Merike Estna

Born in Estonia, 1980
Lives and works in Tallinn


2007-2009 Goldsmiths College, United Kingdom, MFA Art Practice
2005-2007 Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia, MA Fine Art studies
2001-2005 Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia, BA Painting
2000-2001 Academia Non Grata, Estonia, Performance Art

Solo exhibitions

2016 DOMESTICMINDCRAFT, Karen Huber gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
2016 El Cuarto de los Ojos Sucios, Biquini Wax, Mexico City, Mexico
2015 Corporate Jungle, Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2015 Genialmythcraft, Palermo Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany
2015 Better become blowing blanket, Matt's Gallery, London, United Kindgom 
2014 Blue Lagoon, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2014 So Soft/+ Pure, SmallProjects, Tromsø, Norway
2013 Spinach & Banana, solo Exhibition, Winkleman gallery, New York, United States
2012 ‘15 paintings on paper, Vartai gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
2012 A big painting and a small painting, Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn, Estonia
2011 Voyeur, Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn
2010 Untitled, ArtDepoo gallery, Tallinn
2008 Mirror, mirror on the wall, is it Art or is it Porn? (in collaboration with Maxim Surin), Gallery Frederic Desimpel, Brussels
2008 Mirror, mirror on the wall, who in the land is fairest of all?, Draakon gallery, Tallinn
2007 Plain as pikestaff, Haapsalu city gallery, Haapsalu
Gods zoo is diverse aka War and Peace (in collaboration with Maksim Surin), Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn
2006 Hate Yourself with Joy, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn
2005 The sexiest girl, pussycat, the happiest girl and two love rabbits, Haus gallery, Tallinn
2005 Rabbit: Oh, pretty boys everywhere!, Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn
2004 Jüri’s and Mari’s adventures, Vaal gallery, Tallinn

Selected participated exhibition

2017 Groundhog Day, SIC artist-run-space, Helsinki, Finland
2017 “Soft Scrub, Hard Body, Liquid Presence” (with Maria Metsalu), Art in General, New York, USA
2015 Eat my painting please and Jackets/Paintings, curated by Paula López Zambrano, House of Saint Barnabas, London, UK
2015 Peer Review, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London, UK
2015 I'm out of sync, but next time I'll do better I promise, Cesis Art Festival, Cesis, Latvia
2014 V/P: Video and Painting in a relationship, curated by Sergey Popov, Solyanka VPA, Moscow, Russia
2013 ’27 Thursdays’, group show, Vartai gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania. Curated by Egle Juoceviciute
2012 ‘Selected video works from 2005-2008’. Curated by Gintare Matulaityte. One Night Only Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
2012 Archaeology and the Future of Estonian Art Scenes. KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2012 Collaborative exhibition, No 4 Wilkes St, London, United Kingdom.‘Constructed Scenario: The Third Space’ An Exhibition of new painting, curatored by Catherine Borra and Juste Kostikovaite
2011 Tides of Change, Edition 19 Baltikum, Hangart-7, Salzburg, Austria
2011 Simple stories, Rakvere Exhibitions house, Rakvere
2011 Matter of Principal, group show at Art Mûr, Montreal
2011 Videospread, Screening of video portfolio, 9 plasma screens in Europe station, Paris
2011 Collective Show Los Angeles w/ LA Pedestrians, Los Angeles
2010 Girl Power, ArtDepoo gallery, Tallinn
2010 Artishok biennale, Tartu Art hause gallery, Tartu
2010 Painting in progress, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn
2009 MFA Final show, Goldsmiths College, London
2009 group/grope at area 10 project space, London
2009 Space Oddity. An exhibition of young Baltic artists at Maison Folie Wazemmes, Lille, France
2008 Elu 69, Rakvere museum, Rakvere
2008 No Borders, Espacio Grupo Forja, Valencia
2008 No Borders, The Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki
2008 Boarder Country, Exhibition of Estonian Contemporary art, Guangzhou
2008 Love in 21st Century, ArtDepoo, Tallinn
2008 No Borders, La Centrale Electrique, Brussels
2008 Course of intervention, Kadiköy, Istanbul
2007 Consequences and Proposals, The Biennale of Young Artists, Tallinn
2007 Contemporary Art from Estonia, Baltic States, part III, Kalmar Art Museum, Kalmar
2007 Keha muutmine ArtDepoo, Tallinn
2007 Tase, Kumu Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn
2007 Baltic mythologies, Pague biennal, Prague
2007 Open Art, Riga
2007 New wave, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn
2007 Fresh paint, Vaal gallery, Tallinn
2006 Shoot or shout - no escape, Vilnius
2006 VI International Festival of Experimental Art and Performance Manege, St Petersburg
2006 Flowers of Evil, Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn
2006 Nordic Art, Kunst in der Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf
2006 Naked, Tartu Artists’ House, Tartu
2006 Beautiful paintings, Aaspere Castle, Aaspere
2006 Kaamos, Hellenurme village, Looga farm
2005 Multiple, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn
2005 Estonian Academy of Art Diploma works exhibitions, Art Museum of Estonia exhibition space, Tallinn
2005 Identities, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn
2004 Home sweet home, Art Museum of Estonia exhibition space, Tallinn
2004 Wildlife, Kastellaani house gallery, Tallinn
2004 In One Row, Tartu Artists’ House, Tartu
2004 You ain`t seen me, right?, Tallinn XIII Print triennial, Tallinn
2004 Bringing back the Summer, Haapsalu City Gallery, Haapsalu
2004 Nordic Art, Kunst in der Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf
2003 I have been in New York, Pärnu concert hall, Pärnu
2003 Last Hero, Art Museum of Estonia exhibition space, Tallinn

Scholarships and prizes

2012Nominated for the Sadolin Art Prize, Estonia
2010 Nominated for Konrad Mäe prize
2008 Estonian National Culture Foundation grant
2007 Kristjan Jaak scholarship for the MA studies
2006 Estonian Cultural Endowment annual grant
Nominated for Konrad Mäe prize
2005 Eduard Wiiralt Price for the best fine art student
Multiple, I prize for the kinetic multiple object
2004 Hansapank scholarship, for art student

Works in collections

Kumu Art Museum, Tartu Art Museum, Loviisa City collection, private collections

Selected publications

No Borders Just News, AICA Press, Paris 2008
Hobusepea Gallery Book, Estonian Artists’ Association, Ed. Elin Kard, Tallinn 2008
Prague Biennale 3, clocal and outsiders: connecting cultures in Central Europe, Giancarlo Politi Editore, Milan 2007
New Wave, Estonian artists of the 21st century, Anders Härm and Hanno Soans, SA Tallinn Art Hall 2007
22+Young Estonian Artists, Ed. Karin Laansoo, Tallinn 2005
Home Sweet Home, Art Museum of Estonia, Estonia 2005