Nils Gunnar Zander’s earlier work was based solidly in ceramic sculpture. But painting has absorbed him since meeting the colors and shapes of the Australian outback, and for the last 25 years he has divided his time between Stockholm and Melbourne. 

Nils Gunnar Zander’s works consistently circle themes such as Earth, Desert, Mankind and Silence.

In encounters with the Australian landscape’s lines, shapes and colors, he creates paintings that portray a disintegrated but still human nature.

As an artist, Zander is a discoverer, a revealer. He continually quits the security of the familiar to confront the new and nameless. Some of the pictures have titles such as ”Restricted Area” and ”Territory of Silence” — closed and hazardous areas he opens up for us. He is redefining ancient routes through the landscape and discovering new signs of life wherever they appear.

Man’s presence is very evident in Zander’s images. At times as a shadow, at times as a target — exposed and vulnerable.

He has been working with Dag Hammarskjöld, Nobel Prize Laureate in literature Tomas Tranströmer and the Japanese poets haiku poems into pictures. "Art in three lines".


Nils Gunnar Zander is born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1944. He studied at Stockholm’s Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft and Design, 1964 to 1970.


Solo exhibitions, selection:

Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna 2019

Vida Konsthall, Öland 2018

Tomarps Kungsgård, Kvidinge 2017

Studio L2, Stockholm 2016

Prince Eugens Waldemarsudde, 2015

Gallery Aniara, Sollentuna 2014

Studio L2, Stockholm 2010

Embassy of Sweden, Tokyo 1997, 09, 12

Gallery Pizzi, Melbourne 2007

Kristianstad Center of Contemporary Art, 2006/07

Dag Hammarskjöld's Backåkra 2005, 08

Tomarps Kungsgård, Kvidinge 2002

Gallery Kamras, Borgholm 1997

Olle Ollsonhuset, Solna 1995

Gallery Magnus Åklundh, Lund 1994

Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne 1991, 95

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin, Australia 1991

Gallery Engström, Stockholm 1990, 93, 97, 00, 03, 05

Gallery Birgersson, Halmstad 1987, 91, 93, 99, 03, 08

Gallery Arbour Fine Art, Singapore 1986

Millesgården, Lidingö 1986

Kilkenny Arts Week, Ireland 1980, 85, 96

Centre Culturell, Paris 1979

Gallery Wallner, Malmö 1977, 83

Mors Mössa, Göteborg 1974, 79, 81, 89

Dr Glas, Stockholm 1975, 79, 81, 83, 87

Krognoshuset, Lund 1973

Bildmuseet, Umeå 1972

Hos Petra, Stockholm, debut 1971, 72


Group exhibitions, selection: 

Seoul, Yokohama, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Konsthallen i Lund, Bror Hjorts Hus i Uppsala, Blekinge Museum Karlskrona, Tomarps Kungsgård, Kulturhuset Stockholm, Studio L2 Stockholm.


Represented in, selection:


Gothenburg Museum of Art

Rhösska Museum in Gothenburg

Malmö Art Museum

Borås Art Museum

Skövde Konsthall

Sundsvalls Museum

Jönköpings Museum

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin, Australia

Mission Covenant Church of Sweden, Finspång

Swedish Television

Business School of Gothenburg

District Court in Örebro

Peace Museum in Uppsala


Worked as an teacher at Nyckelviksskolan Lidingö, guest teacher in Trondheim Academy of Fine Art.



Clay and Lead, about Nils Gunnar Zander's art in clay and lead. Text Karin Sidén, Kerstin Wickman, Olle Granath, Birgitta Rubin. N.G.Z press 2016

Territory of Silence, 25 years from the other side. Text Karin Sidén, Ulf Wickbom, Thomas Kjellgren. Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde 2015

No one's land, about Nils Gunnar Zander's art, text Asta Bolin, Carlssons

Urania, about Nils Gunnar Zander's art, Thomas Kjellgren and Asta Bolin, Carlssons