Urban Larsson, born on November 23rd, 1966 in Stockholm, has lived and worked as a professional painter in Amsterdam for the last 24 years. As well as portraits and figures, Urban paints still-lifes and landscapes. He paints only from life and in a tradition that has evolved over more than four centuries - sight-size
. Urban has, in the past 24 years, exhibited extensively throughout Europe and in the United States
The artist studied History of Art at the University of Stockholm and Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, and in Florence, Italy, at Studio Cecil & Graves. After his studies in Florence, he moved to Amsterdam to settle as a painter. His portraits are painted in oil paint and only from life through sittings. By working sight-size
, whereby the sitter or motif is viewed and painted in scale and focus at a given distance, Larsson aims for unity of effect and a sense of life in his paintings.
He regularly paints abroad and his international commissions have come from England, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and the United States. Larsson's portrait commissions are numerous and prestigious. He has, for example, painted the official portrait of the former Dutch Prime Minister W. Kok, the President of the House of Representatives of the States General, The Netherlands, Mrs G. Verbeet and the Honorable M. Barzun, the current Ambassador of the United States to the United Kingdom. In 2013 he painted the official portrait of H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden for the Swedish National Gallery.
Since April 2007, he is painting in the former studio of G. H. Breitner (1857-1923) on Prinseneiland, Amsterdam. He is married to Lara van Wassenaer who is Dutch and a paintings restorer, and they have three children.