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 2. November, 2017

Georgs (Juris) Elgers

 25. August, 2017

Elgers was born in 1585 in Valmiera and studied at Riga Dome School. Since 1605 he studied at the Braunsberg Jesuit School in Eastern Prussia, then studied rhetoric at the Polotsk School of theology. In 1607 he entered the Jesuit Order. In 1609 he studied philosophy at the Brownsburg Jesuit Collegium and worked as a … >>

Solomon Gershov

 25. August, 2017

Painter (1906 – 1989). He was born in 1906 in Daugavpils. At the very beginning he studied at the Vitebsk Art School at Yuri Pena and Mark Shagal. In 1922 he moved to Petrograd, where he studied at the Institute of Arts under the guidance of Kazimir Malevich, and attended Pavel Filonov’s School of Analytical … >>

Yakov Chapiro (Jacques Chapiro)

 25. August, 2017

Pseudonym – Jacques Shapiro. Jacques Chapiro (1897-1972) was a painter. Yakov Chapiro was born on June 13, 1897 in Daugavpils, in the family of a woodcutter Abraham Chapiro. The boy got traditional Jewish religious education and began to learn the basics of art at the age of 10. In 1915, Yakov began his studies at … >>

Andrejs Švirksts

 25. August, 2017

Švirksts was a municipality employee and the Head of Daugavpils. He was born in Šlosbergs house in Daugavpils county, Jersika parish. In 1915 he graduated Livenhof School (current Livani territory). After graduation Švirksts worked in railway service, but in 1917 he took part in Latgale riflemen regiment organising. IN 1919 finished teacher courses and started … >>

Sigurds Vīdzirkste

 25. August, 2017

Artist, painter (1928-1974). Sigurds Vidzirkste was born on February 10, 1928 in a family of civil servants in Daugavpils. He got his first skills in art at the elementary school under the guidance of Janis Kalmite. His studies at the Department of Chemistry at the Riga State Technicum gave him the knowledge that he later … >>

Venta Vecumniece

 25. August, 2017

Theatre actress, director, writer, pedagogue (1927-2017). Venta Vecumniece was born in Daugavpils on December 3, 1927. Her father was the conductor of Daugavpils Garrison Orchestra. Her family lived in the territory of Daugavpils fortress. Venta Vecumniece studied at Daugavpils Secondary School No. 2, Jekabpils State Commercial School, and the State Trade Technicum. In 1949, she … >>

Alfrēds Feils

 25. August, 2017

Feils (1902 – 1942) was a conductor, music teacher, and composer. He was born on May 29 in Riga into a wealthy and intellectual family. In 1914 Feils together with his family ran to Russia, where they went through difficulties and misery caused by the war and revolution. In 1920 after return to Latvia Alfred … >>

Nikolajs Vanadzins

 25. August, 2017

Organist, music teacher (1882-1978).  Nikolajs Vanadziņs was born on December 11, 1892 in Valka district in a Trikata forester family. He was mad on and and fascinated with music since early childhood. He received his primary education in Nicolas Gymnasium in Riga, after graduation of which a young man decided to devote his entire life … >>

Gunars Berzins

 25. August, 2017

Caricaturist (1927-1999).  Gunars Berzins was born on June 4, 1927 in Daugavpils in the family of the colonel of the Latvian Army Edgars Berzins and his wife Anna. Already in the childhood the boy liked to draw, and his drawings appeared like a shot. His first critics were yard keepers who erased illustrations on fences … >>


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