Birgitta Steen

Painter, Photographer, Writer, 1942, Hundested, Swedish/Danish

Birgitta Steen started her career as an apprentice photographer in a film studio, but left Sweden in 1959, being driven by a curiosity and need to explore the world. She has lived in various countries, always searching for different ways of expressing herself in her artistic work. Birgitta has studied at art schools in Paris, France, Boston and San Francisco, USA and then finally five years in Konstfack, Stockholm. Since 1987 she has been teaching at an art college and holding art courses throughout Europe. Drawn by the Mediterranean light, she moved to Spain in 2002-06 where she painted the black/white suite 1940. Her artwork includes oil and acrylic paintings, photography, art installations and sculptures. She is also the author, photographer and illustrator of ten books.

Art has always been central to Birgitta Steen's life. A creative life never gets boring. Art has been for comfort and joy, given Steen power and energy, income-generating, wherever she have been on the planet and given her an independent life without age restrictions. Today she is privileged and have the benefit of freely visualizing and launching my thoughts and ideas and being allowed to experiment instead of producing. She tries all kinds of shapes and materials, plastic, styrofoam, wood, metal and all the junk in the world.

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