Sirja-Liisa Eelma

Sirja-Liisa Eelma (1973) is a conceptual painter, whose visual language is characterised by minimalist structures. She often works with repeating and slowly changing images in order to analyse themes like lack of intimacy, the physical experience of pause, silence, and delineating the visible and the invisible. Eelma’s practice relies on the mutual impact of the time factor and the spatial context in painting, her works evoke contemplation and meditative quietness.


Sirja-Liisa Eelma graduated from the painting department of the Estonian Academy of Arts (MA 1996) and in 2018 started doctoral studies at the same academy. In 2016, she received the Konrad Mägi Prize. Her works belong to the collection of the Art Museum of Estonia as well as private collections. Eelma has presented her work at numerous solo, group and curatorial exhibitions both in Estonia and internationally.

Visiting Associate Professor