Leif Engström's poetic paintings of suburban landscapes and dense forests hold a mysterious quality. The works convey a sense of both melancholy and wonder, where the rendering of light and nature plays an important part. In close dialogue with art history, Engström is an urban explorer - a contemporary version of the Impressionist flâneur, taking inspiration from his everyday life and surroundings. A tension is created in the contrast between civilization and vegetation in his work.


Leif Engström (born 1992 in Brunskog, Sweden) holds an MFA (2020) from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Engström has exhibited at Liljevalchs and Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sandgrund, Karlstad, Arvika Konsthall and Rackstadmuseet, Arvika, Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm, Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg, and Konstfrämjandet Bergslagen, Örebro. In 2023 Engström was awarded  The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s two-year working grant as well as The Edstrand Foundation award, and in 2021 he was awarded the Åke Andrén Foundation artist prize and the Marianne & Sigvard Bernadotte artist scholarship. Engström is represented in the collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm Konst, Region Värmland, SAK, Arvika and Örebro Municipality and Ståhl Collection, Norrköping.