Lars Widenfalk

Sweden

Lars Widenfalk is a Swedish artist who works as a sculptor, alternately in Sweden, the Czech Republic and Italy. He is considered one of those who have renewed figurative expression in the Nordic sculpture. He works with many materials, from bronze to snow and ice. But the stone - usually marble and granite - has been his main material. In recent years, often in combination with glass which he discovered thanks to his wife - Czech artist Alena Matejka.

He studied Archeology and Art History at the Uppsala University, Sweden. Later, a study at the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo (1982–85) focusing on the three dimensionality work. The reason why he chose Oslo was a desire to work with figurative sculptures.

His imagery is figurative, and the early works were often realistic and figurative. But this has changed to sculptures with symbolic and soulish expression. Many of his works is around the theme of place and people.

One of his major works are the black violin, Blackbird, made from stone after drawings by Antonio Stradivari but with some technical adjustments in order to play. The violin is made of diabase (dolerite), a rock that was left over from his grandfather's tombstone
after making a new one for the whole family. Thinnest the stone is just 2.5 mm thick. It took two years to make the violin.

He has had numerous exhibitions, most in Sweden, but several abroad, mainly in Norway, Denmark, Czech Republic and Italy. Lars Widenfalk is represented in various collections, including the Swedish State Art Council, Göteborgs Art museum, Sundsvalls Museum and House of Parliament in Sweden. Also Norwegian Arts Council and Contemporary Modern Museum in Norway.

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