tefan Blöndal - well-known for his art work and paintings with their special insight and unique style, which assault and delight the senses (Quote: Thao Rose Nguyen) - was born 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Being a prize-winner at age 14 in a drawing competition organised by one of the major Danish newspapers, Stefan Blöndal began his artistic studies the same year, creating pencil, ink, and charcoal drawings at the drawing class of the famous art museum the New Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. Alongside, he received some basic instruction in the technique of oil painting by the painter Henrik Bloch.
At this early age, he had the good fortune to have his parents support and encouragement in his artistic development (his Father being a world-class cellist), enabling him to travel and do his own observations of the old masters work at some of the worlds best art museums such as the Prado in Madrid and the National Gallery in London.
During one of these trips Stefan Blöndal paid a personal visit to Salvador Dali on his 80th Birthday, May 11. 1984 at the medieval castle Púbol in Catalonia, where he presented Dali a cane as a gift, which he had made out of bronze, ebony, ivory, gold, pearls and a ruby. The handle was formed as a female centaur holding a royal orb and sceptre. The object was shown on Spanish television (see picture)
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At age 20, Stefan Blöndal met his future wife, Nina Kavtaradze, a celebrated Russian pianist from Moscow. She had significant influence as a model for and a critic of his works, and she was instrumental in changing Stefan´s art medium from black and white drawing to oilpainting.

The first public show of Stefan Blöndal´s paintings was held in 1987 at the renowned exhibition hall "Den Frie", (The Independent) in Copenhagen, where he exhibited as "guest artist" with the Scandinavian artists group "Den Nordiske" (The Nordic). With the same group he also exhibited at the Charlottenburg Castle in Berlin. Since then, he has exhibited extensively with solo exhibitions in most European countries. One of the more notable were in 1997 at the gallery Maison de l'Amerique Latine in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, which brought attention across the entire French Riviera and even to the Royal Palace (see details).

He has also been invited to participate at International Exhibitions, where he in France was awarded several times with prizes and medals (see list below)
Stefan Blöndal has been represented by fine art galleries in London, Hamburg and Copenhagen.

In the words of art critic Alexandra Anderson-Spivy: "This Danish artist has resolutely - and consistently - rejected the theoretical conventions of much contemporary art. He has, as they say, "marched to his own drummer"". 

 


Prizes and Awards:


Gold Medal “Stanislas” at International Exhibition, Nancy, France 
2. Prize at lnt. Exhibition, Nice 
Silver Medal at Int. Exhibition, Vittel, France 
Prize of the Public at Int. Exhibition, Nice 
Silver Medal at Int. Exhibition, Sarrebourg, France 
Villefranche-sur-Mer Medal at Int. Udstilling, St.-Jean Cap Ferrat, France 
Sculptor, professor Gottfred Eickhoff and wife the painter Gerda Eickhoffs Award 
The painter Henry Heerups Award
St. Paul de Vence Medal at Int. Exhibition, Nice 
Director J.P. Lund and wife Vilhelmine, born Bugges Award 
Coupe Art et Création at Int. Exhibition, Vittel, France 
Honorary Award, Johan M. Dæhnfeldt and wife Randi Dæhnfeldt´s Foundation 
2014, 2015 American Art Awards, 3rd Place

 

Solo exhibitions:


1988 Pilegården, Brønshøj, Copenhagen
1989 Kokkedal Castle, Brovst, Denmark
1991 Gallery Nybro, Copenhagen
1993 Gallery Gammel Strand, Copenhagen
1993 Ordrup Sognegård, Denmark
1993 Dragsholm Casrle, Denmark
1997 Maison de l’Amerique Latine de Monaco, Monte-Carlo
1999 Juhl-Sørensen, Steinway & Sons, Copenhagen
2000 Værket, Randers, Denmark
2001 Galllery Helth, Copenhagen
2002 Gustafs Gallery, Bommeryd, Sweden
2004 Gallery Helth, Copenhagen
2006 Gallery Helth, Copenhagen
2011 Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Copenhagen
2016 Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Copenhagen


