TWO PORTRAITS OF LATVIA’S EX-PRESIDENT
On 18 December at 17.00, RIGA
GALLERY invites to the opening of the exhibition “Public and Private” by Ritums
Ivanovs, featuring the official portrait of Valdis Zatlers, the former
President of Latvia.
The popular new-generation painter and experienced portraitist Ritums
Ivanovs has been commissioned to paint the official portrait of the former
President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers.
Working on the official portrait of Valdis Zatlers, Ivanovs has returned
to the classical oil painting technique and painted according to the canons of the
grand style portraiture.
Viewers accustomed to Ivanovs’ original hatching manner will be
surprised – Valdis Zatlers’ face painted in the academic tradition has been
worked out up to the smallest details and all official insignia are also
This approach fully conforms to the rules set by the President’s Office
and a special commission, and continues the painter Miervaldis Polis’ style,
representing the former Presidents of Latvia Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga and Guntis
The second portrait of Valdis Zatlers will surprise the public yet again,
as it is executed in Ivanovs’ unique painting manner – barcode-type hatching
that symbolises the present-day digital era. In this portrait, the artist has
given up the official insignia and aimed at revealing of the former President’s
character in a more personal tone. This portrait is more similar to the portrait
of Jānis Čakste by Ivanovs which is the property of Saeima, the parliament of Latvia, and is
exhibited in its premises.
The exhibition will be on view
at Riga Gallery from 18 to 20 December, opening hours: 12.00–18.00, Aspazijas Blvd 20, Riga.
Ritums Ivanovs was born in Cēsis / Latvia in 1968.
In 1994 he graduated from the Painting Department of the LatvianAcademy of Art.
In 1994–1995 he studied at the Humboldt State University, California / USA.
He was the only contemporary Latvian artist (together with Līga Purmale)
to participate in the Sotheby’s exhibition in London 2009.
Works in selected public collections:
of Art, Riga / Latvia
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow / Russia
Museum, Tallinn / Estonia
The Saeima, parliament of the Republic
of Latvia, Riga
PrivateMuseum, Münster / Germany
Kunsthalle Würth, the Würth Collection, Schwäbisch Hall / Germany