Gintaras Jaronis

Art photographer Gintaras Jaronis in year 1975-1977 studied technology science in Kaunas Polytechnic Institute, in year 1979-1983 and 1984-1987 continued his studied in Vilnius Art Institute. Artist worked as instructor/manager in photo studio, and also was art teacher, graphic designer. For several years he has been engaged in individual activities. Since year 2006 he works at the Vytautas Magnus University, Culture Research Center and Department of Infrastructure. He is an active member of the Kaunas Photography Club and cooperates with VšĮ “Art Gallery of Gabriele”. From the year 1976, when he started exhibit his artworks, artist held the series of personal exhibitions of travel, abstract landscape, social reportage themes; He also participated in group exhibitions in Lithuania and abroad.

In the exhibition of photography ‘‘Travel fragments/Infrared photography‘‘ (2015-2016) G. Jaronis  exposed series of photos mostly from his travels in various places of Europe. These photos were created using relatively rare technology of art photography – infrared rays’ technique. The photos seems like old photographs, and their content has a number of allusions to the graphics, sometimes surrealistic art. The city theme is often in artist’s photos. Travel diaries is quite often theme for many photographers, most often they are turned to art narratives, and sometimes represents different cities. Photo artist G.Jaronis also presented the story of the South of France, Italy and other European cities and regional areas. But he tried not only reflect urban geographical changes, but also capture his own mood swings, which leads the viewer to meditative state. Traveling and recording the special places is both a journey to author’s inner world.
G. Jaronis says: “In my artworks, I’m using various means of expression. The tendency to innovation, and searching for original means of expression led me to the capturing of in the infrared light spectrum. Modified digital camera is used for that. When shooting nature or urban images this technique reveals different than the usual photographic visual content, structure of the images, graphic, and photos are gaining fabulous, often mystical character. “

Personal exhibitions
1976 – the exhibition of landscapes/photography in the shop of photo items in Kaunas.
1987 – the exhibition of photography at the Minor photo gallery in Kaunas.
1988 – the exhibition of photography at the palace of culture ’’Girstutis’’ in Kaunas
2002 – the exhibition of photography ’’Concerts of Sunday music’’ in the house of S. Vainiūnas in Vilnius.
2005 – the exhibition of artworks: “Moments of ‘Sunday music‘ concerts  in the homeland of M. K. Čiurlionis – Varėna (photography); ‘‘From landscape till abstraction‘‘: Variations that are based on the topic of the nature of Dzūkija (photography, computer graphics), in the third international festival of arts ‘‘Summer of Druskininkai‘‘ with M. K. Čiurlionis. The exhibition was in the sanatorium ‘‘Lithuania‘‘ in Druskininkai.
2006 – the exhibition of photography ‘‘Society and Lifestyles. Subcultures.‘‘ at Vytautas Magnus University.
2007 – the exhibition of photography ‘‘Society and Lifestyles‘‘. In the festival ‘‘Mėnuo Juodaragis‘‘, on the island of lake Zarasas in Zarasai.
2011 – the exhibition of photography in the photo salon Fuji in Kaunas.
2015 – the exhibition of photography ‘‘Being Oneself. From Meditation till Holiday‘‘ in the centre cultures of various nations in Kaunas.
2015 – the exhibition of photography ‘‘Travel fragments/Infrared photography‘‘. In the centre of shopping and entertainment ‘‘Akropolis‘‘ in Kaunas.
2016 – the exhibition of photography ‘‘Fragments. Journey to yourself‘‘. In the house of artists in Kaunas.
2016 – the exhibition of photography ‘‘Travel fragments/Infrared photography‘‘. In ‘‘NIC‘‘ (Namų Idėjų Centras /Design center “Ideas for Home”), Kaunas, Šiauliai.
2017 -the exhibition of photography “Small Social Groups: Values, Traditions and Symbols”. Multifunctional Center for Studies and Science. Vytautas Magnus University.
2017 Photo exhibition “1972 Kaunas Spring Memories”. President Valdas Adamkus’ Library – Museum.
2018 Photo Exhibition “Digital Culture”. Vytautas Magnus University. Multifunctional Center for Studies and Science. Vytautas Magnus University.

Group/Sectional exhibitions
1985 – ’’Predacious Sections‘‘ exhibition Self-portrait and Still life in cinema ‘‘Santaka‘‘ in Kaunas.
1986 – VI republican exhibition of young photographs pieces in Vilnius.
1988 – young photographs of Kaunas artworks exhibition ‘‘Photo Experiments‘‘ at the Minor photo gallery in Kaunas.
1988 – I Republican photo exhibition ‘‘Kraštotyra‘‘ in Marijampolė.
2004 – exhibition of creative work of three artists, members of the Society of M. K. Čiurlionis, Old Varėna department: Algirdas Valentinas Kaliūnas, Mindaugas Sliudikas and Gintaras Jaronis at the Palace of LR Seimas.
2005 –exhibition of creative work of three artists, members of the Society of M. K. Čiurlionis, Old Varėna department: Algirdas Valentinas Kaliūnas, Mindaugas Sliudikas and Gintaras Jaronis in the public library of the county of Kaunas.
2005 – photo exhibition ‘‘Child needs Home‘‘ (with Vėtrė Antanavičiūtė). The exhibition was a part of the programme of festival ‘‘Days of Kaunas 2005‘‘; it was organized by the centre of children welfare ‘‘Pastogė‘‘.
2007 – Thematic experimental exhibition (photography, info stands, objects, view, sounds) ‘‘Society and Lifestyles‘‘ in the festival ‘‘Mėnuo Juodaragis‘‘. Zarasai, the island of lake Zarasas. The exhibition was organized as a part of dispersion of the international scientific/humanitarian project ‘‘SAL – Society and Lifestyles‘‘. The idea of the exhibition was implemented by helping VMU and VU students volunteers.
2008 – Art of Lithuania 08. Photography. The exhibition was in the centre of Modern Art in Vilnius. Curators: Julija Fomina, Valentinas Klimašauskas, Margarita Matulytė, Valdas Ozarinskas, Romualdas Rakauskas, Jonas Staselis, Mirjam Wirz. 2008.IX.12-X.22.
2009 – Thematic photo exhibition ‘‘Society and Lifestyles‘‘ at the university of Salford (Great Britain).
2009 – Thematic exhibition of photography and info stands ‘‘Society and Lifestyles‘‘ at Vytautas Magnus University.
2010 – the exhibition: “Photography. Authors from Lithuania and Latvia”. Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Humanitarian Science.
2012 – Thematic exhibition of photography and info stands ‘‘Groups and Environments‘‘ (exposition of the centre of VMU Culture investigations). The exhibition was in the Culture Centre of Marijampolė.
2014 – Thematic photo exhibition: ‘‘(Sub)cultures‘‘ – Tomas Pabedinskas; ‘‘Groups and Environments‘‘ – Gintaras Jaronis, Agnė Kalėdienė, Tadas Juras (exposition of the centre of VMU Culture investigations). Exhibition was at Vytautas Magnus University.
2016 – member of Lithuania Photo Art Bienalė in Leitzkau (Germany).
2014 – 2018 – regularly participated in annual photo exhibitions of Kaunas Photo Club: in the centre of shopping and entertainment ‘‘Akropolis‘‘; LSMU (Lithuanian University of Health Sciences) clinic of Radiology; at Vytautas Magnus University.

Publications
‘‘Photography of the ZOO. Kaunas. The last decade of Soviet period‘‘. Compilers: Margarita Matulytė, Ieva Mazūraitė-Novickienė. Division of Kaunas of Lithuania photo artists union; Art museum of Lithuania. 2011.