Indulis Ojars Ranka
Born on 15 April 1934, in Jaungulbene, Latvia
Died on 13 April 2017, in Riga, Latvia
Studio – 9 Amulas Street, Riga LV-1002, Latvia
Study travels Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republik, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Norway, Japan.
1953-59 Academy of Fine Arts in Riga, Latvia.
Specialized in oil painting and academic drawing.
1948-53 Janis Rozentals School of Fine Arts in Riga, Latvia.
From 1966 Works as sculptor, mainly in granite.
From 1952 Takes part in exhibitions with paintings and graphics.
Founded Open Air Sculpture Gardens
From 1987 Andersson family’s sculpture Garden-Gallery in Stavanger, Norway.
From 1985 Sculpture Park “Dainu Kalns” in Turaida Museum, Latvia.
From 1975 Sculpture Garden – Gallery “Ulamula”, next to artist’s studio in Riga, Latvia.
Memorials and Memory Sculptures
2002 Memorial for Latvian freedom fighters in Riga, Latvia.
1999 Memorial for Latvian freedom fighters in Gulbene, Latvia.
1990 Memorial for Latvian freedom fighters in Smiltene, Latvia.
1987 Sculpture diptych “Youth” in Kobe, Japan.
1979 Memorial for the Second World War victims in Sigulda, Latvia.
1974 Sculpture “Greetings to Moldavia” in Chisinau, Moldova.
1972 Memorial for the Second World War victims in Indra, Latvia.
Organised and took part in:
1995-2001 Granite sculpture Symposium “5+1” Norway-Latvia in Riga, Latvia. Indulis Ranka with collaboration partners Ulrik Hellum, Knut Steen, Tuve Mugaas Traavik, Harald Bodogaard, Kirsti Grotmol created 7 granite sculptures.
1988 1st International Granite Symposium in Riga, Latvia.
1985 1st Riga’s Granite Symposium in Riga, Latvia.
1977 1st Granite Symposium in Malpils, Latvia.
Took part in:
2007 International Granite Symposium in Ventspils, Latvia.
1999 International Concrete Symposium “Park 800” in Riga, Latvia.
1995 International Stone Symposium in Nanao, Japan.
1994, 1987 International Labrador Symposium in Larvik, Norway.
Awards and Honorary Titles
1998 Officer of the Order of the St. Olav, 4th Class, Kingdom of Norway .
1994 Officer of the Three Stars, 4th Class, Latvia.
1992 Honorary Member of Latvian Academy of Science.
1989 Title the Honorary Artist of Latvia.
1986 The USSR Order “Mark of Honor”.
1986 The Best creative work of the year – Prize and Medal from Latvian Artist Union.
1984 Prize from the Latvian Culture Department.
1980 Prize and Medal – The Baltic States sculpture quadrennial exhibition.