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Runar Rodell

 (1898 - 1983)
Runar Rodell was active/lived in Arizona / Sweden.  Runar Rodell is known for landscape dioramas.

Biography   Runar Rodell


Artist Runar Rodell was known for his unique three dimensional dioramas and constructed about five-thousand of them. Among his collectors when he was living were Bob Hope and Ronald Reagan.

Born in Sweden, Rodell moved to the United States when he was in his early thirties. The artist had no formal art training when he made his first diorama while recovering from tuberculosis.

Rodell sold thousand of dioramas over the years. He began by painting a background in oil which he places in a deep wooden carved frame. Then he added carved animals, birds or people and vegetation and plaster which he specially treated for the art work. Finally the frame was covered with glass. The effect was like looking through a window.

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