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Famous local artists

Famous local artists

Cesis, with its special aura and esthetic environment, has nurtured many artists known in Latvia and abroad. Also several kins of artists have described Cesis and its vicinity as their “cradle”.

Sculptor Kārlis Jansons (1896 – 1986)
He’s one of the founders of Latvian professional sculpture, one of the greatest masters of the memorial sculpture genre in Latvia.  

Sculptor Andrejs Jansons (1937 – 2006) 
He was the son of Kārlis Jansons. A. Jansons worked in monumental and memorial sculpture. During the Atmoda A. Jansons resumed his father's works destroyed during the Soviet era in Jelgava, Rēzekne, Balvi.

Sculptor Maija Baltiņa (1941)
Works made of bronze and stone.

Sculptor Matiass Jansons (1973)
He represents the third generation of Jansons’ sculptors and works in the family workshop “Siļķes”. Works made of bronze and granite.

Painter Arturs Dronis (1904 – 1995)
Artist and teacher. In 1934 he graduated from figurative studio of Ģ. Elias in the Latvian Academy of Arts. A. Dronis- lyricist in art, has works of Gauja, many buildings of Cesis and has also created portraits of his contemporaries.

Painter Kārlis Baltgailis (1893-1978)
He received his artistic education in Penza art school and after graduating he entered the regiment of the Latvian Riflemen. The focus of his art was images of the riflemen’s life on the front. 

Painter and decorator Jānis Rozenbergs (1900 – 1966)
A significant part of this artist's life was the work as a decorator and an arranger of exhibitions in Latvia and in foreign countries. After World War II he worked as a teacher in Cesis and created a lot of works native to Cesis and Gauja.

Stage designer and painter Pēteris Rozenbergs (1943-1995)
He was the son of the artist Jānis Rozenbergs. He created scenography for more than 50 performances in Latvian theatres. In 1982 together with the artist Romis Bēms and by that time the director of Cesis Museum, Ivars Zukulis, he founded the International 'en plein air' of watercolourists- "Cesis". He works primarily in watercolour and made his daughter Christina Rosenberg (1976) au fait with art. Work performed in graphics and watercolors.

Painter Ritums Ivanovs (1968)
He attended the Jāņa Rozentāla Secondary School of Art, and the Latvian Academy of Art, as well as the Humboldt University in the United States. Painting similar to photorealism– this method of painting R. Ivanovs invented himself.

Kaspars Podnieks (1981)
He studied at the Cesis Art school. He was a graduate of Riga School of Applied Arts and the Visual Communication Division of the Latvian Academy of Arts. The line in the art of Podnieks is to take it out into nature or to bring nature into his art. K. Podnieks is at the beginning of a promising career in creative work. 

Painter Signe Vanadziņa (1973)
She graduated from the Painting studio of Professor Indulis Zariņš in the Latvian Academy of Arts. The painting of S. Vanadziņa is bright, colourful and temperamental.

Painter and graphic artist of books Elīza Vanadziņa (1975)
She studied at the Jāņa Rozentāla Secondary School of Art and at the Graphic design Department of the Latvian Academy of Arts. She has outstanding achievements in the illustration of books, taking part in prestigious exhibitions of illustration in Europe.

Painter Laila Balode (1959)
She graduated from the Jāņa Rozentāla Secondary School of Art and from the Graphic Department of the Latvian Academy of Arts. Works with watercolour and book graphics. Long-term participant in the Cesis 'en plein air' of watercolourists. 

Glass artist and pedagogue Eero Rass
He’s a graduate of the Department of glass design in Tallinn University of Arts. The expression of the works of this glass design artist is laconic and often very clever.

Woodcarver and pedagogue Vilnis Kļaviņš (1955)
He graduated from Liepājas Secondary School of Art and the Pedagogical Department in the Latvian Academy of Arts. Artistic solutions of social issues in works are especially clever.

Ceramist and pedagogue Vita Vīksna (1962)
She graduated from Riga School of Applied Arts and Ceramic Department in the Latvian Academy of Arts. Experiments with clay creating works with unusual forms for exhibitions.