Felix Randel (1901-1977)

Kalpin, Mark (born 1926). Forest Landscape. (1990)

Randel Felix studied at the Penza Art School from 1916 to 1918. After graduation, he worked as a writer, at the same moment he entered the Pallas Art School. Even without completing the basic course, he became one of the strongest students of his time.
During the period of art school, he played violin and flute in orchestras. Simultaneously with painting, he studied linocut.
From 1922 he worked as a drawing teacher in Väike-Maarja, where he got married. His son became a famous musician.
At the same time, he was fond of cubism, and in 1924 he joined the cubist-constructivist group of Estonian artists and even became its leader.
In 1925, he returned to teaching again and worked in the women’s and men’s gymnasiums of the Võrumaa Public Education Society.
Together with his friend, Eduard Ole, he went to Paris, where he became interested in caricature. According to him, he drew more than 6,000 cartoons.
In 1929 he returned to Tallinn and worked as a cartoonist and Päävele. At the same time, he became a designer and illustrator for the newspaper Päevalehte.
Since 1941 he went to the front, and after the war he worked as the chief artist in the House of Culture. I. Graves in Tallinn. Since 1946, he returned to caricature in the Pikker magazine, and then became the head of the design studio of the Consumer Art Center.
Randel Felix is known as an artist of dozens of styles. During his life he was a cubist, a modernist, an art deco, a formalist, a caricaturist. Thanks to his talent, he became one of the most productive artists.
His work is held by dozens of collectors around the world that you can join. The online sale of paintings by the Estonian artist has been launched at the Rios Art Gallery.