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Ivo Lill

Ivo Lill

Estonian artist
Ivo Lill
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Intro Estonian artist
Was Artist
From Estonia
Type Arts
Gender male
Birth 24 June 1953, Tallinn, Estonia
Death 4 August 2019, Haapsalu, Estonia (aged 66 years)
Star sign Cancer
Father: Ado Lill
Siblings: Mari Lill
Estonian Academy of Arts (-1985)
The details


Ivo Lill (24 June 1953 – 4 August 2019) was an Estonian glass artist.

Early life and education

Ivo Lill was born in Tallinn to Felix Lill and Asta Lill (née Multer). His father was arrested by Soviet authorities and spent several years sentenced to forced labor in the gulag system in Siberia, but was able to later return to the family. Lill was the youngest child of three siblings; he had two older sisters, Kadri, and actress Mari Lill. Lill grew up and attended schools in the district of Nõmme and spent time visiting his grandmother on the island of Saaremaa. His niece is actress Elisabet Reinsalu.

Lill was a 1985 graduate of the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn and worked almost exclusively in the medium of glass sculpting and design. He was a member of the Estonian Artists' Association, G.A.S. (The Glass Art Society) of Seattle, U.S.A., and the Centro Studio Vetro, of Murano-Venice, Italy.

Works in public collections

  • Art Museum of Estonia - Tallinn, Estonia
  • Estonian Art Fund - Tallinn, Estonia
  • Tallinn Art Hall - Tallinn, Estonia
  • Tallinn Museum of Applied Art - Tallinn, Estonia
  • Tartu Art Museum - Tartu, Estonia
  • Tallinn Business Center - Tallinn, Estonia
  • The Corning Museum of Glass - Corning, New York, U.S.A.
  • Glasmuseet Ebeltoft - Ebeltoft, Denmark
  • Glasmuseum Frauenau - Frauenau, Germany
  • Centre del Vidre de Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain
  • Gus-Khrustalny Glass Museum - Gus-Khrustalny, Russia
  • Bohemia Hall - Novy Bor, Czech Republic
  • Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania - Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University - New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Commissioned works

  • since 2006 – Estonian Annual Theatre Awards "Theodori silm" trophies
  • 2002 – Trophies for the Eurovision Song Contest
  • since 1999 – Annual Prizes for The Black Nights Film festival
  • since 1999 – Annual Prizes for Estonian Drama Theatre
  • 1994 – Glass sculpture "The Right To Hope", (47×20×20 cm), "One World Art" programme, travelling exhibition
  • 1993 – Glass sculpture "The Trinity", (28×28×27 cm), a gift to the Catholic Pope John Paul II from the Union of Estonian Churches, Pope’s Artistic Collection, Vatican City
  • 1986 – Glass sculpture “Seven Cubed”, (30×30×30 cm), Ministry of Culture of Russia (Moscow)
  • 1985 – Glass sculpture “Monster", (100×50×70 cm), Estonian Embassy in Moscow, Russia


  • 2014 – Tallinn Order of Merit
  • 2001 – The Silver Prize of the International Exhibition of Glass, Kanazawa, Japan
  • 1999 – Kristjan Raud Annual Arts Award
  • 1995 - Kristjan Raud Annual Arts Award
  • 1988 – The prize on the Baltic Applied Art Triennial IV
  • 1986 – The Annual Estonian Artists' Union award

Personal life and death

Ivo Lill was married to Irene Lill. The couple had two daughters. He died unexpectedly at age 66 in Haapsalu on 4 August 2019.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 24 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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