Henrik Swane Liisberg


Henrik Swane Liisberg  grew up in a home in Denmark often being visited by famous family painters. Among others, the Swane family which was his mothers heritage.The talk was often about
art and Henrik listened.

In 1974 Liisberg graduated from Denmark's Design School in Copenhagen with a master’s degree in Furniture and Industrial Design. As required by the Danish educational system, he became a journeyman in carpentry and cabinet making before he could actually enter the school.


In 1978 Liisberg moved his office from New York to San Francisco as he, like so many others was taken by the beauty of the Bay Area. While Liisberg resided here, a good deal of design work for the US office furniture industry began to evolve and many new contract seating designs were developed.  The effort resulted in design awards and Liisberg became a lecturer at variousUS furniture shows and related events.

In 1992 Liisberg and his wife, Hanne relocated their  business to the Sea Ranch / Gualala area on the coast north of San Francisco. Later in 2012, the couple moved back to Tiburon and kept the retreat as a paint studio. Here, an old dream came true. Most of Liisberg's adult life had been dedicated to the exact and precise discipline of industrial design. Although many stages of this effort require numerous sketches and even artwork, it still does not provide the freedom of abstract art. He had always been longing for this “explosion” of creativity and now he built himself a studio with a view of the Pacific.  Although at times beset by doubt, he ordered paint, canvas, panels and brushes. He had no formal training in painting and there were days when he wondered if he could paint at all. Undeterred, he locked himself up in his studio and buckled down to work. To his surprise, he could still hear the voices of the artists who used to come to his home in Denmark.

 Liisberg often paints and repaints the same canvas over and over until he gets to a point of satisfaction. "People tend to find the mood of my work on the darker side," he says. "Yes, some of the paintings are dark in both color and feel. I am somewhat a skeptic regarding the state of the world and this is probably what some of my paintings show. Not all! Edward Munch got away with ‘The Scream’ and the public actually grew to admire it. My works must have a feel of their own and a strong message. If the image doesn’t talk to me, I scrap it. I often lay out a certain landscape or figure on the canvas, a day later I suddenly see a a man, woman or a boy talking to me and I take it from there. I often let the image decide what to do next while I am working.  I usually do not have a final goal in mind.
My subconscious leads the way.”

“I paint what I saw, not what I see”

Note: Not all of the shown paintings are available.
Some have already been sold, others might have been gifted or donated.

Henrik Liisberg, Visual art.

P.O. Box  129

Tiburon-Belvedere, California 94920
Mail: liisberg@mcn.org

“The Steep Cliff”
Acrylic on hardboard.
48 X 48”    122 X 122cm

“Greenland envisioned”
Acrylic on hardboard.
4 X 4 feet (122 X122 cm)

Acrylic on canvas
24 X 36”    61 X 91cm

Acrylic on canvas
24 X 36”    61 X 91cm

Acrylic on canvas
24 X 36”    61 X 91cm