Ilmārs Blumbergs (1943. - 2016.) can be considered as the most powerful representative of mythological thinking in Latvian art. He is always concerned with the subject of human being and the “unbearable fragility” of his/her existence experienced by everybody during the course of one’s life. Life and death are objects explored in Blumbergs’ art, including stage design, easel works, book illustrations and prints.

Ilmārs Blumbergs has participated in important art exhibitions around the world - in 2001 his film "Magic Flute" (director Viesturs Kairišs) presented Latvia in the 49th Venice Biennial, Blumbergs' artworks have been exhibited in the exhibiton "Baltic Time" both at Galerie im Taxipalais and Galerie des Landes in Insbruck / Austria (2002), as well as in the exhibition “Testimonio de la Fe” at Museo de la ciudad de Madrid in Spain (2002) ect. Important solo exhibitions of the artist were held in Germany (Lichthof des Auswartigen Amtes, Berlin), France (Orangerie du Senat - Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris), Norway (Vigelan Museum, Oslo).
In 2004 there was Ilmārs Blumbergs' solo exhibition "A Prayer for Seeing" at Oratorio San Ludovico in Venice which received the Great Prize of the Year 2004 of the Artists’ Union of Latvia.