Søren Martinsen was born in 1966 in Lyngby Denmark. Lives and works in Glumsø Denmark and Berlin.
Martinsen’s formal art training began at the Royal Danish Academy of Art where he began studying in 1989. He studied at Goldsmiths College of Art in London where he earned his Masters of Fine Art in 1994.
Fundamentally a landscape painter, Martinsen’s works vary from more traditional landscapes of the Danish countryside to abstracted paintings of landscapes from an aerial perspective. In these latter works, he uses photos of Earth taken by satellites. He selects images where the patterns formed in the landscape, whether they are formed by nature or by human, become the composition of the painting. He then paints these landscapes in differing layers of thickness and often allows the previous layer of color to come through. The resulting works, although in effect two-dimensional, are deeply layered with bold colors.
Martinsen’s paintings are included in the permanent collection of several public museums. His work also been recognized in his native country by receiving a three year stipend from the National Art Foundation (Denmark) and additional subsequent working grants from the same foundation. He has exhibited extensively for more than 25 years.