Justinas Vienožinskis

Justinas Vienožinskis was a painter, teacher, organiser of the artistic life and art critic. He was born on 29 June 1886 in Mataučizna village, Rokiškis district. In 1903–1904 he attended Yukhnevich‘s studio in Moscow. In 1908–1914 he studied at the Cracow Academy of Art under T. Axentowich, W. Weiss, J. Pankiewicz and F. Cynk. While still a student he visited many European countries. In 1912 he began to participate in exhibitions. In 1920 he established the High Courses of Drawing, which in 1922 was reorganised into the Kaunas School of Art. He headed the School until 1924. After the 1929 pupils’ strike he was dismissed. In 1930–1932 he established his private painting studio. In 1935 he returned to lecture at the Kaunas School of Art. He was one of the organisers of the Lithuanian Artists’ Association and its first chairman (1935–1936). He was a lecturer and professor of the Vilnius Academy of Art (1940–1943) and the Vilnius Institute of Art (1944– 1946). He died on 29 July 1960 in Vilnius.

Reference: Art album  The World of Landscapes (Volume I), Compiled by: N. Tumėnienė, D. Tarandaitė and J. Semenauskienė. Vilnius, LAWIN, 2010, P. 276.