(1908 - 1977)
Ernest Melkis was born into a peasant family. He studied at the workshop of K. Miesnieks (1926-1927) and graduated from the workshop of figurative painting of the Latvian Academy of Arts with diploma works "Mezhineiki" (1938, received the certificate) and "Loggers" (1939, the title of the artist, head G. Eliass) . After graduation he worked as a drawing teacher at the Ludza State Professional School (1939-1940), as a decorator in the Tukum People's House (1946). Ernest Melkis was a long-term drawing teacher at the Tukums 1st secondary school (1948-1952), later worked as its director. In 1946 he founded and headed the art studio in Tukums. In 1933 he began to take part in exhibitions.
At the beginning of his creative work, he drew figured compositions, landscapes, still lifes and portraits, later he mainly painted only landscapes and still lifes (fruits and flowers). The palette of the artist is characterized by earth tones with contrasting flashes, an energetic brush stroke.
Art and architecture in biographies. Part 2 Riga: Encyclopedia of Latvia, 1996