The following was compiled and written by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California:
Although of Norwegian-Swedish parentage, Oyvind Fahlstrom was born on December 28, 1928 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and spent his childhood there. In 1939 his parents sent him to Sweden.on holiday, and because of the war, he did not see them again until 1947. From 1949 to 1952 he studied art history and archaeology, notable the Aztec and Mayan hierglyph systems from which he developed the "character-forms" and general compositional principles of his early paintings at the University of Stockholm. For several years he supported himself as a journalist and drama critic. He was self-traine
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