Minnesota native Carl Oltvedt enjoys painting the rich landscapes of Western Minnesota. “I need the air, the literal volume of space around me,” he once said in an interview. Oltvedt, a professor of art at Minnesota State University Moorhead, earned his bachelor’s degree and M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota.
In an artist’s statement, Oltvedt once wrote, “My work is the residue of a response to being; each of the images carries multiple levels of meaning beyond the surface of the subject as figure, landscape or still life. The underlying forces of life work throughout nature, producing delicate beauty, raw destructive force or variations in-between, to move and shape us all. Everything we see and experience around us is impacted by those forces, which in return generate a response from me in the form of paintings, drawings and prints.”