Bauma Dzidra

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Dzidra Bauma (1930)

Dzidra Bauma is a watercolorist. She paints figurative compositions, portraits, landscapes, flowers, still lifes. She is one of the most prolific artists of the first generation of post-war watercolorists - the number of works can be estimated in thousands. She gained the most popularity with her flower paintings.

The artist herself tells about herself: "I was born in 1930 in Jelgava in a family of teachers. As a child, both my brother and I loved to draw and stick clay or plasticine figures. The 8. May elementary school in Riga had an excellent drawing teacher, the artist Alfons Mihailovskis, he also gave the first direction in art. My father allowed himself to buy us good brushes, watercolors, as well as art books, as well as publications on Latvian art. We also visited exhibitions. I enthusiastically absorbed what I read and learned the basic concepts not only in painting, but also in art history. In 1945, I continued my education at the 2nd secondary school in Riga. During my high school years, I also visited the art studio run by Jānis Skučas of Riga Pioneer Palace. My father did not want me to study at the J. Rosenthal art secondary school. At that time, he did not appreciate the teachers of this school, because he believed that all the good artists had left."

However, Dzidra Bauma studied at the Janis Rosenthal Art High School for one year, then attended the Academy of Arts as a free student. In 1966, she graduated from the Faculty of History and Philology of LVU. During studies, all coursework is written on issues of art history.

From 1954 to 1961, she worked as a teacher at Pravini Elementary School, from 1961 to 1965 as a research associate and acting director at the Tukums Museum of Art and Local History, from 1965 to 1975 as a drawing teacher at Riga 77th Secondary School. In the 90s of the 20th century, she returned to Pravini, but later came to live in Tukums.

The artist has been participating in exhibitions since 1959, both in Latvia and abroad. Member of the Union of Artists since 1970. She has held solo exhibitions in Tukums, Jūrmala, Dobele, Madona, Jēkabpils, Liepaja, Aizkraukle, Kuldīga, Jelgava, Mazsalaca, Valmiera, Talsi, Ventspils, Riga, also in Pärnu and the Latvian Center in Garezer, USA.

Dzidra Bauma considers herself a freelance artist with a peculiar personal handwriting and her own personal attitude towards developments in art. *