Robert Bluj

He was born 1970 in Vilnius, Lithuania. In the years 1992-97 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, from which he graduated with a diploma. In 2014 he got a PhD on fine arts from his Alma Mater. In 2000 he started a studio of drawing and painting where he has classes with children, young people and adults on drawing, painting, basics of composition and perspective. Each year, the studio organizes workshops for young people and open air painting events. Students who finished a course in Bluj’s school continue their studies at many higher education institutions in Lithuania and other countries of the European Union. Since 2002 he has been member of the Lithuanian Painters’ Association. In 2005 by the decision of the Lithuanian Minister of Culture (No. 2V-520) he was granted the status of creator of art. In 2008 he was a curator of an exhibition of works by painters of Polish origin, members of the Lithuanian Artists’ Association. This exhibition was organized as part of the World Congress of Wilniuki. In 2011 Bluj was member of the jury of the competition for a “Czesław Miłosz Poster” organized by the Polish Institute in Vilnius on the occasion the Miłosz Year. In 2009 he was awarded a Medal of the Union of Lithuanian Poles for his efforts in propagating Polish values  in Lithuania and a Medal and an Honorary Diploma on the I International Exhibition of Painting and Graphic Art “Colours of Poland in Rome”, which took place in Cascina Farsetti. In 2013, President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski awarded Bluj the Knight Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of Polish culture and his achievement in artistic work.

 

Individual exhibitions
2000 ”Crossing the river” Gallery „Lietuvos Aido”, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2001 ”Preserved time” Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2003 ”Between the heavenly and the earthly” Gallery  ”Znad Wilii”, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2004  ”A walk around Vilnius ” Dom Kultury Polskiej, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2006  ”Painting” Gallery XX  Paneveżis, Lithuania.
2007 ”Robert Bluj Painting” Katarzyna Napiórkowska Gallery,  Warsaw, Poland.
2007 ”Vilnius sketches” Dom Kultury Polskiej , Vilnius, Lithuania.
2008  ”Robert Bluj Painting”  Galeria na piętrze,  Toruń, Poland.
2010  “Robert Bluj. Painting”, Ratusz, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2012  My Vilnius”, Dom Polonii, Exhibition at the  4th Congress  of Polish Communities and Poles from Abroad, Pułtusk, Poland.
2012  ”My Vilnius”, Galeria mazowiecka, Warsaw, Poland.
2012  ”Robert Bluj Painting”, the seat of the Polish Community Association , Warsaw, Poland.
2014  ”Between a portrait and allegory”, Gallery Styk ASP, Warsaw, Poland.
2015  ”City of dreams” Museum in Wodzisław Śląski, Poland
2015  ”Only painting” exhibition organized during the days of Polish culture in Vilnius Studio 008, Vilnius Lithuania
2016  ”City of dreams” Dom Polonii Zamek Pułtusk Poland

Selected collective exhibitions:
2009  ”Colours of Poland in Rome”, Gallery Arte24, Rzym, Włochy.
2009  ”She”, Gallery XX, Poniewież, Lithuania.
2010  „Flirt”, Gallery XX, Poniewież, Lithuania.
2011  ”Self-portrait”, Gallery Arka, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2011  ”A meeting”, Gallery XX, Poniewież, Lithuania.
2012  ”Artist and the city”, Gallery Arka, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2012  ”Mysterious orchards”, Gallery XX, Poniewież, Lithuania.
2014  ”III Quadriennale of Lithuanian Contemporary Art”, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2015  ”I International Biennale of Visual Art “The measure of art”, Alytus, Lithuania.
2015  ”Art archive”, Gallery Arka, Vilnius, Lithuania.
2015  ”Through form to content”, Gallery Arka, Vilnius, Lithuania
2015   Exhibition on the occasion of Franciszek Smuglewicz’s 270th birth anniversary, Gallery Arka Vilnius Lithuania

Selected open-air events:
1997  ”Jurassic autumn”, Częstochowa, Poland.
1998  Kamion, Poland.
1999  Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland.
2004  Zakopane, Poland.
2006  Panieviezis, Lithuania.
2007  ”Painterly eastern side”, Soleczniki, Lithuania.
2008  ” Painterly eastern side”, Soleczniki, Lithuania.
2009  ” Painterly eastern side”, Soleczniki, Lithuania.
2010  Sulejów, Poland.
2010 Łęczna, Poland.
2013  The Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Trutów, Poland.
2014  VII Poland-wide open-air event, Kazimierz Dolny, Poland.