Presentation about local artists in Dobele

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                                                     Aija Prince (21.11.1956.)


Was born in Tukums, later lived in Annenieki "Pērkoni".

Freelance artist, architect of landscapes.


1999.-2001. Latvian University, a Master's degree in education.

1997.-1999. Latvian University, speciality of Art Pedagogics.

1978.-1983. Latvian University of Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, speciality of Horticulture.

1975.-1978. Bulduri technical schoool, architecture of landscapes.

Graduated the Annenieki Primary School and Dobele Secondary School.

Studied painting at studios of Ilze Neilande, Helga Jaksone, Ausma Auziņa, Harijs Blunavs.

Personal exhibitions since 1990.

“Mostly I paint flowers, landscapes and still lives. Source of inspiration – childhood’s leisurely solitude of wandering in nature, seen, heared and to felt then, the real and imaginated images must be shown.”

"The color and painting the world fascinated me from an early age and still fascinates more and more. It seems that there is nothing that can compete with nature's feelings, so painting will again experience this colorful wonder of silence, which waves in my life. "

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                                              Biruta Baumane (06.06.1922.)



Was born in Kalnamuiža, Tervete. Studied at the Latvian State Academy of Arts in (1941), graduated the Painting Department (1948). Marriedto  the sculptor Kārlis  Baumanis (1951). Daughter Laine Kainaize is also a painter. From the 1959 participate in Association of Artists. In 1986 became the Honoured art worker of Latvian SSR. She has participated in television and radio programs, motion pictures, as well as her articles published in periodicals. Won the Latvian SSR Artists Diploma for the best creative performance (1976).

One of the most important Latvian painters of her generation, who has worked in all genres of painting. Works characterized by a robust composition, powerful drawing, coloring, which is rooted in the landscape and Latvian folk mentality. Paintings are included in the collections of many national museums and private collections.

The first personal exhibition  - 1956. Personal exhibitions have been presented in Riga (1966, 1976, 1985), Liepaja (1967), Moscow (1968, 1984).

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                                                  Rita Valnere (21.09.1929.)


Was born in Bene, Dobele district. Graduated the J. Rosenthal School of Art (1949). Got the certificate with merit - a gold medal. Studied at the Latvian State Academy of Arts, Department of Painting - diploma work “Flower shop” (1949 -1956). Since the 1955 regularly participated in the exhibitions in Latvia and abroad. Became the member of the Association of Artists' (1957). the Artists Diploma of USSR Union was assigned to the artist. Creative journey to France (1965).  Started the teachers work in the Latvian State Academy of Arts as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Painting (1967), in 1978 – became the Assistant Professor, 1985 - Professor. Creative trip to Italy (1970). Winner of The II Triennial of Baltic republics in Painting  (Lithuanian Artists' Union Prize and diploma) - 1972. Assigned the  artist honorary title of Latvian SSR. And creative trip to Japan (1977). Diploma, a medal and prize of Latvian Artists' Union awarded for the best innovation performance and creative trip to India (1978). Creative journey to Finland (1983). The Medal of Honour was awarded (1986), the honorary title of the artist of Latvian SSR ws awarded (1987). Participated in the anniversary exhibition of Latvian Academy of Arts in Cologne and Dusseldorf, Germany (1990). The Master of Arts degree was awarded. Became the member of International Association of Art B-13 (1993 - 1998).

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                                                   Armīns Ozoliņš (18.05.1970)


Was born in Dobele, studied in Dobele Secondary School, Liepaja School of Arts, department of decorative design, graduated the Tallinn Art Institute, department of leather plastics. Participates in various exhibitions in Latvia and abroad since 1992.

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                              Egons Cēsnieks (10.02.1915. -  30.04.1978.)


Was born inMezmuiza. Graduated the Riga School of Arts and Crafts (1934), the workshop of Latvian Academy of Decorative Painting (1944); diploma painting - "Hay time". Was in exile to Komi (1945 – 19460). Worked in portrait studios (since 1946), workshops of design (1947), workshops of stained glass (1951), station of stained glass (since 1976). Paticipated in exhibitions since1953 (the paintings). The member of Artists' Union since 1958. In 1950ies contracts of the major government.

Worked with watercolors (landscapes, portraits, flowers), combined a poetic view of the world with a bright color palette. Illustrated books.

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                                   Zelma Tālberga (13.03.1900. - 22.06. 1972.)


Was born in Šķibe. Studied in Šķibe  Primary School and Jelgava Gymnasium of Kleinbergs, but graduated the grammar school in Petrograd during refugees. The poet Elsa Sterste encouraged to continue the education of arts. Studied in the Latvian Art Academy, the studio of  Professor R.Zariņš, focused on black and white graphic art. Diploma painting "Rural pottery" in 1933. Graduated the workshop of prof.R.Zariņš (1932). Active participation in exhibitions since 1935. Has worked for Dancigers as a drawer of silk fabric patterns and in the publishing house "Walter and Rapa" as the artist of children's books. After the war became the member of Artists' Union. The only personal exhibition (very extensive) in Riga (1971).

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                                           Elza Zariņa (01.01.1907. - 25.06.1997.)



Was born in Remte, lived and was buried in Biksti, Upenieki. Graduated the Riga school of Crafts, Department of ceramics (1939). Worked as a teacher in Riga School of crafts (1939 - 1941); worked in Riga Porcelain Factory, Art ceramics factory, pottery Association "Logs". Participated in the exhibitions in 1939. Had personal exhibitions in Riga, Saldus, Rujiena, Valmiera, Riga, Koknese, Zlekas. Member of Artists' Union since 1945. Creativity relied on folklore and Latvian folk art traditions. Made sets of dish for coffee, milk, peas, etc., vases, decorative plates, beer mugs and candlesticks. Works characterized by functional and stylistic integrity, possess a high artistry performance of painting and plastic ornament.

