About me

Katrin Valgemäe (born 1979) is a freelance artist living and working in Tallinn. Valgemäe has studied painting and ceramics at Estonian Academy of Arts and furthered her skills at the painting department of Art Academy of Latvia.

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 after a while, more layers reveal the intriguing underlying storylines. The depicted figures are often classically painted beautiful women, who simultaneously express menacing grotesqueness. The technical sensuousness of the figures keeps the viewer on the fine line between attraction and repulsion.

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

More broadly, Valgemäe explores people in restrictive social norms, where they literally gorge on happiness. In doing this, she effortlessly moves from shiny oil paintings on canvas to procelain plates, mixing painting and applied art, and by positioning the "classical" painting onto ceramics she creates an entirely new art language.

Katrin Valgemäe


Education MA

2016— .......  Estonian Academy of Arts, Department of Painting
2017— 2018 Estonian Academy of Arts, Department of Ceramics, foreign exchange programme

Education BA

2010 - 2015  Estonian Academy of Arts, Department of Painting, BA
2012 - 2013  Art Academy of Latvia, painting. Erasmus exchange student
2004 - 2009  Tallinn College of Tallinn University of Technology, Economics, BA