Rolf Hanson is a key figure in Swedish art history and has been a painter per se his entire career since he began in the early 80s. His work is known by its great artistic freedom as he uses unquestionable technical skills as well as a thorough carefulness while acting out a respectful disrespect for the various stylistic traditions and conventions of traditional painting. Rolf Hanson possesses an incomparable feeling for the interaction between color and form, light and shadow. His paintings has a certain weightiness and unity, force and vitality which is coupled with an intangible something. Something that reaches towards another dimension – a dimension of the inexplicable.
He was educated at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm 1974-79 and debuted in 1981 with an exhibition at Galleri Blanche in Stockholm. Hanson has since then exhibited extensively at galleries and institutions, including important presentations at Moderna Museet, Stockholm 1985, ROSC 88, Dublin, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö 1995, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf 1998 and Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsinborg 2006. He is represented Sweden at the Venice Biennale in 1988 in the first Nordic Pavilion and won the first prize in the Carnegie Art Award 1999.
Hanson’s work is represented in public collections such as Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Kiasma, Helsingfors, Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Borås Konstmuseum, Norrköpings Museum, Helsingborgs Konstmuseers samling, Östergötlands länsmuseum, Sundsvalls Konstmuseum, Västerås Konstmuseum, Nyköpings Konstmuseum, Blekinge länsmuseum, Gävle Konstmuseum and Henna and Pertti Niemistö Collection of Contemporary Art.