Aka Johann Walter-Kurau.
Born on February 3, 1869 in Jelgava (Latvia), died on December 19, 1932 in Berlin. Painter. Education in drawing under K. Wiesner at Jelgava Technical School (1880-1888) and J. Dering's studio. Professional training in violin play. Studies were continued at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts (1889-1894); in 1897 Valters was awarded the Painter's title. Participation in the activities of the Rukis group and exhibitions organized by the Mir iskusstva and Berlin Secession artists' groups. In Jelgava (1898-1906) he managed his own art studio. In 1906, he moved to Germany to begin his career under an assumed name of Johann Walter-Kurau in Dresden (1906-1917) and Berlin (1917-1932). One of the founders of the Latvian national school of painting. A delicate and sensitive colorist, Valters gave preference to oil in landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes.