Born in 1978 Tallinn

Live and work in Tallinn, Estonia
Three children – 2009/ 2012 /2015

Member of the Estonian Artists Association since 2006
Member of the Estonian Painters Association since 2006

Education

2011 MA in Education Sciences, Estonian Academy of Arts
2007 Department of Fine Arts, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
1996–2001 BA in Fine Arts, painting, Estonian Academy of Arts
1989–1995 Tallinn Music School – piano
1985–1996 Tallinn Secondary School No. 21

Solo exhibitions

2018 Rehabilitation Center in Haapsalu
2017 Generations Art, Cultural Center in Türi (with Mari Roosvalt)
2016 Three Generations, Gallery Kajaste, Helsinki, Finland (with Mari Roosvalt)
2016 Three Generations, Forssa´s City Library, Finland (with Mari Roosvalt)
2014 From Two to Four, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn
2014 From Two to Four, The Kondas Center, Viljandi
2014 Traces, Estonian Embassy in Berlin, Germany (with Mari Roosvalt)
2011 Interspace, Haus Gallery, Tallinn (with Mari Roosvalt)
2010 The Museum of New Art, Pärnu (with Dagmar Kask)
2009 On Mondays, Draakoni Gallery, Tallinn
2008 The Gallery of Pärnu Hospital
2008 On Tuesdays, Y Gallery, Tartu
2008 Distance, Ajamaja Gallery, Kuressaare (with Mari Roosvalt)
2007 Humane, Gallery in Parliament, Tallinn
2007 Humane, Museum of New Art, Pärnu
2007 Humane, Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
2007 Discourse, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn
2006 Split in Two, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn
2006 Split in Two, Estonian Drama Theatre Gallery, Tallinn
2006 Split in Two, Endla Theatre Gallery, Pärnu
2004 Phrase and Connection, SEB Bank Gallery, Tallinn (with Mari Roosvalt)

Group exhibitions

2018 Setup, Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition, Haapsalu City Gallery
2018 In your deams – Alice in Wonderland, Pärnu´s Art Summer, Pärnu City Gallery
2017 Inpired by the history of painting, Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition, Haus Gallery, Tallinn
2015 Continuity and Novelty, Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition, Museum of New Art, Pärnu
2014 Art collection of Armin Kõomägi, Audentes Private School, Tallinn
2013 Minimalistic painting, Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition, Võru City Gallery
2012 A Collection of Desires. Privatised Art, Museum of Contemporary Art of Estonia, Tallinn
2012 We belive, Château de Saint-Auvent, France
2012 Spring Exhibition, Estonian Artists Association’s Annual Exhibition, Art Hall, Tallinn
2011 Portrait, Estonian Painters Association’s Annual Exhibition, Concert Hall gallery, Jõhvi
2011Choose me, Artdepoo Gallery, Tallinn
2010 Modern Painting, Centre of Contemporary Art, Rapla
2010 Man and Woman, Museum of New Art, Pärnu
2009 Word of Painting vol. 2, Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition, Art Gallery, Tartu
2009 Self-revelation, Estonian Artists Association’s Annual Exhibition, Art Hall, Tallinn
2009 Open Plan, Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition, Public House, Võru
2008 XL,Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition, Art Gallery, Tartu
2008 Summer of Art, Viinistu Art Museum, Harju County
2008 Perfect Circle, Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition, Artdepoo Gallery, Tallinn
2008 Wake up!, Estonian Painters Association’s Annual Exhibition, Museum of Estonian Architecture, Tallinn
2007 Winter Parlour, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn
2007 Exhibition of Hot Glass, Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
2007 Paper, Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
2007 Contrasts in Benimaclet, Valencia, Spain
2006 Free Willy, Estonian Painters Association’s Annual Exhibition, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn
2006 Beautiful People, Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition, Aaspere manor house, Lääne-Viru County
2006 Beautiful paintings, Estonian Painters’ Association’s exhibition, Aaspere manor house, Lääne-Viru County
2006 Pure Painting, Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition, Concert Hall gallery, Jõhvi
2005 The World of Evald Okas, Museum of New Art, Pärnu
2005 Zielpunkt, Artdepoo, Artdepoo Gallery, Tallinn
2005 Apart Yet Together, Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
2004 Pre-position, Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
2002 Mini painting, Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition, Pärnu City Gallery
2002 Convalescence, Mustamäe Hospital, Tallinn
2001 50 x 50, Castle gallery, Kuressaare
2001 Evil Mosquito and Gorgeous Elk, Estonian Academy of Arts gallery, Tallinn
2001 Real-Realism – Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition, Tallinn Art Hall
2000 Exhibition of Fine Art students, Haapsalu Town Gallery

Works in public places

2007 The Icon – Three-handed Madonna of Estonia – in the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, Tallinn
2004 Paintings in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church chapel, Tallinn
1997 A Fresco in Nõmme Music School, Tallinn

Works in art collections

My works can be found in private collections in Estonia and Finland, and also in the Evald Okas Museum’s collection, Haapsalu

