Aapo Pukk

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Aapo Pukk


SIGNATURE MEMBER of Portrait Society of America since 2017. Member of Portrait Society of America since 1999. I was born on October 3, 1962 in Tartu, Estonia, North-Europe. My father Aleksander Suuman (1927-2003) was a well-known poet, painter and teacher.

My mother Laine Pukk (born 1935) taught art at the Children’s Art School (Children age 10-14) for thirty years. I had my first art lessons at home, from my mother. Actually, one could say that I was born in an art school. My mother worked as a teacher at the art school in the town where I was born. We did not have a place to live in and my mother could stay with me in the staff room of the school. When we got a flat we were still very poor, but we always had pencils, paper, watercolors and a brush ready. According to my mother, I used to sit on the floor on top of a big sheet of paper and draw all the time, even before I learned how to speak.

Selected awards:

2nd Honor Award PSOA 2016;

Grand Prize Award International Artist Magazine 2010/2011;

First Place PSOA Members only 2012;

Best Portfolio winner PSOA 2014;

Premio Internationale Lorenzo Il Magni co Florence Biennale 2011;

2nd Place PSOA Members only 2008;

First Honors Award PSOA 2007;

Honorable Mention Art Renewal Center 2003;

Honors Award PSOA 2001;


Europastello 2003, St.Petersburg, Russia, Italy;

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, 2004, 2005.

Today I am a teacher at the Estonian Academy of Arts and I also organize courses of classic figurative art at the Aapo Pukk Art School.

STATEMENT: I believe that every portrait artist is constantly on the lookout for his perfect model. He is searching for that special person who can tell a story without using words - not just his or her story but also the artists story.

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