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Famous Artists from Sweden

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List of the most popular artists from Sweden, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Swedish artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Swedish artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different artists, like Olaf Bjorkman and J. Tobias Anderson.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Sweden?" and "Who are the most well-known Swedish artists?"

For further information on these historic Swedish artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Swedish artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.



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    August Strindberg
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    Johan August Strindberg was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. A prolific writer who often drew directly on his personal experience, Strindberg's career spanned four decades, during which time he wrote over 60 plays and more than 30 works of fiction, autobiography, history, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Sweden, Stockholm County, Eurasia, Stockholm, Stockholm Municipality
    • Nationality: Sweden
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Annika Aschberg

    Annika Aschberg is an actress.more

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    • Birthplace: Österhaninge, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden
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    Bengt Nordenberg

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    Bengt Nordenberg
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    Bengt Nordenberg was a Swedish artist who belonged to the Düsseldorf school of painting. He is best known for his genre paintings with everyday life scenes from the Dalarna, Skåne and Blekinge areas of Sweden. However, he moved to Düsseldorf, Germany in the 1850s, working with other painters. Nordenberg ...more

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    • Birthplace: Jämshög, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Marcus Larson

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    Marcus Larson
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    Simeon Marcus Larson was a Swedish landscape painter from Åtvidaberg, Östergötland. He has been recognized as "one of Sweden's foremost 19th-century painters" and labeled as "the most outstanding of the Swedish Düsseldorf painters." His paintings were known for being dramatic and primarily depicted ...more

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    • Birthplace: Åtvidaberg, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden
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    Peter Weiss
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    Peter Weiss was a writer, painter, graphic artist and filmmaker.more

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    • Birthplace: Babelsberg, Eurasia, Germany
    • Nationality: Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany
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    Claes Oldenburg
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    Claes Oldenburg is an American sculptor, best known for his public art installations typically featuring very large replicas of everyday objects. Another theme in his work is soft sculpture versions of everyday objects. Many of his works were made in collaboration with his wife, Coosje van Bruggen, who ...more

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    • Birthplace: Sweden, Stockholm County, Eurasia, Stockholm, Stockholm Municipality
    • Nationality: Sweden, United States of America
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Caroline af Ugglas
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    Caroline Thérese af Ugglas Liljedahl is a Swedish singer, artist and chorister. Af Ugglas created the format for a televised choir contest, which was picked up by NBC in the United States as the show Clash of the Choirs, and by the Seven Network in Australia as Battle of the Choirs.more

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    • Birthplace: Bromma, Stockholm, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden
    • Art Forms: Mixed media
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    Per Hüttner
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    Per Hüttner is a Swedish visual artist who lives and works in Paris, France. He graduated from Konsthögskolan in Stockholm 1993. He also studied at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin 1991-1992. He is mostly known for his photographic work and for his interactive, changing and travelling exhibition ...more

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    • Birthplace: Oskarshamn, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden, France, United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Photography, Installation art, Drawing
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    Beata Margareta Kristina Söderbaum was a Swedish-born German film actress, producer, and photographer. She is most known for her roles in Nazi-era films.more

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    • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden, Germany
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    Anders Zorn
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    Anders Leonard Zorn was one of Sweden’s foremost artists. He obtained international success as a painter, sculptor and printmaker in etching.more

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    • Birthplace: Mora, Mora Municipality, Sweden, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking
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    Lennart Nilsson is a Swedish photographer and scientist. He is noted for his photographs of in vivo human embryos and other medical subjects once considered unphotographable, and more generally for his extreme macro photography. He is also considered to be among Sweden’s first modern photojournalists.more

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    • Birthplace: Sweden, Södermanland, Eurasia, Södermanland County, Strängnäs, + more
    • Nationality: Sweden
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    August Jernberg

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    August Jernberg
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    August Jernberg was a Swedish artist who emigrated to Germany. He was mainly painter of portraits in his early years; he also painted historical and biblical pictures. In the 1860s he became a genre and landscape painter. He studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm 1843-1846 and then ...more

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    • Birthplace: Gävle, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden, Germany
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Carl Larsson

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    Carl Larsson
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    Carl Larsson was a Swedish painter representative of the Arts and Crafts Movement. His many paintings include oils, watercolors, and frescoes. He considered his finest work to be Midvinterblot, a large painting now displayed inside the Swedish National Museum of Fine Arts.more

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    • Birthplace: Sweden, Eurasia, Gamla stan, Stockholm, Södermalm, + more
    • Nationality: Sweden
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Waldemar Sjölander

    Gustav Waldemar Sjölander Johnson was a Swedish painter, printmaker and sculptor, who developed most of his career in Mexico. He immigrated to the country just after World War II, after establishing himself as an artist in in his native Sweden. His career included individual exhibitions in venues such ...more

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    • Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden, Mexico
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    Folke Heybroek

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    Folke Heybroek
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    Folke Heybroek was a Dutch expressionist artist, monumental sculptor, illustrator, textile designer and stained-glass designer who spent his professional life in Sweden where his monumental works decorate more than 70 public spaces, churches and schools. Both he and his wife, Brita Horn-Heybroek, were ...more

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    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Nationality: Netherlands, Sweden
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    John Bauer
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    John Albert Bauer was a Swedish painter and illustrator. His work is concerned with landscape and mythology, but he also composed portraits. He is best known for his illustrations of early editions of Bland tomtar och troll, an anthology of Swedish folklore and fairy tales. Bauer was born and raised in ...more

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    • Birthplace: Jönköping, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Klara Lidén

    Klara Lidén is a contemporary artist. She currently lives and works in Berlin and New York City. Lidén is known for her installations and videos that respond to specific architectural environments.more

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    • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden
    • Art Forms: Installation art
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    Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller
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    Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller was a Swedish painter whose notable works include Danaë receiving Jupiter in a Shower of Gold. Wertmüller was born in Stockholm and studied art at home before moving to Paris in 1772 to study under his cousin Alexander Roslin and French painter Joseph-Marie Vien. On July 30, 1784, ...more

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    • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Sigrid Hjertén

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    Sigrid Hjertén
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    Sigrid Hjertén, was a Swedish modernist painter. Hjertén is considered a major figure in Swedish modernism. Periodically she was highly productive and participated in 106 exhibitions. She worked as an artist for 30 years before succumbing to complications from a lobotomy for schizophrenia.more

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    • Birthplace: Sundsvall, Sweden
    • Nationality: Sweden
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Annika Larsson is a contemporary artist living in Berlin. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm. Since the late 1990s, Annika has produced a body of work in video often consisting of men in highly-charged scenarios. Presented with a surface banality ...more

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    • Birthplace: Sweden, Stockholm County, Eurasia, Stockholm, Stockholm Municipality
    • Nationality: Sweden
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