Kaupo Kikkas (b. 1983) is an Estonian visual artist and music portraitist. He received formal training in photography at Finland’s Visual Arts Institute, but he attributes his award-winning classical music portraits to his education in that field (clarinet, sax, and voice). He has concentrated on fine art photography for twelve years. Although based in Northern Europe, he frequently works in London, Berlin and in the US, as well annual projects in the Amazon rainforest. His personal projects include a study of graveyards, a portrait series of shale miners, and images of a lost cinema in the Egyptian desert, which received wide exposure in the international media. He has photographed a number of books and classical music album covers, and his work often appear in magazines. He was named best commercial portrait photographer at the WPPI Las Vegas 16×20 print competition in 2013, and was honoured as the best Estonian portrait photographer in 2011 (Baltic’s Photography Festival).
When not working he can be found camping (and photographing) in Lapland. He occasionally still picks up a saxophone and, after a few drinks, has been known to sing. Recent Projects: “Sphere-20” 2020-2021 Sculpture, video and photos “Ansel” 2019-2021 Photo exhibition and a book “100 years of Solitude in Estonia” Photo exhibition. Work in progress “Awakening” 2020 light installation, collaborative work “What Would You Take” 2018 Photo exhibition and an essay book in collaboration with writer Frances Stonor Saunders “Saja Lugu” // “The Story of One Hundred” 2018 Photo exhibition, book, film and a live performance “Treescape” Photo exhibirhion. Photography installed inside old wood