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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

 

Education

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.

Creative Work

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.

Symposiums

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                   Rainis Prize and Medal from Latvian Academy of Science.

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.