(1943 - 2016)
Stage designer, graphic artist
Ilmars Blumbergs is working in the field of graphics, painting, stage design, installation, graphic design, book illustrations, film production, photography, sculpture. He is one of the most notable representatives of the innovative tendencies in 1970’s Latvian stage design: within his work the formation of the space, environmental elements and costumes always has the philosophically symbolic meaning. One of the main qualities of his art is tendency to create maximally expressive, effective stage design, using plastic and dynamics of texture and colour.
Graphic works by Ilmars Blumbergs are intellectually and philosophically generalizing – he usually uses mythical and literary sources in associative manner.
Ilmars Blumbergs artwork is awarded in many exhibitions, including the main price in the Graphic triennial of The Baltic republics’ in Tallinn (1989), the culture price of the newspaper “Diena” for the staging of Wagner’s opera “Valkyrie” in The Latvian National Opera House in collaboration with V.Kairiss (2008) and many other prizes.
Ilmars Blumbergs has graduated the Decoration department of Applied Arts school of Riga (1963) and the Art Academy of Latvia, Painting Department (1972). He also has learned stage design at Gunars Zemgals studio (1972).
He has worked as artist in Daile Theatre (1969–1978; 1976–1985 as a main artist). Blumbergs has collaborated also with the Youth and Valmiera Theatre and Peoples’ ensemble “Pantomime of Riga”. Blumbergs is participating in exhibitions since 1962. He has organised personal exhibitions in Riga, Kaunas, Finland, USA, Belgium and France. He is a member of The Artists’ Union of Latvia since 1972 and The Theatre Employee Union since 1973. In 1989 he was granted the title of the Latvian SSR Honoured Art Worker. His artwork is included in museums’ collections in Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Germany, Finland, Lithuania, France and Australia.
"The creative work of Ilmars Blumbergs is characterized by serious intellectual process of thinking, which is resulting in touchy and very delicate language of the visual characters. His oeuvre is requiring to get closer to the point of human’s existence, searching for intangible border of weak and strong and is accentuating the endless need of presence of the world’s ethical core values."
Vilsons A. Art and architecture in biographies, Book 1. Riga/ Latvian encyclopedia, 1995, page 70
Berjozkins V. Ilmārs Blumbergs. Scenogrāfija. Riga: Liesma, 1983.