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                                Aleksandrs Cīrulis (04.05.1886. - 18.07.1969.)


Was born in Bērzmuiža (now Bērze). Born in a farmer's family. The first vocational education got in  J.Valters studio as a student of science school in Jelgava. Graduated the Riga Polytechnic Institute, Department of building (1914). As a student of architecture took part in exhibitions since 1908. During refugees of World War II lived in Omsk, where organized an exhibition of works by Latvian artists. Returned to Riga in 1921 and became one of the most active members of the Independent Artists, participated in all exhibitions of the Society. Became a CF (Cultural Foundation) scholarship holder in 1923.

Worked in all oil, pastel and tempera genres. Motives of market views were his favorite in compositions ("Christmas Market"). He also produced works with symbolic explicit mysterious mood ("Ruby", "The sacrifice of the gods", "King"). He painted landscapes of Vidzeme with a high water depiction ("Gauja flooding", "Koknese during flooding", "Amata shores"). In form they are based on the space composition is characterized by a certain decorativity, although critics often referred A. Cirulis as the epigone of V.Purvitis. A.Cirulis is one of the liveliest act of his time painting in common; his works characterized by a wide excellent drawing applications ("Bathers", "Loose-fitting position"). Drawing as a professional quality also leads A. Cirulis graphics. Worked in the magazine "Libra", participated in exhibitions of Graphics Society. Designed and implemented the applied art.


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                                  Valdemārs Tone (28.03.1892. - 30.07.1958.)


Valdemar Tone, full name, Theodore Valdemar Tone was born in Annenieki. Attended Annenieki Primary School (1900-1906), Dobele School of Francmanis (1906-1907). Graduated the Riga City Art School (1909) (the studio of Baltic German painter Gerhard Baron von Rosen), but in the 1910 left the training due to illness, but later returned and continued his painting studies (1911-1915) at studios of famous artists as V.Purvītis, J.R.Tillbergs, J.Rosental and sculpture in studio of A.Folcs. Traveled to the Mediterranean countries, Africa's northern coast, Sicily, Nice, Barcelona, ​​Marseille and Malaga on board 1913 (the captain at the time was the artist's brother). Studied at the Penza Art School (1915-1916). Lived in St. Petersburg and Pskov (1917-1918), and returned to Riga in 1918. He worked as a drawing and art history teacher in Riga High Schools (1919-1920). He has led his private study (1919-1923). Extra incomes got of illustrating books by graphic arts, creating the scenery in Latvian National Theatre (1919) and postage arrangements (1922). Creative trips to Paris and Italy. Worked as an educator in the Latvian Academy of Art (1925), was a director of the portrait painting class (1925 to 1932), the act painting class (1932). In 1944 was forced to emigrate to Germany, later to England, where lived and worked until his death in 1958.

Mostly women were painted - their ideal shapes, high society ladies and Latvian intellectuals.

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Rūdolfs Heimrāts (20.07.1926. - 01.05.1992.)


Textiles, ceramics

Was born in Bene. He was the most famous Latvian textile and ceramic artist. Considered to be a founder of Latvian professional textile school's, as well as the father of Latvian textile art.

Graduated the Riga school of crafts Department of Textiles (1948), Latvian Academy of Art, Department of Applied Art (1954). After graduation worked as a teacher the Riga School of Crafts (1962). Founded Department of Textile  Latvian Academy of Art (1961) and was a director of it until 1992. Participated in exhibitions since 1955.

Became the members of Latvian Artists' Union (1957). Received the title of Honoured Art Worker of Latvian SSR (1969) and the title of People's Artist of Latvian SSR (1976).

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          Zigfrīds Aleksandrs Bīlenšteins  (Bielenstein) (27.02.1869. - 25.02.1949.)



Worn in a pastor’s family.  Graduated the Art Academy in Leipzig, Germany (1893). Studies in Weimar at professor Brendel’s studio, after the death of the teacher moved to Professor Sartorio portrait painting class (1897). Graduated Weimar Art Academy.

Artist moved to Riga in 1897 and worked as an art teacher (1897 – 1939). Returned to Germany in 1939.

Participated in exhibitions since 1900.

Painted realistic romanticized portraits, interiors and landscapes. Was interestedin charcoal drawings, scissor cuts and Ex-Libris.



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Hilda Vīka (05.11.1897. - 14.02.1963.)

Was born in Old Riga. German by nationality, descended from a family of public servants Blosfeldi in Dobele. Her first art teacher was the Baltic German painter Gerhard von Rosen, who also has turned H.Vīka’s interest to the arts. During World War I worked in Russia, Poland and Lithuania as a nurse, governess and maid. Returned to Riga in 1920. Attended studio R.Suta (1921-1922). Later also had  studies in workshops of A.Zauers (1922 - 1027) and U.Skulme (1925 - 1927). Joined the Independent Artists Union (1927), and begian to participate in fairs (Art artistic salon of Drama and shows of Independent Artists group "Green crows”). The most period is the 30ies of 20th century. The first personal exhibition in the Riga City Art Museum (1933). Has been the member of Latvian SSR Artists' Union (1930s. - In 1960). H.Vīkas early life has been closely associated with Dobele - her brother built a small house with a workshop - "Valdoni". The artist spent the summers here. Currently, the house is not existing any more. There is a  H.Vīkas street in Dobele. Dobele Local History museum is the holder of one of the largest collections of H.Vīka.

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