Vello Vinn (born 1939 in Sõrve) studied glass art in the Estonian Academy of Arts from 1963 to 1968. Having graduated, he promptly ditched glass for print. His favourite techniques became etching and drypoint. Vinn is a member of the Estonian Artists´ Association (since 1970), artist grouping PARA (1989) and the Association of Estonian Printmakers.
The works of Vello Vinn form a noteworthy example of the oeuvre of an Estonian printmaker from the late 1960s and early 1970s, and they boast a holistic and emphatically unique image system. Vinn’s highly original visual world is grounded in his mastery of various printmaking techniques, delicate treatment of images and witty associations. The artist’s play with space and images, his ability to notice details and different levels of meaning offer the public unique viewing experiences. Besides playful images, his works present witty wordplay and warm absurd humour. Through original imagery, the artist has addressed all of the topical issues of his time, including global military conflicts, the environmental impact of a technology-centred world, and the estrangement accompanying urbanisation. He has done this through major philosophical generalisations which still ring true.
His work has been exhibited at several international triennales and biennales (the 9th Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Prix d’Emona 1971; 36th International Venice Art Biennale’s satellite exhibition ‘Graphic Art of Today’ in 1972), as well as other solo and group exhibitions. His artworks belong to several important museum collections: the Art Museum of Estonia in Tallinn, the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the Ludwig-Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen, the Norton and Nancy Dodge collection at the Zimmerli Art Museum, etc. He has been a member of the Estonian Artists’ Association since 1970 and an honorary member since 2013.
Source: Estonian Art Museum