Uga Skulme

Painting, Visual Artist

1885 – 1963

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Who was Uga Skulme?

Uga Skulme was a Latvian painter.

Skulme was born in Jēkabpils, Courland. He studied at the Faculty of Law, the St. Petersburg University, in Russia, and the School of Imperial Society for the Fostering of Art, the Architecture Department at the St.Petersburg Academy of Arts and the Painting Department under K. Petrov-Vodkin. Stylistically he was a New Objectivist and has been compared to Aleksandra Belcova for his use of the static form, cool range of colours, thin layer of paint and a sheen close to the metal surface with the accent on drawing.

Skulme was a member of the Riga Artists Group between 1921 and 1939 and head of the drawing studio at the Rīga People's High School between 1924 and 1927 and a private art studio between 1923 and 1927. He was a professor at the Latvian State Academy of Arts in 1941 and again between 1945 and 1963. In addition to this he was a contributor to the Daugava magazine and the editorial staff member of the Latvian Encyclopedia between 1928 and 1940.

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Mar 20, 1885
Lived in
  • Jēkabpils
Nov 6, 1963

on July 23, 2013


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