Erik Steffensen

“As an artist and a writer my concern has been to look at and meet the world with curiosity. Next level is engagement. And final ... maybe spirituality. My highest hope for this expedition in North East Greenland is to transform this knowledge into works of art that people will benefit from.”

Titel Fotograf, maler, forfatter | Født 1961, Valby
Deltager i Tredje Periode

Curriculum Vitae


Lives and works in Copenhagen and Læsø.

1998-07 Professor at the Royal Academy of Art, Copenhagen.

Works in collections
Arken – Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark.
ARoS, Aarhus, Denmark.
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Herning Kunstmuseum, Herning, Denmark.
Louisiana – Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark.
Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark.
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.


1983-86 Philosophy and Art History at the University of Copenhagen
1986-92 Royal Academy of Art, Copenhagen.


“Steffensen knows what he is doing. He is neither a melancholic nor a nostalgic. He emphasizes that if you, as he does, gets closer to nature as a romantic, nature unquestionably becomes the mirror of the soul.”
- Mikael Wivel, Mirror of the Soul, Holstebro Kunstmuseum 2011

Udvalgte produktioner og publikationer

Solo exhibitions
2010 High Five, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen.

2007 Erik Steffensen - Flow, semina rerum - Irène Preiswerk, Zürich.
Erik Steffensen – The Beginner’s Mind, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen. 

2001 Værker - 100 Works (Retrospective 1992-2001)
Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark.
Migrations, DCA Gallery, New York.

Strindbergs Metode, Borgen 1993
Caves & Exits, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Sisimiut - Grønland, Borgen 2000
Poul Gernes Monografi, Borgen 2001
Steffensen, Erik: 100 Works, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum 2001
Valbyengelsk, Gyldendal 2003.
Desperado, Gyldendal 2006.
High Five, Gyldendal, 2010