maria Arusoo

(Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia) Art in General,

(New York, US)


08.12.2017 – 21.01.2018 Groundhog Day,

curated by Andreas Nilsson, SIC,

(Helsinki, Finland)


17.11.2017 Red Herring, participatory performance,

Performa 17,

(New York, US)


29-09.2017 - 25.11.2017 Fragments from the shattered toe, solo exhibition,

curated by Thomas Cuckle,

Kunstraum, (London, UK)


03.09.2017 Red Herring, participatory performance,


(Copenhagen, Denmark)







Merike Estna: fragments from the shattered toe

Brenda Guesnet, This is Tomorrow,



MERIKE ESTNA + KEEF WINTER at Hardwick Gallery Gloucestershire



Ana Cardoso & Merike Estna – Murias Centeno, Aujourd’hui, 2016



Merike Estna vallutab Mehhikot, Karin Laansoo, Postimees 07.02.2016



Entervista: Merike Estna ena la Galeria Karen Huber, Felipe Pando, Lofficiel Mexico, 01.02.2016



Obra crítica de lo masculino, SANDRA SÁNCHEZ, Excelsior, lk4, 27.01.2016



Entervista con Merike Estna, Sam Rivas, Time Out Mexico, 21.01.201



Merike Estna at Karen Huber Gallery (Mexico City), Paulina Baigts, Larmagazine, 27.01.2016



Merike Estna “Corporate Jungle” at Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia



ArtForum review - Merike Estna in KUMU, NERINGA ČERNIAUSKAITĖ, November 2014



Merike Estna at Kumu Art Museum, Amandas Ong, Elephant Magazine, 28.03.2014



Merike Estna ja kumppanit Kumussa, Sanna Lipponen, Edit taidemedia 19.09.2014



Vaata mind, ma vaatan sind, Mihkel Ilus, Postimees, 13.09.2015



Maalitõdede ümberpööraja, Janar Ala, Postimees, 28.11.2014



Suvine hübriidleitsak maalinäitusel, Sten Ojavee, Postimees 14.08.2014



Merike Estna Kumus: Maal 3.0, Anne Vetik, 12.09.2014



Estna ja maali performatiivsus, Mihkel Ilus, Sirp, September 2014



Challenging the Perception of Painting, Annika Toots, Arterritory Magazine, July 2014



Studio Visit : Estonian artist Merike Estna in London, Jurriaan Benschop, Arterritory Magazine, June 2013