Janis Karlis Sternbergs was born in Liepaja, Latvia on February 19, 1900.
He studied at the Art Academy in Riga and studied engraving with Ferdinand Schirnböck in Vienna. Afterwards he travelled and worked throughout Russia, Germany and England and then he returned to Riga.
From the late 1920s we find his name mentioned in the stamp catalogiues of Latvia, though solely as a designer, with the bulk of Latvia’s stamps printed in lithography.
However, Sternberg did get to engrave two stamps: the 10s and 20s values of Latvia’s 1938 set marking the 20th anniversary of its independence. The set comprises several Latvian landscape scenes, but the two stamps by Sternbergs show portraits, of General Balodis and president Ulmanis, respectively.
Sternbergs attended the Special Army Education Center in Nurenberg, Germany between 1945 and 1949. He came to the University of Kentucky in 1949 and taught at Kentucky State College in Frankfort KY between 1964 and 1967.
Janis Sternbergs died in June of 1981 in Dallas, Texas.
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