Vilumainis Julijs

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(1909.25.IV – 1981.15.VIII)

Julijs Vilumainis studied at the evening department of the Riga city craft school (1925 – 26). Graduated from the Natural Scenery Master Workshops of the Art Academy of Latvia (1935) under the guidance of Professor V. Purvitis with the diploma thesis "Tornakalns".

The artist participated in the exhibitions of the association "Zaļā zeme" (from 1933), the Mukusala Artists' Association (from 1935), the Culture Fund in Latvia (1935/36, 1937/38), and also regularly participated in Soviet art exhibitions.
Personal exhibitions were held in Riga (1942, 1973, 1984, 2002, 2004), Jurmala (1977).

J. Vilumainis was a laureate of the Culture Fund (1944). In 1979, he received the title of Meritorious Artist of the LPSR.
From 1946, he was a member of the Union of Artists.

The artist was one of L. Libert's and P. Rožlapa's decoration performers at LNO (1935 – 37). Worked as a drawing teacher at Rēzekne State Teachers' Institute, the institute's model primary school and State Commercial School (1937-38), Riga primary school 29 (1938-39), primary schools 47 and 49 (1939-44). J. Viļumainis was the director of Kuldīga Applied Arts High School (1945), a teacher at Riga Applied Arts High School (1945 – 46, 1949 – 53) and J. Rozentals Riga Art High School (1953 – 69). He was also the director of the Art High School of the Art Academy of Latvia (1946-47). The artist worked in the combine "Māksla" (1953 - 69).

J. Viļumainis worked in all genres of painting, but his favorites were landscape and still life. The artist has subjectively interpreted the Flemish painting techniques of the 17th century, adapting them to Latvian household items (honey, milk, bread, mushrooms, field flowers, etc.) and the landscape of Latvia, in which one can see sharper color contrasts. He also worked in the marine and portrait genre.
In general, the color is dark, in painting dominates warm color tones and glazing painting technique.

The artist's works are in private collections and museums in Russia, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, USA, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, France, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, etc.

Information obtained from: "Art and architecture in biographies" resp. ed. A. Vanaga - Riga, 2003 - 4th volume.