Born 1931 in Västerås, Sweden. Deceased 2012 in Sollentuna, Sweden.
Cadmium yellow and coelin blue. Emerald green and murky red. Or when madder lake meets gray. With unmixed color on the brush, strokes are dispensed as thrusts from a sword. A dance or a sword-play, registered in the form of footprints across the canvas imagery. In Erland Cullberg’s painting, art history is constantly present. Not only through tones and hues, but also in subject and iconography. Hill, Josephson and Kylberg. Kentridge or Basquiat. Perhaps, above all, El Greco. But these colleagues were never present when the sword sounded in Cullberg’s studio. There the landscapes sing with Cullberg’s peculiar charge. There, drawn with gentle lines, the divine and the profane are closely linked with nature as resonance bottom.
Erland Cullberg studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm (1957) and Valand art school (1956). Shortly after completing his studies Cullberg made his debut in a solo exhibition at the literature and art salon At Petra, in Stockholm 1961. Then, with some exceptions, annual exhibitions followed at institutions and galleries. In 1986 Cullberg received great acclaim when his work was exhibited at a large scale at Moderna Museet in Stockholm.