Ritums Ivanovs

Ritums Ivanovs uses precise and hyperrealist depictions of reality and bright polychromatism typical of Op Art. Working in his unique linear technique, he paints portraits and nudes on exceptionally large-scale canvasses. Ivanovs most often uses a photo as a basis, yet sketches and paints his works completely freehand. The main subjects of Ritums Ivanovs’ works involve human emotional moods, in both dramatic and subtle styles. His images contain real people from his life, photographic images from printed material – from art history books or from show business advertisements, and even from erotic magazines.



Curriculum Vitae

Born October 17th, 1968 in Cesis, Latvia

Member of Artists Union of Latvia since 1999



1996 Art Academy of Latvia, Painting department, MA

1994 – 95 Humboldt State University, CA, USA

1987 – 94 Art Academy of Latvia, Painting department, BC

1980 – 87 Janis Rozentals Art School


Selected Solo Exhibitions 

2017 Exhibition. Feld+Haus gallery, Frankfurt, Germany

2016 Connect. Gallery Bastejs, Riga, Latvia

2016 Exhibition. Kohler gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

2016 Frame capturer. Exhibition hall of Kuldiga, Latvia

2016 Frame capturer. Exhibition hall of Ventspils, Latvia

2015 Frames. Exhibition hall of Cesis, Cesis, Latvia

2013 Symbol of Illusion. Gallery Bastejs, Riga, Latvia

2012 Public and Private. State commission of President’s portrait. Gallery Riga, Latvia

2012 Gaga Dance. Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia

2012 Amy. Kate. Gaga. Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia

2011 Lights On. Qatar Exxon Mobil Open, Doha, Qatar

2010 Stars. Lights On. Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia

2008 Dreamers. Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia /Catalogue/

2007 Awakening. Gallery Siemer, Zurich, Switzerland

2006 Author technique. Cesu pils, Exhibition hall, Cesis, Latvia

2005 Exposed. Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia /Catalogue/

2004 Optical Diffusion. Gallery Eva Poll, Berlin, Germany

2003 Paintings. Gallery Bastejs, Warzsaw National Library, Warzsaw, Poland, 

2002 Erotic Movie. Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia /Catalogue/

2002 Depeche Mode paintings. L’Artiste, Tallinn, Estonia

2001 The Heroes. Gallery Riga. Riga, Latvia /Catalogue/

2001 Optical Energy. Gallery Cite des Arts, Paris, France

2001 Optical Energy. Cite International des Arts, Paris, France

2000 A girl. Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia

1999 To be and to look. Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia

1995 Paintings. Tsink Plekk Pang, Tartu, Estonia


Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Man in Art. XO Gallery, Riga, Latvia

2018 Kiev Art Fair. Gallery ArtPromotion02, Kiev, Ukraine

2017 Hiperrealism. Arsenāls Exhibition Hall of LNMM, Riga, Latvia

2017 TOP no TOP. Exhibition of the Zuzāns collection. LNMM, Riga, Latvia

2017 From head to toes. Wurth collection. Museum Wurth, Erstein, France

2017 CONTEXT Art Fair. Represented by Gallery Bastejs, New Yok, USA

2017 SCOPE Art Fair Basel. Represented by Gallery Bastejs, Basel, Switzerland

2017 LUXEMBOURG Art Fair. Represented by Gallery Bastejs, Luxembourg

2017 Wind to Wind. Haidar Alie art center. Baku, Azarbeijan

2017 Eksperimental sidestep. Putti gallery, Riga, Latvia

2016 SCOPE Miami Beach, Gallery Bastejs, Miami, USA

2016 Olypic body. Mukusalas Art salon. Riga, Latvia

2015 Art residence exhibition. Abu Dabi, Uniter Arab Emirates

2015 Mainzer Volksbank, Mainz, Germany

2015 START Art Fair at Saatchi gallery, Gallery Bastejs, London, United Kingdom

2015 Miniatues. XO gallery, Riga, Latvia

2015 Selfportrait. XO gallery, Riga, Latvia

2014 Kunst Zurich. Proart gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2014 Summer exhibition. Proart gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