Exhibition curating and design

2018 Intsikurmu Music Festival´s Childrens Area design and coordination (with Bianka Soe and Agnes Liiv), Põlva
2018 Organizer/designer of Antti Ojala´s paintings exhibition –Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
2014 Organizer/designer of the Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition – 30 x 40, Haus Gallery, Tallinn
2014 Curator/designer of the exhibition – Spatial (sculpture and installation), Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
2014 Designer of exhibition – Graphical path of Evald Okas, The Kondas Center, Viljandi
2003–2018 Designer of exhibitions at the Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
2012 Designer of the exhibition – Exlibris and Evald Okas, Kiek in de Kök Museum, Tallinn
2010 Designer of the exhibition – Evald Okas 95, Gallery of Architecture and Design, Tallinn
2009 Designer of the exhibition – Illustrations of Evald Okas, Estonian Children’s Literature Centre, Tallinn
2008 Curator/designer of the Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition – Perfect Circle, Artdepoo Gallery, Tallinn (with Toomas Tõnissoo)
2007 Curator/designer of the Estonian Painters Association’s exhibition – Right Choice, Art Gallery, Tartu (with Toomas Tõnissoo)
2006 Designer of Uno Roosvalt’s exhibition – In Your Own Language, Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
2005 Curator’s assistant of the exhibition – Evald Okas, Art Hall, Tallinn
2005 Co-curator/designer of the exhibition – Apart Yet Together, Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
2005 Curator/designer of the exhibition – Evald Okas. Graphic Art an drawings, Gallery in Parliament, Tallinn
2004 Curator/designer of the exhibition – Pre-position, Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu

Culture Management

2003–2018 Management of the museum work of the Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
2011 Organising the residency, exhibition and workshop – On ira marcher sur Mars of Nicolas Schneideri and Antoine Lejolivet (France) at the Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
2007–2009 Member of the Board of the Estonian Painters Association
2003–2007 Organising the International Hot Glass Symposium in Haapsalu
2005 Project Manager at the Estonian Artists Association
2004 Temporary assistant at the Glass gallery of Nicolas Morin, Dieulefit, France
1995–2000 Member of the management team of the music festival “Jazzkaar”, Tallinn

Bibliography

Newspapers

S. Oll. With four pictures sraight to the heart. – Maaleht 06.08.2014
T. Sarv. The graphic journey of Evald Okase in Kondas Center. – Sakala 11.01.2014
T. Veenre. Is Haapsalu on Mars?, Eesti Päevaleht 15.08.2011
K.Ilves. One day we’ll walk on Mars, but today in Haapsalu, Lääne Elu 13.08.2011
V. Edur. Harbingers of Spring are here, Pärnu Postimees 3.03.2010
R. T. Moss. On Tuesdays, and like on any other day…, Sirp.21.11.2008
A. Künnapu. Epifanio 9/2008
A. Juske. Paintings moulding in the studio shown in an exhibition in Tartu, Päevaleht 19.09.2007
K. Ilves. Mara Koppel, humane to the bone, Lääne Elu 7.08.2007
H. Liivrand. Portraits by Mara Koppel, Eesti Ekspress 18.01.2007
T. Veispak. Mara Koppel amidst people and unique relations, Postimees 17.01.2007
A. Randviir. Young artist Mara Koppel creates rainbows, Eesti Päevaleht 25.01.2006
Mara Koppel’s Personal Exhibition in the Estonian Drama Theatre, Postimees 8.02.2006
H. Liivrand. Decorative Mara Koppel, Eesti Ekspress 24.11.2006
A. Porri. It takes two to tango, Sirp 8.07.2005
H. Liivrand. A gallery tour: Tallinn, Eesti Ekspress 24.11. 2004
A. Allas. Cold stare and soft values, Sirp 20.08.2004

Catalogues and other publications

Spring exhibition. Text of E. Kard. Estonian Artists Association, 2012
60 Artists in the Gallery in Parliament. A. Kalm, H. Ruusing. Tallinn 2011
XVII Man & Women. SA Uue Kunsti Muuseum, 2010
Pluralica 2009/1–2, Ungari.
Self–exposure. Text of E. Kard., Estonian Artists Association 2009
Portraits of Estonian Artist.W. Lamboo. The Netherlands, 2008
Poetics of endangered species – Estonia, Ajakirjade kirjastus. Tallinn 2007
Mara Koppel’s Interspace, K. Tichler. kunst.ee 1/06

Pedagogical work

2017–2018 Teacher of painting of Design Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts
2013–2014 Teacher of painting of Open Academy of the Estonian Academy of Arts
2011 Teacher of painting at summer courses of the Open Academy of the Estonian Academy of Arts
2008 Teacher of a painting course at the Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
2005–2008 Teacher of painting at the Children’s Art Day at the Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu
2006 Teacher of painting at the supplementary courses of the Open Academy of the Estonian Academy of Arts
2006 Teacher of painting at the preparatory courses of the Estonian Academy of Arts

Other

2004 Decorator, Estonian State Puppet Theatre, Tallinn
2003 Decorator, Finnish National Opera, Helsinki
2000 Decorator, Estonian State Puppet Theatre, Tallinn
2000 Decorator, Ballet Theatre Fouette, Tallinn
1999 Decorator, The City’s New Years’ Party, Rakvere

Languages

Estonian – mother tongue
French – spoken: very good, written: good
English – spoken: very good, written: good
Finnish – spoken: very good, written: good
Spanish – spoken: good, written: good
Russian – spoken: good, written: satisfactory