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Barbara Lidfors

Documenting everyday life and places

Barbara Lidfors is an artist who has made the documentation of everyday life the focus of her figurative works. Her paintings examine how people respond to the places and situations of their lives. She captures fragmentary moments of experience with artistic sensitivity and offers them back as narrated short stories. It is not detailed descriptions of the observed world that interests her most, rather it is the visualization of an individual’s response to his surrounding that intrigues her. 


Barbara Lidfors grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. She stumbled upon her love for art as a preschooler sitting at her family's kitchen table strewn with crayons, colored pencils, watercolor paints, papers, scissors and glue. It doesn't get much closer to heaven on earth for a young artist! To this source of joy and creative excitement she returned again and again during her growing up years.
1967-69     Bachelor of Arts studies at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
1969-71     B.A. in English and secondary education from Bethel College, St. Paul,                    MN, where her father was an art professor
1971-72     Taught English - with emphasis on literature - in St. Paul, MN schools
1972          Married Bob Lidfors
1974 - 79   Daughters Cherith (1974), Dawn (1976), and twins Jeana & Joya                            (1979) were born. Began combining the creative aspects of parenting                      with the excitement of putting the busy moments happening around her                    onto canvas.  She availed herself of further art training at the Univeristy                    of Minnesota in Minneapolis. 
1982          Moved with her family to Munich, Germany. Took language classes for 6 mo.
                  Painted rarely.
1984          Moved to Tuchenbach, a 1,000 soul farming village outside of                          Fürth near Nürnberg. Painted rolling farm hills and flowers.
1986          Son John was born.

1994          Moved to Langenzenn, a 10,000 person small town

2004          Moved to Fürth, a small city of         



2020    Kunstforum Fränkisches Seenland, Gunzenhausen, Germany 

2019    Schloss Almoshof, Nürnberg, Germany 

2019    Kunstverein Erlangen, Germany 

2018    Künstlerbund Schwabach, Germany

2017    KunstKontor Galerie, Nürnberg, Germany 

2016    Städtische Galerie,  Schwabach, Germany 

2015    Reitbahn - Kunstverein Ansbach, Germany

2014    University of Science and Technology Art Gallery, Hefei, China 

2013    ART:Gallery, Fürth, Germany 

2011    Galerie Ederer, Nürnberg, Germany

2011    Stadttheater, Fürth, Germany 

2010    Kunstverein Erlangen, Germany 

2007    kunstgalerie fürth, Fürth, Germany

2006    BBK Raumausstellung/Kunsthaus Nürnberg, Germany 

2005    Kunstverein Kronach, Germany


2018   "Edlund Family Artists", Kaddatz Gallerie, Fergus Falls, MN, USA    2016    Galerie Liebau, Burghaun, Germany          

2015    Kunstmühle, Mürsbach, Germany  

2015    Ansbacher Kunstpreis, Ansbach, Germany

2014    WORK.ART.REST Exhibition, Krakau, Poland  

2014    Bayreuther Kunstverein, Ermitage, Bayreuth, Germany 

2013    German-Chinese Cultural Exchange Exhibition, Zhuzhou, China

2012    Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA 

2012    Gera Museum for Applied Arts, Gera, Germany

2012    Seeta Hospital, Kampala, Uganda 

2011    Cajasur, Cordoba, Spain 

2010    Fine Arts Exhibition, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA 

2010    Musee des Beaux-Arts, Nizza, France

2009    LGA (Landesgewebeanstalt) Kunstsommer, Nürnberg, Germany 

2009    Galerija Velimir A. Lekovik, Bar, Montenegro 

2009    NordArt 2009, Büdelsdorf, Germany 

2008    Figurative Painting, Gallery mit der blauen Tür, Nürnberg, Germany    2008   Art Colony, Skopje, Macedonia 

2007    Fine Arts Exhibition, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA 

2005    NordArt 2005, Büdelsdorf, Germany

2005    Ortung IV: Kunstwochen, Schwabach, Germany

2005   Galerie Franzke, Vienna, Austria

2005   GaleriehausNord, Nürnberg -Three Generations of Painters:  Eugene             Johnson, Barbara Johnson Lidfors, Cherith Lidfors Lundin

2004    Kunsthaus Nürnberg, BBK, Nürnberg, Germany 

2003    Kunstverein Erlangen 

2001    Wood Art Gallery, Montpelier, Vermont, USA

Nürnberger Nachricht Kunstpreis, Nürnberg, Germany (2016, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, und 2007) 

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