Gatis Sluka / Latvia

Gatis Sluka was born in 1979 in Cesis, Latvia. His first cartoon was published in the newspaper “Communications News” in 1993. Since 1998 Gatis Sluka is working for the newspaper “Latvijas Avize”, drawing cartoons in the sports newspaper – „Sporta Avize“ and also in other magazines. He is also working as a freelance illustrator in advertising, book illustration, packaging, etc. Gatis enjoys working with different media and incorporates new art strategies into his work like ink, color pencils, pixel, vector art and animations. In 2005 he received a Master’s degree in graphic fine art at the Art Academy of Latvia. He completed also courses in the animation studio of “A Film Latvia”. Since 2001 he has participated in cartoon and caricature exhibitions in Latvia, The Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Greece, India, Belgium, Mexico, Italy, Argentina and print art exhibitions in Latvia, Estonia and Russia. He won in the Prize for the best fitting and the Audience prize at the Filmmakers „Festival Ahun” in Riga in 2005 and the Third Prize in UMO – 4th International Cartoon Contest 2008 in India. He illustrated several books and in 2006 came out his cartoon and caricature book “Gatis Sluka – Karikaturas”. He is the creator and director of a number of animated films. Gatis Sluka is living and working in Riga, Latvia. 

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