Kylli Sparre


Born in 1980, Tallinn, Estonia.

Sparre lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. Sparre went through years of training to become a professional ballet dancer. Ballet turned out to be not for her and from early on she kept searching for an outlet for her creativity. When she discovered fine art photography, Kylli never looked back.

Sparre desires to look beneath the surface, hear the unsaid words and study the relationships between people and their surroundings. You can see the influences of ballet in her work: the movements and the carefully observed bodies play a big part in her work. The artist tells you a story where subject and surrounding can become one. It thereby almost transforms into a dance. Although her work can be theatrical, there is always an utter sense of peace emerging from it.  Whether the images are surreal, dreamlike or symbolic, they come from her thoughts, observations and experiences.

Sparre’s work is internationally praised and she was rewarded with the Sony World Photography Award 2014.


Exhibitions:

2015
This Art Fair, Amsterdam
Summer Group Expo, QLICK Editions Amsterdam
The Hague Art Fair, The Hague
We Are The Guys X Gustafson Group Show, Amsterdam
KunstRAI, Amsterdam
Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, Group Show, Rotterdam

2014
Tallinn Fashion Week
Art The Hague, The Hague
Salme Kultuurikeskus
We Are The Guys “The Lodge” during Unseen Art Fair, Amsterdam
“World of Tales” solo exhibition Qlick Editions, Amsterdam
KunstRAI 2014, Amsterdam
Fotomuuseum “Keset aeglast saladust”, Talinn
Somerset House, Sony World Photography Award Exhibition, London
Italie IaBas, solo exhibition “Mad-Ame”, Avingon
The Great Last Minute Art Fair, Group Show, Rotterdam

2013
Le Salon de la Photo (Grand Prix de la Decouverte 2013), Paris

2012
Grand Prix de la Decouverte, Paris
Nofound Photo fair Garage Turenne, Paris
Kaunas Photo Festival, Republic of Lithuania

Recognition:

2014
IPA Special Digitally Enhanced – Professional category winner
PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris. Fine Art Digitally Enhanced – 2x Gold, 2x Silver
Sony World Photography Award

2013
Grand Prix de la Decouverte 2013 – Honorable mention in Experimental category
Julia Margaret Cameron Award 5th
Nominee/finalist IPA Photography Awards 2013 Honorable mention
Pentax Portrait competition 2013 2nd place

Publications, amongst others:

Tableu Fine Art Magazine
PH Magazine
Below Magazine
Danzar Mundos Magazine Argentina
Juxtapoz Magazine
Positiiv
Estetica
Fahrenheit
Demurez Cover Arts Vienna
Photo Vogue Italy
Colossal
My Modern Metropolis
Beautiful Bizarre Magazine
Bored Panda