Sven Inge

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Sven Inge in 1960.

Sven Inge (born Sven Inge Höglund, later Sven Inge Demonér 1995–2006) (February 22, 1935 – November 20, 2008) was a Swedish painter and pop artist who came to some prominence in the late 1960s, doing performed visual experiments with digital technology as an art medium, and coloristic paintings.[1]

Sven Inge was born in Umeå in 1935 and grew up in a small village in Västerbotten in northern Sweden. From early age, he was interested in drawing and became involved in experimental art after moving to Sundsvall, and later to Stockholm by the early 1960s. At the end of the 1960s, he gained notability co-producing, together with Ture Sjölander and Lars Weck,[2] the experimental video performances Monument (1968) and Space in the Brain (1969), both made for Swedish Television. In addition to video performances, he worked with static images of science fiction and space travel, as well as a number of monumental paintings. In 1972, Inge created the photographic work Glesbygdare, and in 1973 Kronotorpare. Later, Inge worked with computerized holographic art, notably The Expanded Cube, which was performed at art galleries in the United States, Japan, and Taiwan. In the 1970s, he also worked with laser installations. As of the late 1970s, Sven Inge focused more on paintings, as well as a number of transparent three-dimensional images on acryl glass. Sven Inge was married to Rut Astrid Häggström in 1961–1967; they had no children. Inge worked and lived in Stockholm until his death in 2008.[3]


Sven Inge was born Sven Inge Höglund. He was the son of Karl Hellström and Gulli Maria Höglund. In 1995, he changed his surname to Demonér (sometimes incorrectly cited as De Monér). However, as an artist, he was best known as Sven Inge; hence in 2006, he registered his middle name Inge as his new surname.[4][5]


  1. ^ Digital Pioneers at Electrohype, Electronic visual experiments in Sweden 1960-1980, Artificial, May 16, 2004.
  2. ^ However, Ture Sjölander later maintained that "Sven Inge was never ever involved in any way of the creation of the original works of Monument. He was only hired and instructed to paint a limited numbers of oilpaintings from stills of Monument a year after Monument was made and broadcast. Later, 1969 he was invited to participate in the production of Space in the Brain. See: Newstime 2009, Ture Sjölander's artistic website.
  3. ^ Sven Inge, obituary by Professor Emeritus Teddy Brunius, in the Svenska Dagbladet, January 10, 2009.
  4. ^ According to public records provided by the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket), he changed his surname to Demonér on May 30, 1995; to Inge on December 1, 2006 (both changes were administered by the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (Patent- och Registreringsverket); the Tax Agency removed the middle name from the records on January 9, 2007.
  5. ^ Sven Inge's changes of names were noted by his former artist colleague and later antagonist Ture Sjölander who yet said that "Sven Inge de Monér has been changing his name less times than the number of times he has changed his Resume through the last 4 decades. An cultural cross dresser assisted by a postman who become a doctor on corrupted information. The doctor's hat should be taken off and replaced with pointed cap and Sven Inge's masquerade game would come to an end!" in Newstime 2009, Ture Sjölander's artistic website.

External links[edit]

  • Monument, Video Animation (1967), by the Ture Sjölander, Lars Weck, and Sven Inge.
  • Space in the Brain, Video Animation (1969), by Ture Sjölander, and Sven Inge.