Prof., Dr. habil.art. Ojārs Spārītis
Member of the LAS EPPI Council President of the LAS
Prof. Ojārs Spārītis was born on 28 November 1955 at Priekule, Liepāja district. Prof. Ojārs Spārītis studied philology (1974-1979) at the University of Latvia, and history and theory of art (1981-1987) at the Latvian Academy of Art. In 1997, he was awarded doctor’s degree from the Latvian Academy of Art and a year later – earned the title of Dr.habil.art. Prof. Ojārs Spārītis is particularly interested in the Renaissance culture in Latvia and Europe, as well as in various aspects related to art and architecture, sacral culture and protection of cultural heritage. He has supervised restoration of several monuments of sacral culture in Latvia – the churches of Priekule, Straupe, Strutele, Annenieki, Liepupe and Vijciems, St.Peter’s Church in Riga and Resurrection Church at the Riga Great Cemetery. O.Spārītis has also participated in the reconstruction of several Latvian manor houses (Kukši Manor, Ķirbiži Manor). In 1997 assumed the post of chief supervisor of the reconstruction works of Riga Blackheads House.