Bengt Lindström was born in Storsjo Kapell, Sweden, in 1925. He studied at the art school of Issac Grünewald (a student of Matisse) in Stockholm, and at the fine arts academy in Copenhagen (1944-46), then at the Art Institute of Chicago, and finally completed his studies under the artists Fernand Léger and André Lohte in Paris (1947-48).
Lindström’s first paintings, portraits and self-portraits, were figurative. His first one-man show was held in 1954 in Stockholm.
He was introduced to Bogart, Marfaing, Maryan and Pouget, and later he also met Asger Jorn, who would have a definite influence on his work. Though his art has a lot in common with the COBRA group, he was never actually part of that artistic movement.
Lindström’s style gradually took form at the end of the 1950s – at the time, he used large buckets of saturated pure colors, working around a canvas stretched over a frame set laid flat on the floor.
He created works densely covered with matter, nearly sculpting into the painting. An iInitiation into shamanism and Lapp culture deeply influenced his work, contributing to the creation of images of great intensity.
In 1948, Lindström started producing lithographs. In 1962, the artist took part in the second exhibition of the New Figuration held in Paris.
In 1962, the artist took part in the second exhibition of the New Figuration held in Paris.In 1948, Lindström started producing lithographs.
In 1966, he had an exhibition at the Konstmuseum in Göteborg, and in 1967 at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh and the Seibu Gallery in Tokyo. In the 1980s, the artist created little sculptures in papier-mâché, as well as jewelry pieces.
In 1993, he took part in the glass exhibition “Grandi Vetri di Murano” which was held contemporarily in Italy and in Sweden.
His works are part of the permanent collections of more than 38 museums, among which the Centre Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Luisiana Museum in Denmark, and the Tate Gallery in London.