Janis Andris Osis (1943-2023) (born on October 4, 1943 in Talsi) is a Latvian painter, interior artist and art teacher. He was the rector of the Latvian Academy of Arts (LMA), where he is currently an emeritus professor. The artist not only paints, but also creates environmental objects, spatial works.
The artist received his basic education at the 2nd octogenarian school in Talsi. He began his education in the field of art with the painter, drawing teacher Jēkabs Springis in Talsi. After that, he studied at the Riga Applied Arts High School (1958-1963), followed by studies at the Department of Interiors and Equipment of the Art Academy of Latvia (1963-1971), which he graduated with a thesis under the supervision of professor Aleksandrs Stankevics.
J. A. Osis started participating in exhibitions in 1967. In 1970, he received the prize of the Academy of Arts of the USSR for his participation in the exhibition of young artists in Moscow. Participated in group exhibitions in Latvia, USA, Germany and Italy, personal exhibitions were held in Riga, Valmiera and Tulsa. The artist's works are in museums in Latvia (for example, the Talsi District Museum) and in private collections in Latvia, USA, Russia, Germany, Japan.
Member of the Artists' Union of Latvia since 1975. 1993—1998 was a member of the International Art Association "B13".
He paints landscapes, portraits, has worked in monumental decorative painting, uses assemblage and various textures to finish the surfaces of paintings. Optical and spatial paintings have been created in recent years. The artist is close to the theme of swamps, which he often depicts in his works.
J. A. Osis began his teaching career as a senior lecturer at the Latvian Art Academy. From 1997 to 2007, he was the rector, replacing Indulis Zarins in this position. Headed the Environmental Art Department of the Design Department, where he is currently a professor emeritus.