|Lidija Auza "Self-Portrait 1964" private collection|
Lidija Auza (1914-1989) was born in Vitebsk, Belarus, of Latvian parentage. She studied at the Art Academy of Latvia, under the guidance of artist Jānis Liepiņš. Her graduating thesis piece was a scene from the ballet entitled "Ballet Rehearsal" and dance was a continuing theme in her work throughout her life. As well as continuing to paint, she worked as an art teacher, a designer and also an illustrator. She was a member of the Latvian Artists' Union, and exhibited frequently at galleries in Latvia.
|Aleksandra Beļcova "Portrait of Lidija Auza" 1957 Latvian National Museum of Art|
note: Each of these artists seems to have many different spellings for their name, obviously transliterations. While not a Cyrillic language, the Latvian standard alphabet consists of 33 letters, using 22 of the 26 latin letters, and adding in an additional 11 modified letters. So there is some inconsistency when translating into English. Latvian speakers should feel free to contact me with any suggestions/corrections.