McDaniel College’s Department of Art will present an interview between sculptor Eduardo Lapaitis Vaitkunaite and Professor Steven Pearson, translated by McDaniel alumna
Daniela Yacobucci Lapaitis ’20. The Zoom interview will take place on Thursday, October 14 at
Eduardo Lapaitis Vaitkunaite was born in Montevideo in a family of 9 people. His Lithuanian father and mother came to Uruguay in 1928 looking for work and stayed here. His father worked in a metal workshop.
Vaitkunaite learned to work with metals in Montevideo, in the safe deposit box factory, where he worked for 25 years. In 1965 taking an interest in metal, from remains of the factory he began to build works. The first works of the sculptor were "La Madre" and "El matorral" that in that same year were exhibited in the National Salon of Plastic Arts.
Vaitkunaite had great recognition from the Lithuanian community of Uruguay. His sculpture,
"Towards the Third Millennium," is in the "Plaza Lituania" in Montevideo.
The sculptor's works stand out for their plasticity, dynamics, and verticality. The themes of heaven, time, ether, and voices have preponderance. Most of his works are made of scraps of metal and wooden elements. Using very accentuated and bright color contrasts.
The interview, which is sponsored by Ars Nova, the College’s art club, is free and open to the public.