Very brief CV – Asbjorn Lonvig
I was born in the first half of the last century.
I’m a 49er. Not bad, especially not bad in San Francisco.
Not bad at all.
My grandchildren love Santa Claus. Some knows it’s me, some don’t.
I was born in the city of gable paintings Brande, Denmark. I even have made one myself.
In high school – it was in 1966 to 1968 - I was crazy about art because of a very inspiring teacher. Jess Dueholm was his name. Together with him and my class mates we visited the New Carlsberg Glyptotek, a museum in Copenhagen with works of Picassos, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Heni de Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent van Gogh.
We visited other art museums as well.
However IT became my career choice.
In 1970s I joined one of the first groups of Software Engineer Trainees educated by IBM.
As a young Software Engineer I asked for the opportunity to solve, what my boss considered an insolvable task.
I researched very thorowly the 2 communication systems - CICS and IMS - systems that were ment to communicate.
I programmed the solution in machine language, it is close to putting the instructions into memory in hexadecimal code.
It was a tough nut to crack, but finally it was cracked.
Soon people in the IBM network heard about this boy in Denmark.
IBM people from the IBM’s Palo Alto Development Centre went to Denmark to tell this youngster why he was mistaken.
I demonstrated the algorithm, I presented the machine language code.
The IBM people smiled.
My boss smiled and
my boss’ boss smiled.
The IBM people knotted.
My boss knotted and
my boss’ boss knotted.
The unsolvable problem was solved.
I became manager of a medical IT-department
5 years later I started my own Software Company.
I wanted to optimize the organization as the number of employee increased rapidly.
I hired the leading Consulting and Organizational Development Company in the Country.
The good news was that they considered the IT staff was second to none.
In statistics we could read that we were leading in the country when it came to wages.
The bad news to me was: You are a splendid initiator, but YOU are a lousy CEO.
During consolidation other management qualifications was necessary.
You must resign and become the chairman of the board.
Soon I found out that chairman of the board - even if it was a prestigious title - it was not at all my cup of tea.
I sold my Software Company in 1985 and became probably the first IT-millionaire in Denmark.
I became an artist 1 April 1986 at 2 p.m.
I managed to stay away from IT for some time.
In a French Art Magazine I read about the Internet’s future impact on Art.
I immediately lunched a concept combining IT, the Internet and Art.
After that my English improved by receiving lots of nasty e-mails:
"You sir, are a disgrace to artists!", "…your painting make me feel sick by just looking at the colors"
"You, my dear sir, are a low-life, not worthy your web space, and not at all the money you get", "dumbest shit", "plain shit", "old twat", "fucking stupid", "those pieces of shit", "ridiculous "sculptures"", "trash poem", "SHIT DOODLES", "ignorant idiot", "you don't know shit about art", "you have no talent", "old brain dead fat ass", "if anyone actually likes your work they are too ignorant to realize...", "go have a heart attack or something before you spread any more of this disgusting crap on earth".
But I enjoyed all the non-nasty e-mails:
"I loved your web designs and art", "your work is amazing!", "I am really impressed with the use of colour", "your outstanding work", "What a wonderful site!", "It makes me proud to be an artist", "Impressive Work!", "Highly original derivative", "…oxymoronic singularity", "…individually universal", "…satirical", "…chutzpah subversive hilarity", "I am LOVING LONVIG", "Wonderful work!", "…it's so different!", "Your color and amazing simplicity inspire me so madly", "…beauty is in simplicity", "…your work is really great!!!", "I love your concept! Your art and your generosity of spirit", "…but after reading your biography and seen your wonderful Art, your name should be "Loving"", "All of your art and specially the Lucca Project are superb works of fine art", "I have enjoyed your art works with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm".
The World of Art Award (WAA), London, UK
is granted to artists, galleries and museums that are pursuing "best practices" in art and culture. This competition seeks to attract artists, galleries, museums who are redefining standards of art excellence challenging existing trends and tendencies in art and culture.
Juxtaposition 2006, Rome, Italy
Winners Exposition ArtRom Gallery Guild - International Society of Artists and Designers.
International Graphic Design Award, Montreal, Canada
The Portfolios.com Award Show is an international awards competition that recognizes outstanding work in the communications field. Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.
CREATIVE GENIUS is a Collectible Collective Global Art Book for collectors, galleries, museums, dealers and art lovers, who seek the latest trends in the art world. Over 250 pages, hardcover, 8½"x8½" /22x22 cm, 1000 works. Marketing and distribution is through large book wholesalers and ecommerce channels, in US bookstores and internationally including Barnes and Noble, Borders, and Amazon in USA, Canada, France, Germany, UK, Australia and others. Estimated book realize 2009.
Curator Andrea Pagnes.
Sincerely, Asbjorn Lonvig
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