Arno Arrak was born in 1963 Tallinn, Estonia, into an artistic family. His father Jüri Arrak was one of Estonia’s most prominent artists with work in the collections of major museums and galleries throughout Europe and the United States and mother was a leather artist, exhibiting her work internationally.
Arno’s early training in his father’s studio gave him a fundamental base in form, color and perspective. He later attended the Art University of Estonia. He further practiced drawing, painting and printmaking under several masters.
In 1989, resisting Soviet occupation of Estonia, Arno emigrated to Sweden and worked as a printmaker in the screen-printing company, publishing fine art prints for artists and galleries.
Two years later he and his family moved to Toronto, Canada, where he got a job as a master printer in the prestigious Toronto Open Studio. This was the turning point in his art career. It was there where he met Alan Flint, one of the Canada’s leading printmakers and together they developed unique watercolor mono-print technique that has attracted widespread international interest among printmakers and art collectors.
In 1992 Arno’s artwork was discovered by a Progressive Editions, a prominent art dealer who promoted and exhibited his art internationally.
Currently Arno divides his time between his homeland Estonia and North America to exhibit his work.
Arno’s art is represented in numerous galleries and in private and public collections worldwide.
“While I paint I often listen to music. Vibration and rhythm directly influences the sensitive watercolor medium. I wish that in my paintings I can create the window of inner peace and healing”