Sven-Erik Olsen is a Norwegian artist born on April 2, 1956.


He uses oil on board with a brush in the traditional photorealist style. He looks at the actual painting process as a translation from photo to painting, where objectivity dominates over the self-conscious and expressive, with a relief from manneristic ‘isms’. His motives often entail observations of material elements in our western culture.


His artistic practice falls into two periods. From 1989 to 1993 he painted under the pseudonym ‘Sven Ervig,’ and since 2009 under his own name.


Sven-Erik Olsen lives and works in Mjoendalen, Norway.



CV with complete list of exhibitions

Artist statement