Born in Stockholm in 1958 of Latvian parents. Since early years fascinated
by light and its effect on photographic materials. He is autodidact.
Through the eighties he worked as a teacher of photography, at the same
time as he was pursuing his own advanced studies. His interest was focused
on traditional black and white fine printing and on early photographic
processes. In the nineties he turned his camera to architecture, design
and the visual arts as well as the performing arts, especially contemporary
Sviestins has presented solo exhibitions in Stockholm and throughout
Sweden, in Hong Kong, Moscow and in Chiang Mai. His has been invited
to group exhibitions shown in Sweden, Finland and Russia and he has
done several books on contemporary dance, art and architecture. Among them STOCKHOLM TOWN
HALL, for which Ivar Sviestins and the book received six grants and
awards, in Sweden and internationally.
Through the years Ivar has received numerous grants from
the Swedish Art Grants Committee and other institution.
He is an appreciated teacher and lecturer.
Ivar continually explores and lectures on different themes: the photographic craft, lighting and communication as such and connected to personal development. Other themes are life/death, time/impermanence, empathy and the human spirit.