August Künnapu (1978) is a painter who has several favourite themes: athletes and folk dancers, cats and dogs, doctors and architects and more. His works carry influences from Cubism, Art Deco, retro and pop art. All this effectively creates a multifaceted result, which, in addition to deceptive naivety, also has psychological depth and tragedy to it.
Künnapu studied at the Estonian Institute of Humanities (1996-1997), which was followed by architecture studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts (1997-2001) and a summer course at the Slade School of Art in London (2000). Since 2005 he has been the editor of the newspaper Epifanio. His work and exhibition activities are diverse and fruitful, and he has held solo exhibitions in Manila, Berlin, Riga, Helsinki and Tampere besides Estonia. In 2007, August Künnapu’s paintings were recognised with the Konrad Mägi Medal and Art Award, and in 2018 with the Kristjan Raud Prize.