Maris Platais was born in Latvia and has lived in New England since 1949. He is a graduate of Tufts University and The Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where he later taught drawing for many years. Currently, he gives private lessons.
He is a member of The Guild of Boston Artists where he has had several one-man shows. He has won four Awards for Excellence at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT and four Honors Awards from The Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA. He is a Signature Member of The American Society of Marine Painters(ASMA) and he is a Past President of The Concord Art Association, Concord, MA.
Maris is well known for his acrylics on canvas, pen & 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.
He has seen service in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Atlantic and the Pacific, has crewed on the Friendship of Salem, Schooner America II, and sailed his sloop Quill on the Maine coast. Just recently he had a solo exhibit in his native Latvia in 2015.