Very brief CV – Asbjorn Lonvig
I was born in the first half of last century.
I’m a 49er. Not bad, especially not bad in San Francisco.
Not bad at all.
My grandchildren love Santa Claus. Some knows it’s me, some don’t.
I was born in the city of gable paintings Brande, Denmark. I even have made one myself.
In high school – it was in 1966 to 1968 - I was crazy about art. I visited the New Carlsberg Glyptotek, a museum in Copenhagen with works of Picassos, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Heni de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh.
However IT became my career choice.
In 1970s I joined one of the first groups of Software Engineer Trainees educated by IBM.
IBM people from the Palo Alto Development Center went to Denmark to see how that young man in the 20s had solved a non-solvable software problem.
I became manager of a medical IT-department, I started my own Software Company.
I sold my Software Company in 1985 and became probably the first IT-millionaire in Denmark.
I became an artist 1 April 1986 at 2 p.m.
I managed to stay away from IT for some time.
In a French Art Magazine I read about the Internet’s future impact on Art.
I immediately lunched a concept combining IT, the Internet and Art.
After that my English improved by receiving lots of nasty e-mails:
"You sir, are a disgrace to artists!", "…your painting make me feel sick by just looking at the colors"
"You, my dear sir, are a low-life, not worthy your web space, and not at all the money you get", "dumbest shit", "plain shit", "old twat", "fucking stupid", "those pieces of shit", "ridiculous "sculptures"", "trash poem", "SHIT DOODLES", "ignorant idiot", "you don't know shit about art", "you have no talent", "old brain dead fat ass", "if anyone actually likes your work they are too ignorant to realize...", "go have a heart attack or something before you spread any more of this disgusting crap on earth".
In 2006 I was granted The World of Art Award (WAA) in London UK,
Juxtaposition 2006 in Rome, Italy and
International Graphic Design Award in Montreal, Canada.
In 2009 I was chosen as one of the 100 contemporary artists worldwide to be included in the Art Book Creative GENIUS.
And I enjoyed all the non-nasty e-mails:
"I loved your web designs and art", "your work is amazing!", "I am really impressed with the use of colour", "your outstanding work", "What a wonderful site!", "It makes me proud to be an artist", "Impressive Work!", "Highly original derivative", "…oxymoronic singularity", "…individually universal", "…satirical", "…chutzpah subversive hilarity", "I am LOVING LONVIG", "Wonderful work!", "…it's so different!", "Your color and amazing simplicity inspire me so madly", "…beauty is in simplicity", "…your work is really great!!!", "I love your concept! Your art and your generosity of spirit", "…but after reading your biography and seen your wonderful Art, your name should be "Loving"", "All of your art and specially the Lucca Project are superb works of fine art", "I have enjoyed your art works with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm".
The World of Art Award (WAA)
is granted to artists, galleries and museums that are pursuing "best practices" in art and culture. This competition seeks to attract artists, galleries, museums who are redefining standards of art excellence challenging existing trends and tendencies in art and culture.
Winners Exposition ArtRom Gallery Guild - International Society of Artists and Designers.
International Graphic Design Award
The Portfolios.com Award Show is an international awards competition that recognizes outstanding work in the communications field. Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.
CREATIVE GENIUS is a Collectible Collective Global Art Book for collectors, galleries, museums, dealers and art lovers, who seek the latest trends in the art world. Over 250 pages, hardcover, 8½"x8½" /22x22 cm, 1000 works. Marketing and distribution is through large book wholesalers and ecommerce channels, in US bookstores and internationally including Barnes and Noble, Borders, and Amazon in USA, Canada, France, Germany, UK, Australia and others. Estimated book realize 2009.