Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund, “Two Sides of a Coin”, Oil on Canvas
Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund was born in 1987, in Örnsköldsvik, a small town in northern Sweden. Surrounded by vast mountains, also painted by his grandparents, and inspired by the magical atmosphere of the landscape and people around him, Per Elof began drawing at a young age. He became interested in conveying stories that were more than the visual experience he actually perceived. Discovering that his eyes weren’t sharp enough to recreate a convincing reality, he began searching for people who were willing to share their knowledge, first by studying illustration, and later the 19th century masters. It was then that he understood only in nature would he find a way to convey a story as truthfully as he perceived it.
He began his studies at The Florence Academy of Art in 2007, where he was awarded Best Figure Painting of the Year for 2010 and 2011, as well as Honorable mention for Advanced Portrait Painting in 2011. By his second year he began teaching Anatomy in Mölndal before moving to Florence to direct the Anatomy and Ecorché programs there.