< Elva Bahvalova




I come from a small village called Lizums, which is located in one of the Baltic States in Latvia. I painted in my early school years when I was in elementary school. I took part in small drawing and painting competitions. My drawing teacher was my neighbor, and I often went to show my drawings to her. In my 25 I felt a great desire to paint again. In 2018, I started to take private classes at the Art Curator painting studio in Riga. After a couple of years, I realized that the abstract style really speaks to me and now it’s a big part of my life.


2004 – Visual Art Exhibition “Different World” in Gulbene, Latvia | 2005 – Visual Arts Olympiad “H.K.Andersen’s Fairy Tales” Gulbene, Latvia | 2005 – Visual Art Exhibition “Different World” in Madona, Latvia | 2005 – 3rd place in Visual Arts Olympiad in Gulbene, Latvia | 2006 – Visual Art Olympiad Figural composition | 2006 – 4th category diploma GIF Animation Film Festival cinema Riga | 2006 – Solo exhibition of visual arts at a local village bookstore in Lizums, Latvia | 2018 -2020 – Private painting lessons in Art Curator studio in Riga, Latvia | 2020 – Creation of photo wallpaper for the LMT client service center wall in Riga made by the original painting | 2021- International competition “Inter-art experience: Latvia and the USA 1945-1991” | 2021 – Competition “Jāzepa Pīgožņa Awards in Latvian Landscape Painting 2021” | 2022 – Group exhibition in DiaMed clinic, Riga, Latvia | 2022 – Collective physical and digital exhibition “Abstract Duty” at Galeria Azur Madrid, Spain.


I have been wondering for a long time why I paint. I paint because it’s my creative love, which I want to leave behind. Nothing gives me as much joy in myself as painting alone. I’ve learned to watch things. I just like to simply watch how leaves, shadows, and lights move. All the fine things are so visible now. And it all matters to me.