• Kjell Nupen was born in Kristiansand. As young as 13, he decided to become a painter. He has studied at the National Academy of Fine Art in Oslo and at Staatliche Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf. He achieved a breakthrough as a relatively young painter and graphic artist, and has been a noted figure in Norwegian contemporary art for many years.
    This multi-talented artist has exhibited his works in many countries. When he was just 20 years old, his works were acquired by a number of major, influential institutions. Kjell Nupen has carried out several decoration assignments; the best known of these is the design of Otterdalparken in Kristiansand, a sculpture installation which opened in 1991.
    Kjell Nupens art from the 1970s was largely motivated by criticism of the society existing at that time. During the 1980s the political and aggressive aspect was toned down and his art became more contemplative. Landscape scenes began featuring in the artists repertoire and an emphasis of the paintings; coloristic and formal qualities has since played a major role in Nupens art.
    Kjell Nupen has lived in the Agder counties for most of his working life and spent several years in Tvedestrand. He died on March 12th, 2014, from cancer at the age of 58.