Bronius Murinas

(1906 - 1986)


Bronius Murinas was born in 1906 in Riga. During WWII he lived with his parents in Petrograd and Moscow. In 1918-1922 he studied in Linkuva gymnasium, in 1923-1928 – in the painting studio of Kaunas Art School (with Antanas Samuolis, Viktoras Vizgirda, Jonas Voicechavičius-Vaitys, Ignas Piščikas, Rimtas Kalpokas, etc.). In 1928, after graduation, he worked in Kaunas Teachers’ Seminary and Women's Art School. In 1932-1935 he received a scholarship of the Ministry of Education and went to Paris where he studied in Boolean Art School (Ecole Boulle). In 1935-1939 he worked as a teacher in Klaipeda and in 1939-1944 Vilnius Pedagogical Institute. He has written the following textbooks: "Drawing on the Board" (1936), "Drawing from the Child's Environment". In 1940-1944 he lived and worked in Germany, since 1949 – in USA, Chicago. He was a member of Lithuanian Artists' Association (1930), American Artists' Association and American-Lithuanian Artists' Association (1950), as well as its Chairman of the Board. Prior to retirement he worked for the Chicago Railways Company (painter, then - a draftsman, an interpreter). He died in 1986.
Bronius Murinas participated in exhibitions since 1936. He held more than 20 solo exhibitions - in Klaipeda (1936) Rottweiler (1948), Chicago M. K. Čiurlionis Gallery (1957, 1962, 1965, 1971, 1976, 1981), Detroit (1960), Boston (1968), Brooklyn (1972). He was exhibiting work in collective exhibitions in the USA and Europe. In 1954-1957 in USA Artists exhibition he won three first prizes and one second.


His works are characterised by post-impressionist style. Bronius Murinas was one of the best water-colourists, drawing mostly landscapes and still lifes. He has always been sensitive to the impressions, excited by the nature. His motives are unsophisticated, interpreted in his own way. Water-colour painting technique is free, bold; colours are contrasting, bright. Significant contrasts in tones emphasize the inner scene drama.
Works are owned by Lithuanian Art Museum, Šiauliai “Aušra” Museum, Chicago M. K. Čiurlionis gallery, Balzek Lithuanian Art Museum in Chicago, Museum of Lithuanian Culture in Lemont, etc.