Maris Platais was born in Latvia and has lived in New England since 1949. He is well known for his acrylics on canvas, pen and ink drawings and limited-edition etchings of New England landscapes and boats. Many of his fine works depict Kennebec, Maine, and the magnificent trees that surround his studio near Concord, Massachusetts. He paints on location in every season, but the blazing colors of his autumn scenes are treasures.
Platais is a graduate of Tufts University and the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where he later became a member of the faculty. He lectures and demonstrates to art associations throughout the Northeast. He is a member of The Guild of Boston Artists where has has had several one-man shows. He has received several awards for excellence in the Maritime Gallery’s International Marine Art exhibition and in the Top 100 Competition, Arts for the Parks, Jackson Hold, Wyoming. In 1996 and 1997, he received the Honors Award in Graphics from The Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA. The American Society of Marine Painters has awarded him membership and he is a past president of The Concord Art Association, Concord, MA.