For 42 years I have been both a professional artist and a neuroscientist-neurologist. My art is neo-conceptual: a metaphorical investigation of thinking and consciousness. I have transformed the artist's studio into a neurobiology research lab, merging neuroscience with art. The underlying images are based on previous photographic art works. I transform them into exotic forms, just as our memories transform visual impulses into vast neuronal web-works. Multiple layers are assembled, modified and blended. Cerebral cortical neuronal images are inter-twined, revealing deeper layers of thoughts and memories. My own MRI brain scans and EEGs (brain waves) are inter-laced. From neuronal complexity words, thoughts, and consciousness emerge. Artistically, I am fully self-taught. The seed of art was planted by a childhood friend in Toronto. During medical school at the University of Chicago, I started painting, and the passion for art grew uncontrollably. After internship, I left medicine entirely, to create art full-time. Three years later, after many exhibits and positive critical reviews, I started to feel guilty that I was not helping others with my knowledge of neurology. I realized that I must return to medicine, and at the same time, combine my art with neuro-scientific investigations. I have had 45 individual art exhibits and participated in 98 group shows. In Chicago, my art is on permanent display at the Blue Man Group, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, Blackstone Hotel, and Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. In Minneapolis, eight pieces, including large scale ones, are on permanent display at the American Academy of Neurology. My art works are in many museum collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the British Library. In recognition of my work organizing the year-long Hope and Spirit program, a commemoration of the 20 million victims of Stalin's atrocities, I was designated Man of the Year for 2011-12 by the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture in Chicago. The previous year’s recipient was the US senator from Illinois, Mr. Richard Durbin. I retired from neuroscience-neurology nine years ago, and am, again, engaged in art full-time.
Audrius's ArtPrize Entries
These are Audrius's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Audrius's Past Work
These are images of past work that Audrius has done.