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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. You might also be interested in famous artists from Norway and famous artists from Denmark. 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 August Strindberg and Marcus Larson.

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.

  • August Strindberg

    Sunset over the Sea, Coastal Landscape II

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden


    Art FormsPainting

    Johan August Strindberg (; Swedish: [ˈoːɡɵst ²strɪnːdbærj] (listen); 22 January 1849 – 14 May 1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. A prolific writer who often drew...  more

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  • Bengt Nordenberg

    Dead Stag

    BirthplaceJämshög, Sweden


    Art FormsPainting

    Bengt Nordenberg (April 22, 1822 – December 18, 1902) was a Swedish artist. He belonged to the Düsseldorf school of painting and is best known for his genre paintings with everyday life scenes from...  more
  • Marcus Larson

    Vattenfall i Småland

    BirthplaceÅtvidaberg, Sweden


    Simeon Marcus Larson (5 January 1825 – 25 January 1864) was a Swedish landscape painter from Åtvidaberg, Östergötland. He has been recognized as "one of Sweden's foremost 19th-century painters" and...  more
  • Peter Ulrich Weiss (8 November 1916 – 10 May 1982) was a German writer, painter, graphic artist, and experimental filmmaker of adopted Swedish nationality. He is particularly known for his plays...  more
  • Claes Oldenburg

    Moon Museum, Chiat/Day Office Building

    BirthplaceStockholm, Sweden

    NationalitySweden, United States of America

    Art FormsSculpture

    Claes Oldenburg (born January 28, 1929) is an American sculptor, best known for his public art installations typically featuring large replicas of everyday objects. Another theme in his work is soft...  more
  • Caroline af Ugglas


    BirthplaceBromma, Stockholm, Sweden


    Art FormsMixed media

    Caroline Thérese af Ugglas Liljedahl (born 7 April 1972) 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...  more
  • 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...  more
  • Beata Margareta Kristina Söderbaum (5 September 1912 – 12 February 2001) was a Swedish-born German film actress, producer, and photographer. She is most known for her roles in National Socialist...  more
  • Lennart Nilsson

    1996 World Press Photo Award for Science & Technology winning portfolio, The winning sperm

    BirthplaceSträngnäs, Sweden


    Lennart Nilsson (24 August 1922 – 28 January 2017) was a Swedish photographer and scientist. He was noted for his photographs of human embryos and other medical subjects once considered...  more
  • August Jernberg

    August Jernberg (16 September 1826 – 22 June 1896) was a Swedish artist. He was a member of the Düsseldorf school of painting....  more
  • Carl Larsson

    Gustav Vasas intåg i Stockholm 1523, Midvinterblot

    BirthplaceGamla stan, Stockholm, Sweden


    Art FormsPainting

    Carl Olof Larsson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈkɑːɭ ˈlɑːʂɔn] (listen); 28 May 1853 – 22 January 1919) was a Swedish painter representative of the Arts and Crafts movement. His many paintings include...  more
  • Folke Heybroek

    Folke Heybroek (1913–1983) was a Dutch expressionist artist, monumental sculptor, illustrator, textile designer and stained-glass designer who spent his professional life in Sweden where his...  more
  • John Bauer

    Among Gnomes and Trolls, Den helige Martin

    BirthplaceJönköping, Sweden


    Art FormsPainting

    John Bauer may refer to: John Bauer (illustrator) (1882–1918), Swedish painter and illustrator John Bauer (potter), South African ceramicist and artist John Bauer (American painter), artist based in...  more
  • Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller (February 18, 1751 — October 5, 1811) was a Swedish painter whose notable works include Danaë receiving Jupiter in a Shower of Gold. Wertmüller was born in Stockholm and...  more
  • Sigrid Hjertén

    Sigrid Hjertén (27 October 1885 – 24 March 1948), was a Swedish modernist painter. Hjertén is considered a major figure in Swedish modernism. Periodically she was highly productive and participated...  more
  • Annika Larsson is a contemporary artist. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm.In an interview with the Independent newspaper she said, "a...  more
  • Bruno Liljefors

    Weasel with Chaffinch, Partridge with Daisies

    BirthplaceUppsala, Sweden


    Art FormsPainting

    Bruno Andreas Liljefors (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈbrʉːnʊ ²lɪlːjɛˌfɔʂ] (listen); 14 May 1860 – 18 December 1939) was a Swedish artist. He is perhaps best known for his nature and animal motifs,...  more
  • Oscar Reutersvärd

    Oscar Reutersvärd (29 November 1915 – 2 February 2002) was a Swedish graphic artist, who in 1934 pioneered the art of 3D drawings that may initially appear feasible, yet cannot be physically...  more
  • Victor Hasselblad

    Victor Hasselblad (8 March 1906 – 5 August 1978) was a Swedish inventor and photographer, known for inventing the Hasselblad 6x6 cm medium format camera....  more
  • Carl Gustaf Hellqvist

    Valdemar Atterdag holding Visby to ransom, 1361

    BirthplaceKungsör, Sweden


    Art FormsPainting

    Carl Gustaf Hellqvist (15 December 1851 – 19 November 1890) was one of Sweden's most popular historical painters in the 19th century....  more
  • Ernst Josephson

    Ernst Abraham Josephson (1851-1906) was a Swedish painter and poet. He specialized in portraits, genre scenes of folklife and folklore....  more
  • Kristian Wåhlin (born 1971 in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a Swedish musician, graphic designer, and album cover artist for many bands in the extreme metal scene worldwide. He is often credited under his...  more
  • Carl Milles

    Angel, The Small Triton Fountain

    BirthplaceKnivsta, Sweden


    Carl Milles (Swedish pronunciation: [kɑːɭ ²mɪlːɛs] (listen); 23 June 1875 – 19 September 1955) was a Swedish sculptor. He was married to artist Olga Milles and brother to Ruth Milles and half...  more
  • August Malmström

    Johan August Malmström (14 October 1829 – 18 October 1901) was a Swedish painter. As an artist, he was known for his country motives often featuring children. His most widely recognized work is...  more