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BIO

My path as an artist can be traced back to my childhood and the influence of my mother, who was an artist in Riga. I obtained my artistic training at the Art Academy of Latvia where I participated in a number of large exhibitions and important international art events. During the course of my degree, I travelled to the Berlin University of the Arts on an exchange program. I completed my degree in 2008, acquiring a Masters of Fine Arts. 

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My move to Australia in 2014 marked a new beginning in my career as an artist. The extraordinary beauty of the unique Australian native flora and fauna was a new and overwhelming sensory experience. It inspired me to immerse myself into the study of the interplay of light with the fluid shapes of birds, flowers and the ornamental patterns they created. I use oil and acrylic paints to try and capture the joyous and unique richness of colour of the Australian nature. My paintings can be saturated with colour or capture the fleeting moments in more muted, pastel tones; they can be ornamental and decorative or authentically realistic.​

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EDUCATION

  • The Art Academy of Latvia, Master of Arts Degree, Fine Arts, Visual Plastic (Textile Art), Riga, Latvia.

  • Daugavpils University, Master Degree in Education, Daugavpils, Latvia

  • Berlin University of Arts, Erasmus program student, Germany, Berlin

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EXHIBITIONS

2023

Affordable Art Fair Sydney

Randwick Racecourse, Sydney

Dec 2022- Feb 2023​

Solo exhibition

Katerina Apale: Present Memories, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, Australia

2022, 2020, 2019(Commended award), 2018, 2017, 2015

Gosford Art Prize, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford, Australia

2022
5 Lands Walk Exhibition, Avoca SLCSC, Australia

​2022
UNTAMED, The Public Art Gallery Umina, Australia

2022, 2018
Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Australia

2021, 2018
Bluethumb Art Prize, finalist

2020
Still Life exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2020
Apale:Bloomfield exhibition, M&J Becker Wines, Hunter Valley, NSW

2019
The Other Art Fair, The Cutaway at Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney (International Art Fair)
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2019
Exhibition with Valentyna Crane, M2 Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2019 
Solo exhibition, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia

2018
Bluethumb Art Prize 2018, fina

2018 
Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, Australia

2017 
Solo exhibition, GAUGE gallery, Sydney, Australia

2016 
Solo exhibition, Callaghan Art Studio Gallery, Hawks Nest, Australia

2016 
Solo exhibition, Hardys Bay Club

2009 
Solo Textile exhibition, Gallery Apsida, Riga, Latvia

2007 
Nord-Balt-Textileart, international textile TC-1 weaving project, Kaunas Art Institute, Kaunas, Lithuania

2007 
Arctic Art Week, international Art project, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland

Group exhibitions in galleries all over the world in countries including Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Russia, Belarus, Austria, Germany, Australia (since 2002)

Public Collection- Gosford Regional Gallery 

Private collections- Australia, US, Latvia, Philippines, Japan, Thailand, Spain, Germany, France, Canada, Austria, Russia, Finland, UK.

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