Ivars was born in Latvia in 1939. After completing his secondary education Ivars took up architectural studies where the opportunity arose to express him self artistically so he would often produce small watercolor studies.
In 1964 Ivars turned professional and in 1967 held his first solo exhibition in Green Glades Gallery Melbourne, one of many successful exhibitions which were sold out within an hour of opening. Painting trips locally and interstate were very much a part of Ivars career. In 1969 he painted extensively in New Zealand and in 1972 traveled overseas to expand his knowledge in art. Leonard Fuller was Ivars teacher at the St Ives School of Painting. Ivars became interested in portraiture and figure work as a result of his studies. However the rugged beauty of the Cornish countryside tempted him to paint his surroundings. After seventeen months abroad studying painting and visiting Europe’s finest galleries Ivars and his family returned to Australia.
In 1988 Ivars launched his first book, Ivars Jansons Oils and Watercolors. Since that time Ivars has been published in many books, held successful exhibitions and received many prestigious awards as he continues his career as an artist. Ivars exhibits at Sorrento and Flinders Fine Art Galleries on the Mornington Peninsula.