Jānis Murovskis ©


  1. major biographical data

    I was born on 3 June 1961 in Riga, Latvia.
    I slept in a cot under some birch trees. I was watched over on the edge of my cot by a tame crow named Krišs.

    I spent my childhood together with my parents, ceramist Latvīte Medniece and sculptor Imants
    Murovskis at Jaundubulti in Jūrmala, in the “goat shed” built by my grandfather, where once upon
    a time goats really were kept and grapes grew on the sun wall. It was a wonderful time of mischief
    and shenanigans.


    My primary school years have remained stuck in my memory as the drabbest years of my life.
    A complete contrast to my sunny childhood. The first humane relations between pupils and teachers
    are formed in the metalworking department of the Riga Applied Arts Secondary School (1976 –1980).
    Riga 3rd Technical School (1980 –1981) saves me from army service, brings me closer to cinema
    and semi-conductors and issues me with a Red Diploma. 

    The LSSR State Art Academy’s Industrial Art Department seems like the ideal community to me.
    It offers a creative, democratic environment, helpful lecturers and classmates. I meet Ineta Berkmane.
    We get married. I develop a passion for graphic print technologies. I begin practicing screen printing.
    We take part in our first exhibitions. Our son Matīss Murovskis is born.

    We print screen printed exhibition posters and other print works. Ineta and I teach at the Mazirbe
    Boarding School and our daughter Lizete Murovska is born. Returning to Riga, I work as a screen
    printer at the “Beāte” fashion salon and as an artist for the “Zvaigzne” publishing house, and then…
    … I received a call from Professor Aleksandrs Dembo. My life at the Academy continued. At the Graphic
    Design Department, my roles include teaching master, lecturer and associate professor (1989 –1999).
    I obtain a Humanitarians Sciences Master’s degree in Art (1997), and since 1999, I’ve been
    Head of the Visual Communications Chair at the Art Academy of Latvia; Associate Professor (2003);
    Head of the Audio-Visual Media Art Department (2007) and Professor (2009).
    I start growing grapes at my rural property “Murlande”.

  2. Creative activity and most important exhibitions

    1986 5th Miniature Graphics Exhibition, “Latvia” Exhibition Hall, Riga.
    Three etchings from the series “The Life of Fish”

    I begin to use to screen printing in my creative activity.

    1990 1st Graphics Biennial Kaliningrad, Russia*
    1st Pan-Latvian Art Exhibition, Foreign Art Museum, Riga*

    1991 International graphics and photographic exhibition, Vilniaus Prizas Vilnius*

    I discovered my personal artistic technique – cardboard and lino engraving.

    1992 2nd Graphics Biennial Kaliningrad, Russia*
    1993 4th Riga Miniature Graphics Triennial, “Arsenāls” Exhibition Hall, Riga*
    1994 Miniature graphics exhibition, Chamalieres Auvergne, France
    Personal exhibition Study Room, Gallery “Bastejs”, Riga*
    1995 Ex Libris competitive exhibition Belgrade, Yugoslavia*
    10th Tallinn Graphics Biennial*
    Latvian Contemporary Graphics, State Art Museum, Riga
    1996 Ex Libris, Latvian National Library, Riga
    1997 6th Book Illustration Triennial, Vilnius*
    Latvian contemporary graphics exhibition, Estonian National Library, Tallinn
    1998 Personal exhibition An Evening on the Lake, Gallery “Daugava”, Riga
    2nd Graphics Biennial Inter-kontakt, Prague*
    Baltic Sea State Graphics Biennial “Kaliningrad – Königsberg 98”, Russia*
    1999 150 Graphic Pages, Reutern House, Riga
    Competitive exhibition For Riga 800 Gallery “Bastejs”, Riga
    2001 Personal exhibition Look More Closely! Gallery “Bastejs”, Riga

    I worked in cardboard engraving, scaling the prints larger digitally,
    and made large-scale printouts on synthetic materials.


    2004 Painting of the Year, Asūna Gallery, Riga
    2005 Experimental graphics Now Art, Now Future, Lithuania
    2006 Experimental graphics Now Art, Now Future, Riga Design and Art School, Riga
    2007 Graphics and digital print, Latvian Academy of Sciences, Riga
    1st NBC Tokyo Screen Print Biennial*

    I restart printing screen prints.

