Laris Strunke (1931-2020)
was a Swedish Latvian painter. He painted landscapes, monumental paintings in the interior.
Born in 1931 in the family of painter Niklāvas Strunke. During the Second World War, in 1944, together with his parents, he fled to Sweden. From 1952 to 1954 he studied at the Académie Libre art school, in 1959 he graduated from the Stockholm Academy of Arts.
Since 1959, Strunke's personal exhibitions have been held in various Swedish cities, he has also participated in group exhibitions in Sweden, Norway, Italy, Mexico, Denmark, Hungary, China, Finland, Canada, Latvia, Iceland, Germany, Australia, Brazil. Strunke's works are in many private and public art collections in Sweden - Stockholm Museum of Modern Art, National Art Museum in Stockholm, Gothenburg Art Museum, Malmö Art Museum, Sketch Museum in Lund, Väster Art Museum, Linköping Art Museum, Eskilstuna Art Museum, Technical Museum in Laholm, as well as in the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, the Latvian National Art Museum and the Swedbank Contemporary Art Collection in Riga. His workshop is located in the former orangery of the King of Sweden in the ancient Hague Park, on the outskirts of Stockholm.
Awards and honors
Honorary member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts
Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class (2003)
Gold medal of the Latvian Union of Artists (2002)
Egon Lundgren Medal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts (2002)
Prince Eugene Medal (2001)