The Art of Viggo Mortensen

As I discovered that Tony Curtis was an artist I decided to research a little and see if there were any other celebrities out there that had a passion for art and I stumbled upon Viggo Mortensen, who not only does great paintings but is also a poet, a photographer and a bit of a musician. So here is his biography with some of his works.


Viggo Mortensen
Pukerua Bay, 2003

Viggo Mortensen was born October 20, 1958, in Manhattan, New York. He has two younger brothers. His parents, Viggo P. Mortensen from Denmark and Grace from New York, met in Europe. They settled initially in New York, but while Viggo was still very young, the family moved to South America. There Viggo’s father managed farms and ranches in Argentina and Venezuela. His parents divorced in 1969, after which Viggo’s mother took her three boys back to Watertown, New York. Viggo keeps a fondness for South America, and is a great fan of the Argentine soccer team San Lorenzo.


Viggo was a good student at Watertown High School. He played on the tennis team, and was captain of the swim team. While in high school, he took up photography and spent many hours taking pictures. After graduating in 1976, he went to St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where he earned degrees in Government and Spanish. With no career immediately presenting itself, Viggo moved to Denmark, where his father’s family still lives. He began writing poetry and fiction, supporting himself with odd jobs including dock worker and flower seller.

Viggo followed a girlfriend back to New York City in 1982, where he found work as a bartender and waiter and took two years of acting classes from Warren Robertson. After acting in several plays, he moved to Los Angeles, where he had a part in a television mini-series (George Washington) and started landing film roles. His scenes were deleted from the first two films, but the director of Witness liked Viggo well enough to expand his small role as Daniel Hochleitner’s brother into a speaking part.

Viggo continued to work at his craft, with a guest spot on television’s Miami Vice and a role in the Search for Tomorrow soap opera. In 1987, he met Christine “Exene” Cervenka, lead singer for the punk rock band “X,” on the set of Salvation!. They were married soon after, and their son, Henry Blake Mortensen, was born January 28, 1988. The couple moved to Idaho for several years. In 1997 they split up, moving back to Los Angeles, where they share custody of Henry.

Over the past 20 years, Viggo has had roles in over 35 films. (See Viggo’s Filmography.) He has continued to explore and create in the fields of photography, poetry, art, and music. A few years ago, Viggo Mortensen and Pilar Perez started Perceval Press, a small, independent publisher specializing in art, critical writing, and poetry. The intention of the press is to publish texts, images, and recordings that otherwise might not be presented. Viggo and Perceval Press have also taken a strong stand against the war in Iraq. See the Viggo Politics page for more information.

Partly as a result of his international upbringing and travels, Viggo is fluent in English, Spanish, and Danish, and can get by in French, Italian, Swedish and Norwegian. He worked as a translator for the Swedish hockey team during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. He also learned some Maori while filming Lord of the Rings in New Zealand, and studied the language of the Lakotah for his role in Hidalgo.


Pizza Hut Pizza Box

Yes I have followed in Jafabrit’s footsteps and entered the art competition too. I thought why not it looks like fun. So if you feel like it then have a look and vote if it takes your fancy. Of course, you should vote for Jafabrit as well. 🙂  Check out Jafabrit’s design here

Pizza Hut – Pizza Box

The Art of Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis, who was born 25th June, 1925, is in the UK at the moment. I saw him on a chat show the other nigh, actually he’s been on quite a few since being here, but one in particular really surprised me, I never knew hew was an artist. And abstract art at that. I was also surprised at how good some of his art is. Above all he seemed like a really sweet, funny old gentleman.

I don’t want to write his biography because you all know who he is but I would like to share some of his art. I believe he has an exhibition here in London at the moment and that is why he is in England.

I hope you all enjoy the paintings as much as I did.

If you want to see more go to Many Faces The Art of Tony Curtis

Art y pico award

Art y pico award

arte y pico

Arte y Pico Award

I am not sure if I understand this one but have I also one the Art y pico award winners if I was thank you Jafabrit I think I misunderstood at first, but that is great.

Other I would give this award to would be Jafabrit, Laketrees, Madsilence, Off The Wall Art, The Colorist

I am just going to copy and paste Jafabrit’s text for what you have to do.

1) You have to pick 5 blogs who deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material and also contibutes to the blogging community no matter what language.

2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to the blog to be visit by everyone.

3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him award itself.

4) Award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “arte y pico” blog (linked in my title) so everyone will know the origin of this award. (Cut and paste the info into your blog to make things easier).

Tate Modern Again

I went to the Tate Modern yesterday, with someone very dear to me. I hadn’t met her for quite a few years so it was quite a reunion. We had a great time, I got to see Pollock again, and the Rothko room. There was Picabia but unfortunately you needed to pay to go in.

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Nude Descending a Staircase II, Marcel DuChamp, 1912

I have written about him before so I don’t need to say any more, except it is a pity I couldn’t go in to see the works.

I must draw everyone’s attention to this though:

Jackson Pollock, Number 14, 1951

Jackson Pollock 1912-1956

Number 14 1951

Enamel on canvas
support: 1465 x 2695 mm frame: 1493 x 2721 x 63 mm

Purchased with assistance from the American Fellows of the Tate Gallery Foundation 1988

By 1951, Pollock had achieved considerable success with his dripped and poured abstract painting, and was widely regarded as the leading young American artist. Perhaps fearing that he was reaching an impasse in his work, he embarked on a series of black and white paintings in which figures emerge, as they had in his early works. After rolling the canvas out on the floor, he would apply the paint – usually industrial enamel paint – with sticks and basting syringes, which he wielded ‘like a giant fountain pen’, according to his wife, Lee Krasner.

‘Awesome’ Rock on Jackson