    2008 Power and People. Baltic States’ contemporary graphics exhibition,
    Latvian Artists’ Union Gallery, Riga
    9th Baltic Sea State Graphics Biennial “Kaliningrad – Königsberg”, Russia*
    2009 Personal exhibition Look Further! Gallery “Daugava”, Riga
    2nd NBC Tokyo Screen Print Biennial*
    2010 Personal exhibition New Works, Latvian Academy of Sciences, Riga
    Personal exhibition Look Further II! Daugavpils University Gallery, Latvia
    Contemporary art exhibition Switch, Riga Art Space, Riga
    2011 Personal exhibition Dark Images Gallery “Daugava”, Riga
    2012 Graphics from Latvia, Schreiner Foundation Graphics Museum, Bad Steben, Germany*
    2014 Grafika-S at Riga Art Space

    First large-scale screen prints on canvas.

    Personal exhibitions

    2014 The Incomprehensible Feeling of Distance, Gallery “Daugava”, Riga 

    2015 The Incomprehensible Feeling of Distance, “National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall“ Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan*

    2016 Personal exhibition in a company of Taiean screenprint artists FORMOSA. The Beautiful Isle at Jurmala City Museum. Jūrmala, Latvia

    2016 The Incomprehensible Feeling of Distance at Marka Rotko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia

    2017 The 6th China Guanlan International Print Biennial

    2017 The Point of View at gallery “Daugava”, Riga, Latvia

    2018 SCENES at gallery of Kuldiga Artists residences

    2019 Another Scene at Insignia Art Gallery, Vidzeme Concert Hall, Cesis, Latvia

    2019 …and Flow…Janis Murovskis…screenprint… at the Latvian National Mueum of Art, Riga

    Group exhibitions

    2015 Anthology of Latvian Graphics 20 - 21st century at Art House, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

    2015 MAP OF THE NEW ART. Giorgio Cini Foundation. Venice, Italy

    2015 50/50: New Prints 2015/Winter. IPCNY - International Print Centre. New York, USA

    2015 International Tokyo mini print triennial. Museum of Tama Art University. Tokyo, Japan

    2016 FORMOSA. The Beautiful Isle at Jurmala City Museum. Jūrmala, Latvia

    2016 EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF PRINTMAKING. at Taoyan Culture Centre. Taiwan

    2017 Awagami International Miniature Print 2017 Hall of Awa Japanese Paper Museum, Tokushima, Japan

    2017 PRINTMAKING IN STORM OF SILENCE  Large scale screen print works Shut Up! Riga, Latvia

    2018 ORIGIN The Project of the Art Academy of Latvia at Riga Art Space

    2018 FRIEND'S FRIEND International Contemporary print Ikeda Art Museum, Japan

    2018 100 in Latvian Art  at Mark Rothko Art centre Daugavpils, Latvia

    2018 9th International Printmaking Biennial of Douro

    2019 13meters per second Jurmala Culture centre

    2019 Prints of the World  Informel Nakagawamura Museum, Nagano pref. Japam

    2020 LATVIA - JAPAN miniprints at the GALLERY NEXT CURVE (つぎのカーブ)

    Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

    2020 35th Anniversary of Printsaurus Fei Art Museum, Yokohama, Tokyo


  3. Accomplishments

    1999 Latvian Artists’ Union and Air Baltic Prize, For Riga 900 competition exhibition.
    2008 Jury Prize for the publication Silver-haired Latvia, under the auspices of the Baltic Book Fair and
    Baltic Best Designed Books 2007 (computer graphics jointly created with Ineta Berkmane)
    2009 International Exhibition Prize, 2nd NBC Tokyo Screen Print Biennial
    2014 Second Prize at the competitive exhibition Yes/InDependence at Jūrmala Artists’ House, Latvia 

    2018 Honourable mention of jurors 100 in Latvian Art  at Mark Rothko Art centre Daugavpils, Latvia

    2018 First Prize at the competitive exhibition Yes/InDependence at Jūrmala Artists’ House, Latvia