Raimonds Staprans is a painter of still life and landscape compositions exploring the architecture of natural and man made forms. Staprans has been loosely associated with Wayne Thiebaud yet his work contains a unique form and contour that abstracts life into basic form and quality. A truly artistic individual, Staprans is an accomplished playwright as well.
Raimonds Staprans immigrated with his family to America in 1947 after fleeing Latvia during soviet invasion. He studied art at the University of Washington under Alexander Archipenko and Mark Tobey; he obtained his master’s degree at UC Berkeley where he studied with Hans Hofmann. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the San Jose Museum of Art, to name a few.
Staprans recently had a retrospective exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art in early 2006.