2014 Imagenary stories. Gallery Meno, Kauna, Villnus, Lithuania

2013 Volta Basel, Gallery Bastejs, Basel, Switzerland

2013 From Head to Toe. Wurth Collection, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

2013 Nord Art. Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Germany

2012 Art Takes Times Square. NY, USA

2012 He's not looking for truth. He want's to influence. Art room of Riga, Riga, Latvia

2012 Summer exhibition. Gallery Riga, Riga, Latvia

2010 Territory of Art. Volkhonka Fine Art Centre, Moscow, Russia

2010 Latvian Art Invasion. Art House, Tartu, Estonia

2009 SCOPE Art Fair Basel. Gallery Bastejs, Basel, Switzerland

2009 SCOPE Miami Beach, Gallery Bastejs, Miami, USA

2009 Sotheby’s exhibition-sale. 5th - 9th June, London, United Kingdom

2009 EUROPART. Gallery Bastejs, Geneva, Switzerland

2006 Visions and Reality. Pulchri Studio, Hague, The Netherlands

2006 Body power. Gallery Riga, Riga, latvia

2005 8th International Print Biennale. Kaliningrad, Russia

2005 No Painting. Tallinna Kunstihoone. Tallinn, Estonia

2005 Now art now future. Print, Edsvik Konshall, Edsvik, Sweden

2005 Travelling exhibition. Essen, Germany

2005 New Life. Palazzo Reale, Napol, Italy

2005 Salt of life. Gallery Vartai, Vilnius, Lithuania

2005 Art on paper. Riga Gallery, Riga, Latvia

2004 Line Art. Gallery Bastejs, Ghente, Belgum

2004 Extension is More. Fine Arts project “Gallery Tour of the Ten”, International Club of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany, Berlin, Germany

2004 Art of the Ten. Project Gallery Tour of the Ten, City Hall Gallery, Munich, Germany

2004 Rape of Europe. Eskilstuna Art Museum, Eskilstuna, Sweden

2004 Painters. Latvian consulate at St. Peterburg, Russia

2003 ART MOSCOW, Central Artist house, Moscow, Russia

2003 Line Art Fair. Gallery Bastejs, Ghenete, Belgum

2003 Line Art Fair. Business Design Centre, London, United Kigdom

2003 Adaptation. Exhibition Hall Rotterman Salt Storage, Tallinn, Estonia

2002 Nothing Personal. Städtische Galerie im Buntentor, Bremen, Germany

2002 Latvia. Surprising Art from the 20th CenturY. Zvolle City Museum, Zvolle, The Netherlands

2002 Fresh Art Fair. Business Design Centre, London, United Kingdom

2001 Identity. Riga Gallery, Riga, Latvia

2001 ART MOSCOW. Central Artist house, Moscow, Russia

2001 Interspace. State Museum of Art Exhibition Hall Arsenals, Riga, Latvia

2000 Baltic Art. Contemporary Paintings and Sculptures, National Art Club, New York; International Monetary Fund, USA



2013 Painting of the year Rasmuss dreams. A. Suna gallery and SWEDBANK PRIVATE BANKING

2003 Estonian Ministry of Culture, letter of acknowledgement from Urmas Paet

2000 Ministry of Culture, Latvia, Residence Grant

1998 Exhibition Art Nouveau in Riga, Gallery Riga, Latvia 1st prize

1995 Juried Exhibition Reese Bullen Gallery, Arcata, CA, USA



Latvian National Museum of Art. Riga, Latvia

State Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow, Russia

Estonian National Museum of Art. Tallinn, Estonia

The Parliament of the Republic of Latvia. Riga, Latvia

Private Museum. Münster, Germany

The Wurth Museum Collection. Germany

The Zuzan family collection. Riga, Latvia