Born in Switzerland to Dutch parents, Hoyte van Hoytema feels more connected to Sweden than any other country in the world. Currently a Swedish citizen, he lives and works in Sweden, having Swedish wife and daughter. He has worked as cinematographer in numerous films, documentaries and television productions and has won several awards for his contributions.
Claes Oldenburg is a Swedish-American sculptor recognized for his public art installations. Many of his artworks, which were co-designed by his wife Coosje van Bruggen until 2009, feature everyday objects. One of the most celebrated sculptors of his generation, Claes Oldenburg has been honored with many prestigious awards like the National Medal of Arts and the Wolf Prize in Arts.
Swedish artist Lars Vilks created a major controversy with one of his drawings that showed Prophet Muhammad's head set on a dog's body. Previously, his 2 sculptures, Nimis and Arx, set in the Kullaberg nature reserve, were attacked by vandals. He died in a traffic accident in southern Sweden.
For Moki Cherry, there was no strict boundary between design, art, drama and music. An interdisciplinary artist, she worked in all kinds of mediums, including textiles, woodworks, painting, and ceramics and at the same time excelled in set and costume designs, creatively collaborating with her husband, jazz musician Don Cherry, drawing inspiration from Indian, Tibetan as well as folk arts.
Anders Zorn was a Swedish artist who achieved international success as an etcher, sculptor, and painter. One of Sweden's most important artists, Zorn's paintings currently adorn the National Museum of Fine Arts which is located in Stockholm. Apart from creating brilliant works of art, Zorn is also credited with establishing the Bellman Prize, which is a literature prize awarded yearly.
Swedish painter John Bauer, best known for his portraits of dense forests and fairy tale creatures, first gained fame with the release of his book Amongst Gnomes and Trolls. Part of the Romantic nationalistic movement, he was inspired by both the Italian Renaissance and Sami cultures. He died in a shipwreck.
Currently advisor of art and culture to the Swedish government, P. K. Mahanandia traveled from India to Sweden on a second-hand bicycle to be with the love of his life, whom he met while studying at College of Art, New Delhi. Today a Swedish citizen and an established artist, exhibition of his works have been held in major international cities.
Odd Nerdrum is a Norwegian painter whose figurative artwork is showcased in several museums worldwide. Regarded as one of the greatest contemporary classical figurative painters, Nerdrum is credited with initiating the Kitsch movement. His artwork has inspired several other artworks including a scene from the film The Cell and a dance piece titled The Oracle by Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard.
Part of the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century, Swedish painter Carl Larsson is best remembered for his iconic painting Midvinterblot, or Midwinter Sacrifice. Born to a poor casual laborer, he had a tough childhood and began working as an illustrator at age 18.
One of the pioneers of expressionism in Sweden, Sigrid Hjertén was the only female member of the artist group De Åtta. Initially a teacher of textile design, she later painted iconic works such as Atelierinteriör. She died of a failed lobotomy procedure to cure her schizophrenia.
Swedish figurative painter Alice Herbst is best remembered for her depictions of elite and beautiful women in a vintage fashion. A former model and Sweden's Next Top Model winner, she gave up her modeling career out of a dislike for the lack of ethics in the industry.
While Evert Taube was initially a sailor, he also worked as a railroad worker, a tram conductor, and a journalist. He later made a successful career as a singer and soared to fame with tracks such as Calle Schewens Vals. He is now regarded as one of the best Swedish troubadours.
Swedish painter Prince Eugen, Duke of Narke was the youngest son of Prince Oscar, Duke of Östergötland. Though he initially didn’t aspire to become a painter, he later became one of the finest landscape painters of his time. He was homosexual, but his orientation was not known to the general public.
Kristoffer Zetterstrand is a Swedish surreal artist whose paintings are based on scenography sculpted in 3D applications and virtual still lifes. In 2012, he was honored with the prestigious Marianne & Sigvard Bernadotte Art Award. Kristoffer Zetterstrand is perhaps best known for his mosaic The Medical Landscape which earned him the Stora Kakelpriset in 2013.
Swedish artist and printmaker Julius Kronberg was known for his use of themes from mythology and Shakespeare’s works in his paintings. His works adorn the Stockholm Palace, the Royal Dramatic Theatre, and the Adolf Fredrik Church, among others. He suffered from cancer in his final years.