August 14, 2022

Lars Vilks (Visual Artist) Biography, Age, Death, Controversy, Family, Facts, Wiki & More

Updated On : October 6, 2021

Short Biography

Lars Vilks was born on 20-06-1946 in Helsingborg, Skane, Sweden. He was a Swedish Visual Artist, Sculptor, Blogger & Activist who was famously known for a controversy surrounding his drawing of Muhammad.

Other Name: Lars Endel Roger Vilks
Other Professions: Sculptor Blogger Activist

Lars Vilks Complete Bio & Career

Lars Vilks is a Swedish virtual artist who raised and completed his primary education at Helsingborg, Sweden. In 1987, he attended Lund University where he achieved doctoral degree in art history stream. After finishing studies, in 1987, Lars started work as a professor at Oslo National Academy of the Arts till 1997. Then, the artist jumped to his new job as a art theory professor at Bergen National Academy of the Arts from 1997 until 2003. After that, Mr. Vilks became a advocate of the institutional theory of art. ,

In 1970, he started painting as a hobby but as he was a self learner visual artist therefore later on, he became a professional painter. Additionally, in 1984, he had a keen interest in sculpture making and made Nimis. He was a biggest fan of Jean-François Lyotard, a French art philosopher. Due to his favorite artists inspiration, he learnt postmodernism art form in 1980 and created Swedish art scenes and became the member of movements in Sweden. The artist to lost himself in the art forms thus, he went to Vikingsberg, Helsingborg and presented his own car as a art at fall exhibition in Skånes konstförening.

Furthermore, he made two famous sculptures Ars and Nimis with concrete, wooden sticks and rock at Kullaberg garden in Höganäs, Skåne. Later on, he turned this place into a country and gave name, Ladonia. Due to law concerning, Nimis was purchased by Joseph Beuys. He created many other sculptures and statues like Omfalos. 

Apart from this, he always became the part of many controversies due to his unique creations like Nimis, Landonien and Arx which are situated in the nature reserve Kullaberg. As his creations get notable surveillancein Sweden media and this place is become a renowned visitor attraction. He was always bambored by conflicts because he tried to proved himself as a depictions of religion.

In 2007, Lars was hit by an international controversy in which he designed three drawings. These were held in an art exhibition at Tällerud. In one of these three drawings, he represented the drawing of Muhammad as a dog. After this, his invitation was cancelled to come in this exhibition and his drawings was banned to show in any other exhibition. After a long time, Örebro-based regional newspaper published his work that was condemned by Muslim religion people in Sweden, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt and so forth. 

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

On 03-10-2021, Lars Vilks meet his best friend Stina Lundberg Dabrowski and took dinner together. After dinner, he returning home with two police officers in a car. When he was on the way, a large truck crashed his car, and the car was damaged and caught fire. He died in a car crash at the age of 75 in Markaryd, Sweden.

DEATHDAY 3 October,2021 (Monday)
DEATH PLACE Markaryd, Smaland

Lars Vilks Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to an Estonian Latvian father Eino Vilks and a Swedish mother. 

Life's Important Dates Of Lars Vilks

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Brown
Hair Colour Grey

Personal Info

Home Town Helsingborg, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Religion Christianity
Address Helsingborg, Sweden
School N/A
College Lund University, Sweden
Qualification Doctoral Degree in Art History
Hobbies Artistic Work, Reading, Travelling
Marital Status Married
Debut Nimis (1980)
Best Friends Stina Lundberg Dabrowski
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A
Best Known for Nimis (1980), Arx (1991), Muhammad Drawings (2007)


Favorite Color White
Favorite Brand Vans
Favorite Actress Rebecca Ferguson
Favorite Actor Stellan Skarsgard
Favorite Place Norway
Favorite Dress Suits
Favorite Accessories Watches

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Lars Vilks

  • Lars was a great visual artist and activist better known for his driftwood and rock work.
  • He worked as professor at Oslo National Academy of Arts at Norway.
  • He was surrounded by the controversy of drawing Muhammad as roundabout.
  • In 2009, an attempt was made by three U.S. to kill Lars which was however did not succeed.
  • He was placed in the hit-list of Al Qaeda according to Inspire Magazine.
  • In 2015, he got the Sappho award from the Danish free press Society.

Lars Vilks Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Lars Vilks was 75 years 3 months & 13 days old age.