Vebjørn Sand Biography
Vebjørn Sand was born on March 11, 1966 in Bærum) is a Norwegian painter and artist. He is known for his paintings as well as his public arts projects, such as the Da Vinci Project, and the Kepler star monument (Norwegian Peace Star) at Oslo Airport, Gardermoen.
Sand is the son of the painter Øivind Sand and attended the Waldorf School in Bærum. He later studied at the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts, the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague and the Art Students League of New York. Sand painted the official portrait of Ole Petter Ottersen, the rector of the University of Oslo.
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Vebjørn Sand’s main painting from the World War II series, the Wannsee Conference, was sold for $ 150,000 to the art collector and US investor Raymond J. Learsy, who was ranked by ARTnews in the list of the 200 largest art collectors in the world.
At the same time, Vebjørn Sand is also the artist who is probably most represented in most Norwegian homes.
Vebjørn is currently enjoying great success in New York, where two more paintings were sold for over one million per piece.
Vebjørn Sand’s World War II Series
Continuously, movies are made and books are written about the Second World War. But can you paint pictures from that war?
I believe, the most effective way to paint a narrative is to paint it figuratively. One of the reasons why I think there are few figurative paintings of World War II is because the official art of the Third Reich was the classical figurative style. Modern and expressionistic art was forbidden and was called degenerate art (entartete Kunst) . However, that era and its aftermath were some time ago.
World War II was by far the largest military, political, and humanitarian crisis in history. Though I am not a history painter, I am using this period as a framework to ask certain questions. The first one is: how could civilization collapse so completely? And: what does it mean to be a human being? We had to again understand what it meant to be a human being. Psychology, medicine, and politics had to be re-examined because of this war. In Hannah Arendt’s book The Banality of Evil, her thorough examination of Adolf Eichmann showed us that “under the right circumstances”, many of us are capable of committing acts more evil than we believed we could. The war also proved to us that human beings can endure mental and physical suffering on a scale that we never thought was possible.
I have felt powerless and discouraged by the enormous scale and suffering, and the biggest challenge has been to deal with the Final Solution. To open the doors of the House of the Wannsee Conference in Berlin, where the Final Solution was implemented, was like walking into what has been called the most evil place in the universe. There, I gathered ideas for several compositions.
The Holocaust is not the main focus of the series, Scenes from the Second World War. I am mostly telling stories about some well-known and other less well-known events, portraying individual human beings who lived up to the greatest potential that could have existed within them. In confronting the worst of human betrayal, they triumphed with their strength of character, like in the following story.
For many years, I have had a picture of the German soldier Josef Schultz on my wall. Josef refused to execute partisans and civilians from a Yugoslovian village, and proceeded to remove his helmet, put down his rifle and join the execution line. The image of the young Josef making his sacrificial decision on a summer day in 1941 has challenged me. He shows us that even at the last frontier of human existence, we still have a choice, to be free.
These are pictures about victims, and also about human beings that realized their responsibility to think for themselves, such as the members of the White Rose. These young, brave medical students at the University of Munich, demonstrated their courage by disseminating Anti-Nazi leaflets, and paid with their lives.
The underlying theme of this series is the individual choice, and the individual responsibility. This was emphasized so powerfully through the Nuremberg trial and its chief prosecutor Robert Jackson. We are all responsible for what we do.
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A total of 2000 eager art lovers poured out when Vebjørn Sand (51) opened his biggest exhibition ever – “Guernica” inspired by tragic war crimes performed by the Nazis before the Second World War.
The big meeting warmed the heart of the famous artist.
“It was the biggest and greatest opening I’ve had,” says Sand to See and Listen.
Although it is a gloomy and strong story conveyed in the paintings, the atmosphere was lunchtime and good during the opening of Aker Brygge.
It was hardly necessary that Vebjørn managed to finish his masterpiece – and thanks to his dear mother and father Kari (81) and Øivind (82) Sand. On Christmas Eve last year, he fell on a swallow and broke his foot – which threatened the whole exhibition.
“I’m totally dependent on being able to move quickly back and forth in front of the canvas. There are very big pictures, some are well above three feet tall. It was absolutely crucial to me that the leg could be played quickly, “explains the artist.
Fresh with mother’s beets. Then it was good to have a mother and father to help home at Hvaler.
“Then I had a slow, quiet and good time with my parents at Hvaler. My mother made red beetroot soup to balance all these chemicals and poisons in the painkillers I took. Then I soon got in shape and was strong enough to throw the crutches in March.
It saved the exhibition, smiling Vebjørn.
The exhibition at Fineart lasts until 21 May.
In March 2016, the artist perceived a painter to a value of 300,000 kroner.
– More witnesses saw what they described as a little scabby man with a Harley Davidson leather jacket going out of the train with my suitcase, told the artist to Good Night Norway, according to TV 2 .
Shortly thereafter, a person was arrested for theft, wrote the police in Østfold on Twitter .
“Man in the 40s arrested for theft of the painting Vebjørn Sand was robbed of the train in Moss yesterday. It was after a very good witness observation that led the police in Moss to go to the arrest of a reputation at an address in Moss. The painting has been made and will be returned to the owner. The thief is in prison and will be questioned about the relationship. ”
The theft occurred while Sand was on a long journey and had his entire life in the suitcase. In addition to the portrait painting by a well-known Norwegian person, also contained very valuable personal belongings.
“This is a picture that is not easily negotiable so I strongly encourage the one who took this to return it to me,” he told TV 2.