About Mantas Petruškevičius
“It is natural for me to need aesthetic environment and to feel passion for its creation. I call my work to be my genuine vocation,” – says the Lithuanian florist Mantas Petruškevičius, who compares his artistic craft and efforts to create it to the haute couture collections.
Mantas Petruškevičius is capable of creating harmonious environment even under minimalist conditions, even when he knows that his surroundings are temporary and ephemeral – nevertheless, all the objects around him will have subtle form, colour, facture and aroma. He was sixteen when he presented his floral collection of clothes in Vilnius hotel “Stikliai”. The collection was noticed and appreciated by the then First Lady Alma Adamkienė. Later Mantas was contributing creatively to charitable events organized by this woman. It was a challenge and a solid statement made by him in the country that has lost sense of beauty during the Soviet times that esthetical needs should be manifested in our celebrations and daily life.
Mantas Petruškevičius finds his inspiration in the Renaissance, the Baroque, as well as in the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles that blossomed in the beginning of the 20th century and that can be encountered in numerous Parisian interiors. The style of celebration and surrounding architecture serve as essential criteria that determine graphical image, colour and form of the created bouquets.
When Mantas is decorating place for certain occasion, he gives special attention to the table as an important part of general culture, thus the landscape he creates is often affected by menu and treating ritual of the entire celebration.