Biography of Per Kirkeby
Per Kirkeby (born 1938 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a painter, sculptor, poet, and filmmaker often cited as Scandinavia’s most highly acclaimed living artist. Kirkeby first achieved widespread recognition alongside German artists Georg Baselitz and Sigmar Polke, as they revolutionized the traditional medium of painting. He has always maintained a strong connection with Germany having spent time in Berlin in the 80s on a DAAD scholarship, as well as holding esteemed teaching positions at the Karlsruhe Academy of Fine Arts and the Städelschule Academy in Frankfurt. Kirkeby specializes in large-scale, dynamic, and colorful paintings and rough black bronze sculptures. He is heavily influenced by nature, art history, and particularly, his Danish background and culture.
Per Kirkeby’s works have been exhibited at the Royal Museum of Fine Art, Copenhagen (1975); Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1982); Michael Werner Gallery, London (2008); and Julius Werner Gallery, Berlin (2009). Likewise his works are held by leading public collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Tate Gallery, London and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Notable awards include the Herbert-Boeckl-Preis award (2003); the Coutts Contemporary Art Foundation Award (1996); and the Henrik-Steffens-Award 1996. Kirkeby currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Laeso, and Arnasco.