Nils G. Stenqvist

Nils G. Stenqvist © Photo: No WaIT AB

“Nils G Stenqvist´s elements of form are always linked to nature itself not infrequently as experienced through a hand lens, a light microscope or an electron microscope. His world of form is rich but in his art one basic shape occurs frequently, that of an amoeba. A cell with its nucleus: the eye, brain and heart all in one. But this fundamental shape of his is as variable as that of the amoeban cell.”

“Nils G. Stenqvist´s art shows us the encounter between forces, from those regulating the original shape to those volcanic forces which cause tremors in the planet Earth. He has never lost his surprise and delight at the beauty of small and insignificant things. He has written: “Often I start with a rather small and insignificant piece of nature that I simplify and change during my work- in the hope of being surprised.”

He is also astonished by the similarity between Microcosm and Macrocosm. Unless we are told otherwise some of his “strangely grown rods” can bear a great resemblance to chromosomes. The surface of a brain coral can suggest a dance macabre or a virus pattern or the surface of a foreign planet seen through a telescope, depending on the viewer´s frames of reference.”

Parts of an introductory text to the exhibition at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1983) Sven Laufeld, Fil. Dr., First State Geologist Geological Survey of Sweden


Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

The chairman of NUNSKU ; The Committee for Contemporary Swedish Art Abroad.

The IX-group was formed.

Assistant teacher at The Royal University College of Fine arts, Stockholm, Sweden

Printer, assistant teacher at The Royal University College of Fine arts, Stockholm, Sweden

Studied at Royal College of Art, London, UK

Studied at The Royal University College of Fine arts, Stockholm

Selected Solo Exhibitions in Sweden

“Signs of Life”, Grafikens hus, Mariefred

Galleri Odvalds, Gotland

“Spår av liv”, Haninge konsthall (presentation in Swedish)

Galleri Olefjord Simrishamn
Gröna paletten, Stockholm

Enköpings Art Hall
Xylon Ronneby

Konstnärshuset, Stockholm
Tomarps Kungsgård
Galleri Astley, Uttersberg
Visby Museum of Art

Gula Rummet, Stuvsta

Gröna Paletten, Stockholm

Galleri Udengaard, Malmö
Galleri Gaia, Stockholm

Galleri Thommesen, Göteborg (Gothenburg)
Galleri Bergman, Stockholm
Galleri Astley, Uttersberg

Galleri Christina Höglund, Stockholm

Galleri Dr Glas, Stockholm
Nordic Light, Stockholm

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm

Selected Solo Exhibitions Abroad

Travemünde, Germany

Bradford, UK

Lübeck, Germany

Minneapolis, U.S.A.

Marburg, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

Nils G. Stenqvist has taken part in group exhibitions in all of the Nordic countries, many of the European countries, Russia, USA, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Selected Public Commissions

The library at the university of Linköping, Sweden
The Academy of Ballet, Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden

Selected prices

First price Xylon V (price in woodcut, Genéve, Switzerland) 1970.
First price in the biennial of graphics, Bradford 1972.

Selected Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, Sweden
Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden
British Museum, UK
Stafford College of Art, Uk
Art Museum, Lübeck, Germany
Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden, Germany
Art Museum in Krakow, Poland
Salvador Allende Museum, Chile

Selected Publications

Gillmore, Pat
Modern Prints, Studio Vista London, 1970

Webster, Lynn
A brief history of printmaking in Sweden. Svenska Institutet Stockholm 1978.

Artist of the Quarter – Enjoy Scandinavian Art