As usual the museum Riga Art Nouveau Centre starts the year with an exhibition of contemporary art inspired by Art Nouveau. The interaction between nature and the image of a woman depicted in the 1900s has also been a source of inspiration for artist Antoņina Paškēviča whose exhibition Reflections of Art Nouveau in Porcelain will be on display from 24 January in the museum Riga Art Nouveau Centre at Alberta iela 12.
According to Antoņina Paškēviča, she has always been interested in the image of a woman in art, and Art Nouveau is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the artist’s imagination. Images of nature, elements and female figures in porcelain tableware and figurines show the artist’s style and interest in history and mythology.
Antoņina Paškēviča (1951) graduated from the Ceramics Department of the famous School of Applied Arts (Abramtsevo, Russia) and then continued her studies at the Art Faculty of the Small-scale Sculpture Department of the Moscow Institute of Technology. In 1978, Paškēviča moved to Latvia. From 1978 till 1994 she worked in the Artistic Laboratory of Riga Porcelain Factory where she produced sketches for décors, created designs of ceramic items and wares, as well as figurines. The Riga Porcelain Museum keeps the collection of works of industrial art created by Antoņina Paškēviča.
Since 1978 her works have been displayed at more than 50 art exhibitions. The largest ones of them were the retrospective exhibition in 1991 at the Foreign Art Museum (now the Latvian National Museum of Art), the personal exhibition in 1992 in Saint Petersburg at the Russian Ethnographic Museum, the exhibition in 2011 in the Decorative Arts and Design Museum, and the exhibition I Love Riga at the Riga Porcelain Museum in 2014.
Between 1979 and 1986, she was a member of the Young Artists’ Union, affiliated with the Union of Artists of Latvia. Since 1991, she has been a member of the Union of Artists of Latvia (Ceramists’ Section).
Porcelain works by Antoņina Paškēviča are exhibited at Latvian and Russian museums, they are in possession of the Artists' Union of Latvia and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, and are found in private collections in the USA, Kuwait, Sweden, Germany, France, and Russia. Her works have been presented as gifts to the Emperor and Empress of Japan during their visit to Latvia.