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Petrovich Murniek

born in 1922

Biography and information


Painter. Member of the Union of Artists of the USSR.

In 1938 - 44, he studied at teacher training institutes in Cesis and Jelgava, in 1953 he graduated from the painting department at the Latvian Academy of Arts with a thesis “Winged assistant” (under the guidance of V. Kozin).

He worked as a teacher in secondary schools in Valmiera and in Priekuly and in an agricultural technical school (1944 - 46), in the Māksla combine he was a graphic designer (1953 - 82).

In Soviet times, L. Murnieks was socially active and held positions both in the Union of Artists and in other public organizations. He received several awards of the time.

The artist has participated in exhibitions since 1953.

Solo exhibitions are organized in Riga (1960, 1964, 1972, together with I. and G. Krollis), Liepaja (1964), Vilnius (1968), Moscow (1968), Rostock (1974) and Tokyo (1978. together with Shagal).

He worked in different genres of painting - and in the monumental and easel. He painted landscapes, still lifes and portraits. In the work used and oily, pastel colors and tempera. The colors were pastozal, the compositions were laconic, the harmony of color and form was felt in them. Easel painting, he created his own unique style.

Literature: “Māksla un arhitektūra biogrāfijās”, 2. vol., - R .: “Latvian Encyclopedia”, 1996

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