Merle Luhaäär-Avril is a multi-disciplinary experimental artist who currently lives and works in Estonia. Merle has graduated from Royal College of Art (London, UK) with an MA in Fine Arts in 2019 and prior to that she received her BA in Fine Arts from Kingston University London. Her practice is underpinned by an interest in the relationships between individual and society, micro- and macrocosm and relativity of reality. These themes are explored through a variety of mediums: painting, print, photography, installation and sculpture, textile design, and moving image. Merle has exhibited her works in Dubai, Barcelona, London, Venice, Zurich, and Basel. This summer 2021 she presented a major solo art show Somnum Exterreri (Nightmare) in her hometown Tallinn (Estonia) and launched the first NFT of a physical artwork in Estonia.
Royal College of Art, London, MA Fine Arts: Print (2017 — 2019)
Estonian Academy of Art, MA Art History and Visual Culture (2015 — 2017)
Estonian Academy of Art, Gallery Curating (2016)
Kingston University London, Fine Arts BA Honours (2014 – 2016)
Professional Work Experience
Visual Artist & Designer (2013 - present)
Art Writer (2016 — present)
Art Teacher (2020-2021)
16-19 March 2022
World Art Dubai.
Personal Jesus and Last Playboy (paintings) @ Art Nou Millenni Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain. https://www.artnoumillenni.com/art/exhibitions/
Solo exhibition Somnum Exterreri, ARS Artfactory, Tallinn, Estonia.
Launch of the first NFT of a physical artwork in Estonia.
Leobra/ I AM U (digital art) @ Artbox.Project Barcelona 1.0.
Pink Balloon & Leobra (digital prints) @ Authentic Marks - 3rd Annual International Miniature Printmaking Exhibition, Dubai Art Season 2020.
The Murdered Gucci Bird (mixed media painting)@ Art Box Projects Zürich, Swiss Art Expo 2019.
Hey Mickey (digital print on acetate) @ Brexhibition, Courtyard Galleries, London.
The Devil Inside (mixed media installation) @ Eyes Of Many Kinds @ CGP London.
Boys Will Be Boys & Love Letter (paintings on canvas) @ International Summer Academy of Fine Arts and Media | Venice. Painting and exhibition with Professor Wolf Werdiger (Vienna). http://sommerakademievenedig.com/en/
Superheroes @ Royal College of Art’s WIP Show 2018 (School of Fine Arts & Humanities).
Total installation The Number You Have Dialled Has Been Changed, Finnish - Estonian group exhibition NUNTIUS - SUPERSONIC @ARSi Maja, Tallinn, Estonia.
Digital artwork NIGHT LIGHT@“SPREAD THE VIRUS" online exhibition, DATEAGLE ART, http://dateagle.art/
Video installation Confession, Video and Performance Art Festival FUTU MUHU @EAA Muhu A.I. Residency, https://www.ai-res.org/luhaaar
Experimental Video Confession @VIDEOFORMES, http://festival2017.videoformes.com/portfolio/estonian-academy-of-arts/
February 2017 - January 2018
Solo Fine Art Print semi-permanent exhibition Come Down Darling Dusk Is Falling @ Ōlleteek,Tallinn, Estonia.
Digital artwork Last Minute Lover (digital art) @The Artboxproject Basel 1.0 on LED screen at the Euroairport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, on the event platform Luminator.
Kadunud Tüdrukud. Sirp (16.10.2020) https://sirp.ee/s1-artiklid/c6-kunst/kadunud-tudrukud/
Magical Hotspot by Darja Popolitova. A review by Merle Luhaäär (14.07.2020)
Henri Hütt: Romantic Loneliness. An exhibition review by Merle Luhaäär (06.10.2017): http://echogonewrong.com/henri-hutt-romantic-loneliness-exhibition-review-merle-luhaaar/
Blue Whale Society: A review of Dénes Farkas’ exhibition ‘How-to-calm-yourself-after-seeing-a-dead-body Techniques Echo Gone Wrong (24.05.2017):http://echogonewrong.com/blue-whale-society-denes-farkas/
Jalutuskäik galeriides – Troonid on veel tühjad, Sirp (05.05.2017):
Internetis ei tea keegi, et sa oled koer, Sirp (31.03.2017):
Sensations Unwrapped, Echo Gone Wrong (21.11.2016):
Chance has its own Logic, Echo Gone Wrong (15.11.2016):
PSEUDO: Parallel Realities of a Frozen Goldfish, Echo Gone Wrong (18.10.2016):
The Guillotine Effect, Echo Gone Wrong: an interview with Tanel Rander (7.09.2016):
It’s Late Afternoon, Echo Gone Wrong (18.07.2016):