Group exhibitions:


1987 Den Frie (The Independant) with group of artists Den Nordiske (The Nordic), Copenhagen
1988 Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin
1989 Den Nordiske, Den Frie
1991 Sophienholm Castle, Lyngby, Copenhagen
1992 Herning Congress Centre
1993 Herning Congress Centre
1994 Xllème Salon International de Peinture et Sculpture de Vittel, France
1994 Grand Prix International d’Arts Plastiques de la Ville de Nice et de la Région Provence – Alpes – Côte d´Azur, France
1994 Xème Salon International de Peinture et Sculpture de Nancy, France
1995 Galleri Art of Fée, Hamburg
1995 Grand Salon International Prestige de l’Art, St. – Jean Cap Ferrat, France
1995 Grand Prix International d’Arts Plastiques, Nice
1995 Grand Salon International Prestige de I’Europe, Nice
1996 Grand Salon International Prestige de l’Art – Prestige de I’Europe, Nice
1998 Marienlyst International Contemporary Art Gallery, Helsingør, Denmark
1998 Vlllème Salon International de Peinture et Sculpture de Sarrebourg, France
1998 Marienlyst International Contemporary Art Gallery, Helsingør
1998 XVème Salon International de Peinture et Sculpture de Vittel, France
2000 Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates
2000 The Bloxham Galleries, London
2001 The Bloxham Galleries, London
2001 Tøjhuset, Randers, Denmark
2002 Kultur- og musikhuset Smedeværkstedet, Varde, Denmark
2002 Art fair at the Forum, Copenhagen
2005 Salon “Art du Nu”, Espace Champerret, Paris
2007 Art fair “Art Herning”
2009 Art fair “Art Herning”
2009 Troubadour Art Gallery, Manchester, England
2012 Gallery G3, Odsherred, Denmark

Supplementary information

Stefan:

 Name of greek origin - Stephanos - meaning a crown or garland.

Blöndal:

Iceland´s shield of arms

Icelandic familyname, which origins from the valley Blöndudalur in Húnavatnssýsla in Northern Iceland.

 

 

Other artists in the family:

 

The Icelandic painter Gunnlaugur Blöndal (1893-1962) (Grandmother´s Cousin).

Stefan Blöndal´s Father was the cellist Erling Blöndal Bengtsson (1932 - 2013).

Brother: the jeweller Henrik Bløndal Bengtsson.

Princely support:

Monaco´s shield of arms

In 1997 Stefan Blöndal had a solo-exhibition in Monte-Carlo. Before the opening there was sent posters for advertising the exhibition with a reproduction of the painting "Ma femme", but the gallery did not accept the poster, as they found it too indecent. The help came from an unexpected source: HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco expressed to the gallery his unreserved enthusiasm towards the painting and told that everyone in the Palace have had much fun seeing it. The posters were saved and immediately put into use all over the French Riviera.
Art collection:

The Rothschild family´s shield af arms

The painting "Ma femme" was shortly after bought by a member of the famous banker family Rothschild. 

Incident: In 1998, two of Stefan Blöndal´s paintings - "Lioness of the Piano" and "Michelangeli" - were stolen after having been exhibited at an international Salon in France, where they had been prize-awarded. They were later found in Sweden.
Commission: Stefan Blöndal has decorated a theatre in Copenhagen with 12 paintings in the style of trompe l'oeil, giving illusion of niches with antique Venus statues.

Hobby:

Stefan Blöndal is an active falconer. During his teens he even got an education in this art in England. He has had Peregrine falcons and latest a Mongolian Saker falcon with which he flies at a natural reserve - Amager Fælled - in Copenhagen. With this falcon, Sayana, he has been much in focus by the Danish media.

Ancestors:  Picture Gallery from past centuries.

 

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