Born 1978 in Kavaje, Albania
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Lui Shtini lives and works in New York. He graduated from The Academy of Arts in Tirana, Albania in 2000, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Madison, Maine in 2007. His work has been presented widely, in exhibitions at Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm; T293, Rome; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; LambdaLambdaLambda, Prishtina; Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago. Lui Shtini creates works of figurative and thematic ambiguity, utilizing unconventional processes of applying and manipulating paint to create unexpected and perhaps unprecedented textural effects. Paired with his evocatively familiar yet intractably nonspecific forms, his paintings demand the viewer continually question what they see within each individual piece and in each work’s relation to one another. Lui Shtini rebukes artistic expectations both of specificity and of obscurity born of simple irony. It is the vitally genuine character of his work that arouses in a viewer the unadulterated openness to experience the full depth of his art.