Painter Zigmas Petravičius was born on 16 June 1862 in Ganyprova village near Kelmė. He finished Gymnasium in Warsaw and attended the Warsaw School of Art under Alexander Kaminski and Wojciech Gerson, and in 1887–1890 he studied batalistics at the St. Petersburg Academy of Art under Bogdan Willewalde and P. Chistiakov. After 1890, he refined his art at the Julian Academy in Paris. When back in St. Petersburg, he participated in the exhibitions of the Peredvizhniki (The Wanderers or The Itinerants) and the Academy. In 1895 he became a member of the St. Petersburg Artists Society. He spent about six years of his life in Palestine and Egypt. After the First World War he returned to Lithuania. From 1920 he lived in Telšiai and Šiauliai, and from 1936 in Kaunas, where he worked as an artist at the War Museum. He painted landscapes and battlerfield scenes. In 1940 he organised his personal exhibition in Kaunas. He died on 9 March 1955 in Kaunas.
Reference: Art album "The World of Landscapes" (Volume I). Compiled by N. Tumėnienė, D. Tarandaitė, J.Semenauskienė. Vilnius, LAWIN, 2010, P. 257.