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.
The next book, Axels tid, released in Sweden 2015, as a beautiful book and in audio with music composed by former ABBA-member Benny Andersson. In Axels tid, he tells the story of Axel, in a straight forward and unsentimental way, about a destiny that is so close to us and yet feels so far. The book is illustrated by his stunning paintings of buildings, environments and people that are now gone.
Recently 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.
In 2018, his second TV-series was honored the Ria Award for Best program idea – Non Scripted, and the series was nominated for the Kristallen Award as well.
During 2019 he had a large exhibition in Helsinki, Finland, and a new book, his first book for children, was released in September and went straight up on all toplists. He was recently honored the Egron Lundberg medal by the Royal Academy of Arts. Lars Lerin was nominated for two TV Kristall awards in 2019 and was given the award for Soul of the year in Sweden.
In 2020 his second book for children was released and his art is presented at the Nordic Museum of Watercolor as well as exhibitions in Norway and Sweden. He was also the official host during Christmas eve at Swedish National Television.