Katrin Valgemäe


Katrin Valgemäe (1979) is an Estonian painter and ceramic-artist. Graduated from Estonian Academy in Painting, she has also studied ceramics and spent a year with Erasmus exchange in Latvian Art Academy.

Valgemäe’s works are somehow irrational, not in technique, but in some psychological way. At first sight, they are beautiful, decorative and well painted. But in the long run, more layers are revealing, and the intriguing storylines begin to unfold. Depicted figures are often classically painted, beautiful women, who simultaneously expose menacing grotesqueness. The technical sensuousness of the figures keeps them on the fine line between attraction and repulsion.

For me, the theme of the female role in the modern world has become a significant preoccupation, and these feminine narratives tie my works together.