Born on April 28, 1896 in Cesis vicinity
(Latvia), died on July 14, 1944 in Tbilisi (Georgia), rehabilitated
Painter, graphic artist, decorative and stage designer, art critic
and theoretician. Studies at J. Madernieks' Art Studio (1913), Riga
City Art School (1913-1915), and Penza Art School (1915 -1917). A
prominent figure and active protagonist of modernistic trends in Latvian
art. Travels to Berlin and Paris, where he made the acquaintance of
A. Ozanfant, Le Corbusier, and others. The influences of Cubism and
Member of the Riga Artists' Group (1920-1924) and Riga Graphic Artists'
Society. Painter of still-lifes and figural compositions. After the
first experiments in Modernism, he turned to a more realistic manner
of representation. Initiator and developer of a national constructive
style, especially in interior design; founder of Baltars creative
workshop for porcelain painting (1924-1928); designer and painter
at Kuznetsov's Porcelain Works and the Glass-Blowing Factory in Ilguciems
(Latvia); head of the drawing and painting studio at the public high
school (1929-1934) and private art studio (1934-1940). From 1939,
he was engaged in film production at the Riga film studio as chief
designer (films "Kauguriesi", "Melancholic Waltz").
References: T. Suta. Romans Suta. Riga, 197??; T. Suta. Romans
Suta. Riga, 1995; Latvian Fine Arts in 1860 - 1940. Riga, 1986; J.
Silins. Latvian Art in 1915 - 1940, I. Stockholm, 1988; Unerwartete
Begegnung: lettische Avantgarde: 1910 - 1935. Köln,1990.