Leonhard Lapin graduated the State Art Institute of the Estonian SSR as an architect. He then worked intensively in many fields, for example as a literary worker and a lecturer both in Estonia and Helsinki Art University in Finland. He has created geometric, abstract and conceptual paintings, sculptures and installations. Lapin rose into prominence as a printmaker in the 1970s when his works attracted global attention and won many prizes from biennales outside of Estonia. “Woman-Machine” is his most well-known series of prints, which depicts the mechanization of eroticism and women. Minimalism and geometry are also some key elements in his work as well as nuanced imagery, perfectionism and the artist’s own philosophy. Estonian avant-garde art and Lapin have become synonyms over time.
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