”I draw, paint and sculpt, I bring emotions to form and light” - Per Elof Nilsson Ricklund
Per Elof Monke Nilsson Ricklund was born in 1987 in Örnsköldsvik, which is in the northern part of Sweden.
Drawing from young age, surrounded by paintings of vast mountain landscapes painted by his grandparents, fired his interest for conveying form and light and it's visual impact. Telling the silent story of people and the spaces in between them.
Always drawing he eventually realized that he had to go back to the roots of his impressions, nature. Sitting there with all it's answers. It makes him want to draw and to find the questions there.
In observing nature he found his source for material. With the help of experienced painters he learnt how to pick and chose from his impressions.
“Looking at the everyday beauty that's around us is what triggers and stimulates me”, says Per Elof, “I enjoy collecting the everyday poetry, it becomes part of my visual library. Which later I will bring out and apply when composing from my own feelings and thoughts.”
Per Elof is very happy to have found instructors who could teach him to organize his thoughts and learn the craft of painting. He feels very fortunate to have been introduced to Florence Academy of Art back in 2007, graduating in 2011 from the schools branch in Gothenburg.
“I was lucky to find instructors who could verbalize and demonstrate their ideas and skills. These individuals gave me fundamentals that will remain with me for the rest of my life. I feel that I'm obliged to pass this on. I feel everyone should be given the chance to see, learn the basics and explore their own vision.”
Thankful for the encouragement he received he willingly shares his thoughts and ideas.
“For me it is only fair to pay it forward, passing on what I've learnt and my own experiences with that, hopefully to help people see and connect with what it is they have around themselves.”
After some years in Florence as the Director of the Anatomy and Ecorche program. Per Elof currently resides in northern part of Sweden, exploring his native country with the tools and experiences he has gathered.
Since beginning at the Florence Academy of Art, Per Elof has received recognition, scholarships, honorable mentions and awards for his work around the world.