Artists / Art Academy of Latvia

The Art Academy of Latvia (hereinafter the Academy) was founded in 1919 by one of the first Latvian professional painters and the first rector of the Academy Vilhelms Purv?tis (1872-1945). He favoured the development of Latvian art. A modernized tradition of academic education, openness to topical art processes and activities, contribution of the pedagogues in preparing young artists and a high-level performance of the students have ensured and preserved the Academy’s authority till nowadays.
During the dramatic events of the World War II, in spite of the hardships and repressions of occupations, the academic staff of the Academy continued to teach and hand over their knowledge to students.