Collection: John-E Franzén

John-Erik Roland Franzén, also known as John E. Franzén or John-E Franzén, born June 30, 1942 in Stockholm, died in October 2022,

Swedish painter and graphic artist. He is known for photorealistic paintings of motorcycles, American cars and urban environments, and for portraits. He has often painted from photographs as models. In 1984, he was commissioned by the court state to make an official portrait of the Swedish royal family. The painting was unveiled at Gripsholm Castle in 1985.

The choice of John-Erik Franzén as artist was received with surprise, as one of his most famous paintings, Hells Angels of California, United States of America , nude depicts a party with the motorcycle club of California. Hells Angels is owned by the Modern Museum in Stockholm. The royal family chose the artist after, among other things, seeing a portrait of the artist's son in ice hockey gear.


Kunstfack in Stockholm
Royal Academy of Arts


Between the years 1988 and 1995, John-Erik Franzén was professor of painting at the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm and he has been a member of the Royal Academy of Liberal Arts since 1989. Franzén is represented at , among others, the Modern Museum, the Gothenburg Art Museum, the Kalmar Art Museum and the National Museum in Stockholm .