Erik Ortvad

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Erik Ortvad
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Born (1917-06-18)18 June 1917
Died 29 February 2008(2008-02-29) (aged 90)
Movement COBRA (avant-garde movement)

Erik Ortvad (born in Copenhagen June 18, 1917, died in Kvänjarp February 29, 2008) was a painter and a creator of many drawings. He debuted as a painter in 1935. He is mostly known for colorful surrealistic paintings. [1]. He also created several hundred satiric drawings about the modern way of life under the pseudonym Enrico.

In 1948 he was a founding member of the COBRA avant-garde art movement.

He is represented in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen.

During the second world war he lived as a refugee in Sweden due to communist sympathies and a Jewish wife, and in 1962 he returned and settled in a croft in Kvänjarp, Ljungby Municipality, Småland, Sweden where he lived for the rest of his life.


  • Ortvad, Erik: Den "kære" familie (drawings under the name Enrico), A/S Uniprint, Copenhagen 1971, ISBN 87-18-00046-0


  • Ljungberg, Pontus: Erik Ortvad 15.9 - 25.11 2007 [2] - an introduction to a restrospective exhibition
  • Brunskog, Per: Ljungbergmuseet, Ljungby: Erik Ortvad (15/9-25/11)