Richard Kaljo (1914 – 1978)

Richard Yanovich Kaljo is a Soviet graphic artist from the Estonian SSR. He made his first drawing in 1939. In his works, one can feel the influence of the famous Soviet and Estonian graphic artist Arcadio Laigo.
Cultural scientists divide the works of Richard Kaglio into two periods: from 1939 to 1945 and from 1945 until his death. The first period is characterized by the search for oneself. In the bookplates one can feel the instability and the constant influence of authoritative charts of that time.
The second period is called the dawn of Richard Callo. Bookplates have become simpler in plot, but all innovative. The complex composition and stroke painting still surprises many Western graphic art collectors.
The best examples of the golden era of Richard Kaljo were the signs of Olav Männi, Anti Lepik, Grandmaster Keres.
In addition, R. Kaglio worked with children’s graphic bookplates. For example, the sign for Livia Ora.
R. Callo is noticeably distinguished by a lively narrative, vivid images, small characteristics and bold compositional solutions. Pirom drawings, woodcuts and linocuts by the artist are still valued today.
Online sale of paintings by an Estonian artist is presented in the Riosart gallery.