Sigge Bergstrom Biography

Sigge Bergstrom




Painter and printmaker Sigge Olaf Berstrom was born in Filipstad, Varmland, Sweden on August 20, 1880. His father was noted engineer Carl Johan Bergstrom and it was assumed that young Sigge would follow in his father's footsteps. However, he showed a strong aptitutde for visual arts, teaching himself how to draw and to paint in oils. He also worked as an illustrator for satirical publications for a time. After graduating from high school, he would go on to study for about a year each in Gothenburg, Paris, and Italy, and he expanded his oeuvre to include woodcut printmaking, a medium he would promote as a fine art throughout his career.

He was curator of Sweden's General Art Association in 1914 and was a member of the Graphic Society from 1913 to 1918. He was awrded kighthood by the king of Sweden, Order of the North Star, Royal Order of the Vasa, the Order of Danneboro, and the Order of the White Rose of Finland. His work can be found in the Swedish National Museum, the Varmland Museum, and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. He died in Stockholm on January 11, 1975.