Roland Svensson 1910-2003

Roland Gustaf Svensson was born in Stockholm on 18th January 1910.

Svensson was a Swedish painter, writer and illustrator. Svensson is best known for his love of the Stockholm archipelago which he spent most of his life researching and documenting.

He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Art (Konstakademien) and the The Royal Institute of Art (Kungliga Konsthögskolan) in Stockholm, as well as in London and France. In the late 1950's Svensson participated, as an artist, in the arctic expeditions to Spitsbergen (he largest island of the Svalbard archipelago) and North Cape in northern Norway.

Roland Svensson was married to Ingrid and they had two children, Lif and Torbjörn. In 1957, Svensson and his family moved to Villa Wallbeck-Hansen - a house previously owned by the Swedish artist Anton Genberg (1862-1939) - at Storängen. Storängen is a residential area in Stockholm County consisting of large wooden villas all built in the national romantic style. It is now considered to be one of the best preserved villa communities from the early 1900s.

Svensson lived and worked at Villa Wallbeck-Hansen until his death in 2003, aged 93

Examples of Svensson's work are held in the collections of the National Museum (Nationalmuseum) and The Prince Eugen Waldemarsudde Museum (Waldemarsudde) in Stockholm, the Gothenburg Museum of Art and the Norrköping Art Museum (Norrköping Konstmuseum).

Roland Svensson