"Rolf Groven broke the art-critical mold in 1971. This year he made his debut at the Norwegian National Autumn Exhibition with Mary and baby Jesus as Vietnamese, burned by napalm. The picture caused a sensation in the media and inspired fierce debates about art. At this time, figurative painting was on the rise, so Groven's old-fashioned style could be accepted in some art environments. His pictures have been frequently used in textbooks for schools and universities. In the 70s and 80s, many of his paintings were reproduced as posters and the reproductions were scattered by the thousands both at home and abroad.
Groven comes from the Romsdal region of Norway, born in Fræna in 1943. After graduating High School in Molde, he was a construction worker, sailor in foreign trade and a student at the University of Manchester. In 1971 he finished his architectural education at NTNU in Trondheim. He practiced in that field for four years before he started painting full time.
Groven has participated at the Norwegian National Autumn Exhibition six times. In 2010 he exhibited his new works "Paven" and "Angel with Gun" at a Film Festival in Krakow. His works have been purchased by the National Museum."
|Groven talking in front of the painting "Karbokamerater" (2004) which won an award for a visual arts competition announced by the newspaper Dagbladet.
|Groven with a friend and one of the many congratulatory gifts he received at the opening. To the right, his partner Anne Katrine who helped to document the day on video.
|Growing international appeal: Groven talks with two international students from the University of Oslo.
|An artwork by Groven's daughter hangs in the foreground with one of Groven's own paintings in the background.