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Olav Maran

20.10.1933 Tartu

At the beginning of his career, Maran was very interested in modern art trends. The first abstract paintings were completed in 1957-59. In the 1960s, Maran experimented with several trends in modern art, trying to bring the art experience contained in them to Estonian art as well. In addition to oil painting, he used gouache, tempera, pastel, collage. As one of the leaders of the avant-garde of Estonian art, he gave lectures and published articles on the applications of modern art.
In exhibitions Maran mostly displayed cityscapes and still lives with a simplified treatment of form.
The year 1968 was a turning point, when the artist's worldview turned towards religiosity. Since then he has painted nature-loving poetic pictures of the nature of Northern Estonia, flowers, preferably amaryllis, lilies and peonies, especially white ones, and old-fashioned still lives. Inspiringly expressing his clarified sense of life, Maran treats the nature and simple everyday objects with piety, which acquires inner harmony and a deeper ethical meaning.



1959 graduated from the Estonian State Art Institute as a graphic designer, for the thesis designed a poster series
1959-1965  artists of magazine “Pikker” , then a freelance artist
1965  Member of the Estonian Artists\' Association




1967  Cafe of the Tartu University
1971  the Estonian Art Museum
1976  Gallery of the Tallinna Kunstihoone
1978  the Estonian Art Museum
1982  the Tartu Art Muuseum
1983  Gallery of the Tallinna Kunstihoone
1985  the Gallery Draakon, Tallinn
1987  the Tallinna City Museum
1991  the Haapsalu Centre of Culture
   the Kivisilla Gallery, Tartu
1992  the Tartu Art Muuseum
   Gallery Tokko & Arrak, Tallinn
1993  Gallery of the Tallinna Kunstihoone
   the Raatuse Gallery, Tallinn
1999  the Raatuse Gallery, Tallinn
2000  the Eesti Pank Gallery, Tallinn





1965 Gallery of the Tallinna Kunstihoone (with L.Sarapuu)
1967 the Tartu Art Muuseum (with E.Põldroos and O.Subbi)
1968 Bakuu (with E.Põldroos and O.Subbi)
1973 “ Art of the Baltic Republics”, Moscow
1986 “Tallinner Malerei der Gegenwart”, Kiel, Germany; Venice, Italy
1988 Harjavalta, Finland
  Trento, Italy
1990 the VII Vilnius Painting Triennal
1997 Domini Canes, Tallinn (with A.Liik)
1999 the Embassy of the European Union, Tallinn (with H.Palm)





1979  Annual prize of the Estonian Artists\' Association
1984  Annual prize of the Estonian Artists\' Association
1987  Annual prize of Kristjan Raud
1990  Grand Prix of the Vilnius Painting Triennal




The Estonian Art Museum, the Tartu Art Museum, the Tallinna Kunstihoone, the Tretyakov Gallery, many private collections in Estonia and abroad.


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