Lui Shtini

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.

Exhibitions

Thaw

Feb 12 - Apr 16, 2022

The Pictionary Individual

Feb 15 - Apr 20, 2019

Walk Artisanal

Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2016

Education

2000
The Academy of Arts, Tirana, Albania
2007
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME

Solo & Two Person

2020
Lui Shtini: Three Summers
Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL
2019
Tempos
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
2018
Body, Land
Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
Fused
LambdaLambdaLambda, Prishtina, Kosovo
2017
A Sawdust Feast
Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL
2016
Jinn Skin
Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
2015
Morphē
Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
Pared-Down
Silberkuppe, Berlin, DE
2014
Some
Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL
2013
Face Paintings
Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
2009
New Paintings
Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York, NY

Group

2021
Romancing the Surface
GRIMM, Amsterdam NL
2020
Cosmos Meteorites & Other Burners
Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL
Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2019
La Pictura. Un Reto Permanente
CaixaForum, Barcelona, Spain
Harkawik, Los Angeles, CA
AXxoN N.
Essex Flowers, New York NY
La Peinture Abstraite
La Maison de Rendez-Vous, Brussels, BE
2018
Rendezvous with an Impulse
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE
Vanitas
Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
Bounty
Grice Bench, Los Angeles, CA
The Unseen
James Fuentes Gallery, New York, NY
Line and Verse
Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm, SE
2017
Amours Courtoises
Galerie Sultana, Paris, FR
Likeness
FUSED, San Francisco, CA
Homo Mundus Minor
T293, Rome, IT
2016
Harkawik, Los Angeles, CA
IMAGINE
Brand New Gallery, Milan, IT
2015
Mirror Mirror
Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
Other Planes of There
Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL
The Guston Effect
Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA
2014
Remake/Remodel
Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
Some Thoughts about Marks
Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY
Four Drawings of a Farmer
Bureau, New York, NY
2013
One Bed For the Occultant
Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY
2012
Pushing Painting Paradigm
Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2010
Memory Leaks
Creon Gallery, New York, NY
2009
Insomnia
Peter Fengesten Gallery, Pace University, New York, NY

Press

2019
Mind Games Together, Carrol Dennison
The Reader, June 6, 2019
2018
Lui Shtini at Kate Werble
Contemporary Art Daily, January 17, 2019
Line and Verse @ Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Anna Sörenson
Painting is Dead, February 26, 2018
2017
Lui Shtini: A Sawdust Feast, Alan Pocaro
Delicious Line, November 15, 2017
Each Work A Festival of Contrasts: A Review of Lui Shtini at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chris Miller
Newcity Art, November 13, 2017
Painstaking Spontaneity: The Paintings and Drawings of Lui Shtini, John Yau
A Sawdust Feast, exhibition catalogue, October 2017
2016
Gimme Shelter: Why Artists Are Using Abstraction to Hide Their Faces, Ryan Steadman
Observer, June 1, 2016
Jinn Skin: Lui Shtini, Peter Plagens
The Wall Street Journal, May 20, 2016
Critics' Picks: Lui Shtini, Cat Kron
Artforum, May 6, 2016
Lui Shtini's Enigmatic Paintings, John Yau
Hyperallergic, May 1, 2016
Gallery Guide, Soho and TriBeCa, a Cradle of Contemporary Art, Martha Schwendener
The New York Times, April 21, 2016
2015
Studio: Lui Shtini, Brooklyn, 11201, Brent Lewis
Cultured Magazine, Summer 2015, p. 86
2014
Four Drawings of a Farmer at Bureau, Alexandra Pechman
Art News, October 1, 2014
2013
Museum and Gallery Listings for Dec. 27-28 and Jan 2-4, Lui Shtini: Face Paintings at Kate Werble Gallery, Roberta Smith
The New York Times, December 27, 2013
Lui Shtini: Face Paintings at Kate Werble Gallery, Roberta Smith
The New York Times, December 20, 2013, p. C26
14 Artists (+2) to Watch in 2014, Steven Zevitas,
The Huffington Post, December 19, 2013
Getting Into Bed With the Know More Games Gallery, Andrew Russeth
GalleristNY, November 5, 2013
2009
Interview with Painter Lui Shtini, Brian Fichter
Cool Hunting, March 12, 2009
Lui Shtini
Van de Weghe Fine Art, 2009

Residencies & Awards

2014
The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program
2010
NYFA Painting Fellowship