(1890 - 1968)
At the beginning of 1920’s Janis Cielavs has worked in realistic manner and accentuated firm drawing. Later he became closer to French tradition, which was popular among Latvian artists during that time (a little geometrical forms, sharpened contours and emphasized roughness). In 1930’s he became more pictorially relaxed and romantic in his manner of painting. During this period his creative work can be described by the varied brushwork and use of half tones. Cielavs painted scenes of everyday life (cafes, markets, fishermen during work and rest time), delicate nudes, still lifes (flowers), landscapes and portraits (he was favourite painter of representative and salon portraits).
Janis Cielavs studied painting in the Riga Art School (1911-1915); during World War I, he studied art at the Penza Art school and later in Tashkent. He has worked as a cartoonist in magazine “Ho-Ho” (1922–1924) and other magazines. He was a teacher at the Art academy of Latvia (1940-1941). Cielavs participated in exhibitions since 1920 and was a member of Riga artists’ group (1923). His works have been displayed in exhibitions of Latvian Culture foundation and overseas representative exhibitions of Latvian art. Artist has organised solo exhibition in 1930 and won the Latvian Culture foundation prize (1931 and 1935).
Vilsons A.Māksla un arhitektūra biogrāfijās, part 1. Riga: “Latvijas enciklopēdija”, 1995, P. 101.–102.