Private Collection, United States
Born and raised in Riga, Latvia, Raimonds Staprans has lived in Northern California for more than six decades — nearly his entire career. He has often claimed that in terms of his education, experience, and personality, he is thoroughly Latvian, whereas his paintings are purely Californian. Many of his paintings showcase the landscape and architecture of the Golden State, having an equal basis in reality and the artist’s imagination. Taut contours and bold hues define fields, marinas, isolated trees, and architecture, all devoid of people, while scorching sunlight descends from skies of the deepest blue. In a similar vein to the work of Richard Diebenkorn, Staprans employs flat planes of colour to create form and light. “I am an abstract painter whose objects are really recognisable and sometimes quite realistic,” the artist’s said of his work. “But one has to realise that they are really constructed from the ground up in absolutely abstract terms.”
The artist received his MA from the University of California Berkeley, where he studied under Hans Hofmann and Karl Kasten. Also a writer, Staprans is known for his plays, which give an insight into his painting process. In 2006, Raimonds Staprans: Art of Tranquility and Turbulence was released. The book provides context for how emigrating from Latvia influenced his development.
His works can now be found in collection across the globe including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the Portland Museum of Art.