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Carl Oscar Borg

Swedish-American, 1879–1947

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Carl Oscar Borg

Swedish-American, 1879–1947

Biography

Swedish-born Carl Oscar Borg arrived in the United States in 1901 upon a commission to paint the cabin walls of a ship that was sailing across the Atlantic. After settling in California and building a reputation as an artist-explorer of sorts, Borg became a protégé of Phoebe Hearst (mother of the newspaper tycoon) who holistically sponsored his artistic development. For five years, Borg studied the Old Masters in Europe at the encouragement of Hearst, who then arranged for him to live among and document Native American communities, creating images that were later honored for preserving the tribes' cultural heritage. At Hearst's suggestion, Borg continued to travel throughout Arizona and New Mexico, portraying the people and landscapes that he came to love with such a passion, he arranged to have his ashes spread throughout the Grand Canyon.

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Swedish-born Carl Oscar Borg arrived in the United States in 1901 upon a commission to paint the cabin walls of a ship that was sailing across the Atlantic. After settling in California and building a reputation as an artist-explorer of sorts, Borg became a protégé of Phoebe Hearst (mother of the newspaper tycoon) who holistically sponsored his artistic development. For five years, Borg studied the Old Masters in Europe at the encouragement of Hearst, who then arranged for him to live among and document Native American communities, creating images that were later honored for preserving the tribes' cultural heritage. At Hearst's suggestion, Borg continued to travel throughout Arizona and New Mexico, portraying the people and landscapes that he came to love with such a passion, he arranged to have his ashes spread throughout the Grand Canyon.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition