Lars Lerin was born and raised in Munkfors, Värmland County. He studied at the school of Gerlesborg 1974-75 and at the Department of Fine Arts, Valand, 1980-84.
Lars Lerin is considered to be the world’s now living leading artist in the watercolor technique. He has had solo exhibitions and group exhibitions in art museums and galleries in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Germany, Norway and the United States. Lars Lerin’s work is exhibited in County Councils and Municipalities in Sweden and Norway. He has his own museum, Sandgrund Lars Lerin, dedicated to his art exclusively.
Lars Lerin is also a prolific author and has since his debute Utpost (1983), written and released more than fifty books.
In 2014, his book Naturlära (The lessons of Nature) was released by Albert Bonniers publishing house. The book consists of over 400 pages of paintings, texts, thoughts and notes by Lerin. It was one of the highlights of the year in the publishing business of Sweden. The book was awarded the August Prize 2014.
A few years back Lars Lerin has illustrated the book Om Vinteren, by Karl Ove Knausgård, and his TV-series, Vänligen Lars Lerin has been a huge success with over 1,300,000 viewers per episode, that also honored him not one, but two, Crystal Awards for Best Lifestyle show of 2016 and Best male TV-personality of 2016. A documentary about Lars Lerin has just been broadcasted on Swedish Television and he was honored the Royal medal Litteris et Artibus 2016. During 2016 he had an exhibition in USA and in 2017 he had several exhibitions in Norway. In 2018 he was presenting a large solo exhibition at the prestigious Liljevalchs Hall in Stockholm, Sweden that had over 189.000 visitors during the period May 18th to September 9th.
His new book was released in September of 2021, and a new TV-series has been produced. Lars Lerin waspresenting a solo exhibition at Åland Art Museum this summer and was honored the Sokrates Prize for his work in the arts and literature. Yet again a new TV series is being aired by SVT, Swedish National Television.
This year Lars Lerin is presenting an exhibition at Waldemarsudde, a prestigous historical landmark in Stockholm, Sweden, as well as in Oslo, Norway together with H.M Queen Sonja of Norway.