Born in Stockholm, Sweden 1957. Lives and works in Stockholm.
Ernst Billgren is one of Swedens most well-known and appreciated artists; it is no exaggeration to claim that he is an institution within the Swedish art world. His art explores different techniques and media, he works in a variety of media: painting, sculpture, mosaic, photography, film and set design, architecture, and literature. Billgren attended the Valand Art Academy in Gothenburg during the 1980s and was later appointed professor. He has also taught at a number of art schools in Scandinavia and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. He has had numerous solo shows both in Sweden and abroad and he is represented at, among others, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Kiasma, Helsinki; Museet for samtidskunst, Oslo and Malmö Konsthall.
In the rich imagery of Ernst Billgren historic and art historic references work together with mythology and drama. Constantly present is also the humorous and sharp criticism of society. Billgren paints what we are often used to find in traditional paintings, nature and animals, but the result is often that the viewer starts to question his and hers opinions and ideas. For some, Billgren's art has been described as "kitsch" and "art for the masses", but by freely mixing that what may be called for "good" or "bad taste" he challenges narrow opinions not only on art, but also on life and the world we live in.