Beckers Art Award

Beckers Art Award has been presented every year since 1987 to young Swedish artists. The objective of the Award is to recognise and support pioneering creative voices in Sweden.

Youngjae Lih is the 2021 recipient of the Beckers Art Award

Ulf G. Lindén had a passionate interest in modern art and founded the Beckers Art Award in 1987. Many recipients have gone on to earn widespread recognition, among them Dan Wolgers (1989), Jockum Nordström (1999), Linn Fernström (2000) and Nathalie Djurberg (2006).

The selected artist receives SEK 200,000 and a solo exhibition at Färgfabriken and Höganäs Museum. Members of the jury are Jenny Lindén Urnes, Mårten Castenfors and Magnus Jensner.

Video of Lih's work and his exhibition for Becker Art Award 2021.

Youngjae Lih is the current holder of the Beckers Art Award. Youngjae Lih was awarded the 2021 Becker Art Award because, "through his deep personal understanding of the ways in which technology works, he creates forms of communication that elevate both the simple and the complex in the potential of technology to create works of art that produce poetic qualities and unique experiences. This is art that, in the meeting between technology and content, evokes philosophical questions about perception and understanding."

Fredrik Åkum. Untitled, 2019.
Acrylic on canvas.
Theresa Traore Dahlberg. Detail from: Untitled Blue, 2019. Printed circuit boards.
Petra Hultman. Housework, 2017. Video still.
Anna Camner. Untitled, 2009. Oil painting.
Tomas Lundgren. Mirroring part 1, 2015. Oil on canvas.
Julia Bondesson. The Animal Spirit, 2015. Wood carving.
David Molander. Overlooking Slussen, 2011. Inkjet print.
Sara Möller. Harangue, 2013. Ceramic.
Elin Behrens. The Pulpit, 2012. Oil on aluminium.
Maria Nordin. Pink Noise Series, 2011. Watercolour on paper.

Recipients of Beckers Art Award

2021 - Youngjae Lih

2020 - Fredrik Åkum

2019 - Theresa Traore Dahlberg

2018 - Petra Hultman

2017 - Anna Camner

2016 - Tomas Lundgren

2015 - Julia Bondesson

2014 - David Molander

2013 - Sara Möller

2012 - Elin Behrens

2011 - Maria Nordin

2010 - Maurits Ylitalo

2009 - Per Mårtensson

2008 - Ulrika Sparre

2007 - Fredrik Hofwander

2006 - Nathalie Djurberg

2005 - Albin Karlsson

2004 - Patric Larsson

2003 - Magnus Larsson

2002 - Annika Larsson

2001 - Christian Partos

2000 - Linn Fernström

1999 - Jockum Nordström

1998 - Thomas Karlsson & Peter Geschwind

1997 - Karin Wikström

1996 - Peter Ojstersek & Richard G Carlsson

1995 - Maria Lindberg

1994 - Karin Granqvist & Ingela Johansson

1993 - Johan Widén

1992 - Ulf Rollof

1991 - Anders Widoff

1990 - Mats Caldeborg

1989 - Annette Senneby & Dan Wolgers

1988 - Mikael Ericsson

1987 - Kent Karlsson