Famous Danish Artists

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 1 Lili Elbe

Lili Elbe
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: December 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vejle, Denmark
Died: September 13, 1931
Danish painter Lili Elbe, a transgender woman, became one of the first to undergo a sex reassignment surgery. She passed away after a failed uterus transplant surgery. Her autobiography, Man into Woman: An Authentic Record of a Change of Sex, was released posthumously. She inspired the novel The Danish Girl.

 2 Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson
Famous As: Artist known for sculptured and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer's experience
Birthdate: February 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Olafur Eliasson is an Icelandic-Danish artist. He is famous for his sculptured and large-scale installation art. He established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin in 1995 and co-founded Studio Other Spaces in 2014. He represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. He was a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts for many years. 

 3 Torben Ulrich

Torben Ulrich
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark

Torben Ulrich is a Danish former professional tennis player turned writer, musician, and filmmaker. As a tennis player, he was the top-ranked senior player in the world in the mid-1970s. He became a writer after retirement and primarily wrote on music, film, athletics, and culture. He eventually founded a New Orleans-type jazz band and made films as well. 

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 4 Emil Nolde

Emil Nolde
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Duchy of Schleswig
Died: April 13, 1956

German-Danish painter, watercolourist and printmaker Emil Nolde is counted among the first Expressionists and oil painting and watercolour painters of the early 20th-century who explored colour. He was a Die Brücke member and is noted for his expressive choice of colours, his brushwork, and his violent religious works. Notable works of Nolde include Lesende junge Frau and Blumen und Wolken.

 5 Bertel Thorvaldsen

Bertel Thorvaldsen
Famous As: Former Sculptor
Birthdate: November 19, 1770
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 24, 1844

Bertel Thorvaldsen was a Danish sculptor and medallist. He was internationally famous and spent most of his life in Italy. He received his training at the Royal Danish Academy of Art and initially worked with his father, a woodcarver. He went on to become a famous sculptor and worked in a heroic neo-classicist style. He received many awards. 

 6 Vilhelm Hammershøi

Vilhelm Hammershøi
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 15, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: February 13, 1916

Vilhelm Hammershøi was a Danish painter best known for his poetic and subdued portraits. He studied painting with prominent landscape painters Vilhelm Kyhn and Frederik Vermehren at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He then debuted in the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in 1885 and proceeded to build an illustrious career in art. His wife, Ida, was his muse.

 7 Asger Jorn

Asger Jorn
Famous As: Painter, Sculptor, Writer
Birthdate: March 3, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vejrum
Died: May 1, 1973

Asger Jorn was a Danish painter, sculptor, and ceramic artist. The son of two teachers, he was also expected to become one. He enrolled in the Vinthers Seminarium, a teacher-training college, due to family pressure and later chose to become a painter. He produced over 2,500 paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, and sculptures in his artistic career.  

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 8 Anna Ancher

Anna Ancher
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 18, 1859
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Skagen, Denmark
Died: April 15, 1935

Anna Ancher was a Danish artist whose paintings depicted the everyday lives of fishermen, children, and women. Widely regarded as one of the greatest visual artists of Denmark, Anna Ancher was honored with several awards, such as the Ingenio et Arti medal and Tagea Brandt Rejselegat. She was also depicted on the DKK1000 banknote.

 9 Michael Ancher

Michael Ancher
Famous As: Former realist artist
Birthdate: June 9, 1849
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bornholm, Denmark
Died: September 19, 1927

Michael Ancher was a Danish realist artist best remembered for his portrayal of fishermen, lakes, and scenes from the fishing community in Skagen. In 1889, he was honored with the prestigious Eckersberg Medal. Today, many of Michael Ancher's paintings are preserved at the National Gallery of Denmark, Skagens Museum, and Ribe Art Museum.

 10 Danh Vo

Danh Vo
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Ba Ria, Vietnam

Danh Vo is a Danish contemporary artist who lives and works in Mexico City and Berlin. In 2012, he was honored with the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize. His works are often displayed in places like the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

 11 Paul Gustav Fischer

Paul Gustav Fischer
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 22, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: May 1, 1934

Paul Gustav Fischer was a Danish painter best remembered for his depiction of popular cities like Copenhagen. Although his paintings were not critically acclaimed during his lifetime, Fischer's art sold well and he exhibited his artworks frequently.

 12 Nicolai Abildgaard

Nicolai Abildgaard
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 11, 1743
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: June 4, 1809

Nicolai Abildgaard was a Danish neoclassical sculptor, history painter, and architect. He also served as a professor of anatomy, mythology, and painting at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Abildgaard also served as a royal history painter and was commissioned by the Danish government to produce large monumental pieces to decorate the Knights' Room at Christiansborg Palace. 

 13 Holger Drachmann

Holger Drachmann
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 9, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 14, 1908

Holger Drachmann was a Danish poet, dramatist, and painter. Artistically inclined from a young age, he chose to pursue painting professionally. He also composed poems and staged semi-poetic performances. He focused on writing for many years before returning to art, often painting pictures of ships and the sea.  His relationship with multiple women made him a controversial figure. 

 14 Asmus Jacob Carstens

Asmus Jacob Carstens
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 10, 1754
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Schleswig, Germany
Died: May 25, 1798

Asmus Jacob Carstens was a Danish-German painter, counted among the most famous artists of German Neoclassicism. Apprenticed to a cooper (barrel-maker) for five years, he quit his apprenticeship to pursue painting. He had a difficult personality and his behavior was often erratic, which made it difficult for him to establish himself successfully despite being immensely talented. 

 15 Richard Mortensen

Richard Mortensen
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 6, 1993

Richard Mortensen was a Danish painter. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen and was heavily influenced by the works of the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky. He created works that reflected the violence of Europe during the Second World War. He later became a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art.

 16 Pia Arke

Pia Arke
Famous As: Remembered for her self-portraits and landscape photographs of Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
Birthdate: September 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
Died: April 30, 2007

Pia Arke was a Danish visual artist, photographer, and writer. She is best remembered for creating her own life-size camera obscura which she used to photograph the landscapes of Greenland. Pia Arke is often counted among the most prominent postcolonial critics of the Nordic region.

 17 Signe Hansen

Signe Hansen
Famous As: Digital Artist
Birthdate: April 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Denmark

Signe Hansen is a Danish digital artist and YouTuber. She achieved popularity after dating popular Irish YouTuber Seán William McLoughlin, better known as Jacksepticeye. They collaborated frequently and made popular YouTube videos before going their separate ways in 2018.