I am AK von Malmborg, a painting artist and renaissance-human being. Exhibitions include Institute of Contemporary Art London and Stockholm Music and Arts Festival, performances at De La Warr Bexhill, and my drawings have made it to the front page of Dagens Nyheter. I have a background in which I have utilized every medium there is from bronze to symphony orchestra, electronic opera, performance and three full length albums. I mostly paint large scale oil paintings.
I paint what I dream, sometimes I dream the whole image at once and sometimes in installments.
My process is a highly intuitive and a multi-sensory experience. I allow myself to continuously revisit and edit the surface of the canvas and as a messy consequence and visual testament of this organic approach, I reveal an impatient and playful temper. While working on the canvas I hide secrets in my art. I weave in blessings under the layers of paint. I invent my own ceremonies and magical spells and I want the energy transfer to work as a lucky charm.
I only use the finest materials as I like to imagine how these works might continue their energy transference between subjects and viewer for centuries to come.
I come from a background of performance and composing and I still utilize performative approaches in my practice.
My studio is situated on an island near Stockholm named Adelsö. The land was once home to the Swedish Vikings and Hilma af Klint. Rich with forest reserves and plentiful animals, it is sacred in both nature and history, influencing the otherworldly and spiritual nature of my work.
My history is this: I love to invent things and hate asking for permission. For example I have previously: Started my own currency, crowned myself Hens Majestät of Sweden, (which would translate as a non-gender defined version of his/her Majesty), toured Europe with an electronic opera that I wrote together with a colleague, started my own record company and produced/performed/released tree full length records. I have wrote my own theatre-play and acted it - with a live symphony orchestra onstage (and sold out shows). I sold and executed 100 live art-performances in 2014 to fundraise the last music album release. I killed myself as a musician onstage at the Stockholm Music And Arts festival and rose again as a painting artist 2015. I have made mass-performance pieces where me and my fellow artist dressed 100 persons in London and 100 persons in New York in metal-spandex naked — uniforms, creating a "unisex uniform monument". And as an extention of that, I made a performance in which I wore nothing but a metal spandex bodysuit and shoes for three months in a row-what ever I was doing, including shopping bread for breakfast or flying cross-atlantic flights. I have had the huge privilege and pleasure of studying art but it was not until 2009 I admitted to myself that I was longing to paint. So I had to teach myself the craft of oil painting.
My love for painting then took over... most things
My studies include Bachelor Degree at Central Saint Martins (Full scholarship) London, (BFA fine art 4D pathway,) exchange program to Pratt Institute New York City as well as further training with the Marina Abramovic Institute.
Thank you for your attention
AK von Malmborg, October 2020
Marina Abramovic Institute
Cleaning the house
2002 - 2005
Central Saint Martins London
Bachelor Fine Arts 4D pathaway
Pratt Institute New York
Exchange program BFA Fine Arts
Music & Composing
Konstskolan i Stockholm
Fine Arts foundation year
2022 Konstnärsnämnden (Swedish Arts Council)
2021 Konstnärsnämnden (Swedish Arts Council)
2020 Konstnärsnämnden (Swedish Arts Council)
2014 STIM(The Swedish Performing Rights Society) composition
2011 STIM(The Swedish Performing Rights Society)composition
2010 Konstnärsnämnden (Swedish Arts Council)composition
2009 STIM (The Swedish Performing Rights Society)composition
2008 Konstnärsnämnden (Swedish Arts Council)composition
2004 Beck ́s Futures student video award and exhibition at Institute of Contemporay Art, London
2004 STIM (The Swedish Performing Rights Society) composition
2003 Exchange studies program grant Pratt Institute New York
2002 Tuition fee grant covering three years Bachelor of Fine Art studies at Central Saint Martins London
painting backdrops, exhibition, performance,
actor, performances, composer, marketing, producer, singer
performance, actor, singer
Sveriges Oberoende Musik producenter SOM board member
Berghs School of Communication teaching creative process
Svenska Dagbladet teaching creative process
SVT drama illustrations
SVT dokumentär illustrations
Dagens Nyheter illustrations
Sveriges Ungdomsråd teaching creative process, prize design
Stiftelsen Ekskäret teaching creative process
Manifestpriset prize design
Bob Hund illustrations
Malmö Live illustrations
Kulturhuset Stockholm live painting
Naturskyddsföreningen live painting