Vincent Flemming
Vincent was born in Copenhagen in 1947. Named “Flemming Vincent Hansen”.

He grew up in a working class family, with his father, his mother, and two sisters. Vincent left school at the age of 14. Because, as his father said, ”You can’t become and artist, this is something you have to be born with, so find yourself an apprenticeship.”

Vincent became a waiter. After having ended his apprenticeship he worked within his trade and apart from working as a waiter he worked as a hotel manager and built his own Café in the mid-eighties.
He also worked as a head waiter on ferryboats for two years.

In the 60´s and 70´s Vincent played in various rock bands. (He had started playing drums at the age of 12).

Vincent lived for 10 years as a professional musician, with different jobs in between, such as professional diver, designer of clothes, independent bus owner, Thatcher, blacksmith, bricklayer’s assistant, and various other jobs. At the age of 30 he took a Higher Preparatory Course. His filosophy was that if you want to paint people and the conditions of their lives, you have to get out there and work together with them.

Since 1970, pictorial art has played an increasingly important part in his life. In the mid-seventies, he spent some years with different artists and took courses with them. Furthermore, he attended drawing courses for two years at the Ny Carlsberg Glytotek,
a renowned Danish art museum.

In 1974, Vincent had the first exhibition of his paintings.
In the following years he works in various communities of artists.

In the 80´s Vincent is a member of the central board of the Danish Visual Artists Union.

In 1981, Vincent is a co-founder of Syntese (Synthesis), an art and culture community, together with painter Per Johan Svendsen and sculptor Steen Krarup Jensen.

From 1981 to 1989, Vincent has a series of big exibitions in Denmark and France. Among other places, on Charlottenborg, the Art Museum Louisiana, and Ateliers Portes-ouvertes in Paris.

Vincent was one of the representatives of Syntese, on the Nordic cultural delegation’s great trip to Nicaragua, around the turn of the year 1988-89, where he played a major part in Syntese’s decorations in this country. (The National Library in Managua, Hotel Litto in Managua, and the school in Sebaco, in the Maiagalpa Mountains).

At the end of 1989, Vincent was among the members of Syntese, whor participated in the Nordic Cultural Festival in Trindheim, Norway, where he made a great contribution in the carrying out of Syntese’s 25x3 meter decoration in the city’s harbour.

In 1990, Vincent painted Syntese´s big mural with an astronomical clock on Nørrebro, Copenhagen. The titel of the mural is ”A stranger is a friend you haven’t met yet”.

At Syntese’s big exibition ”Den Lange Rejse” (The Long Journey), on Charlottenborg in 1989, all of Vincent’s works were seized by the tax authorities and the police, due to a bankruptcy in 1986. Syntese took the matter to court and after 3 years and 2 different courts, supported by the Visual Artist’s Association and Copydan, because of the principal nature of the case, Syntese won and Vincent was given back most of his works.
After the trial, Vincent all but turned his back on the established world of art in Denmark and moved to Sydhavnen (the Southern Harbour) in Copenhagen. Here, he built his own studio out of recycled material, in which, since 1990, he has been working on a project that he calls ”the World as seen from a shed in Sydhavnen”. He finds his subjects in the news media for a series of large three-dimensional portraits
In 1996, he went to Africa to do more murals, plus a series of exhibitions in Tanzania and neighbouring countries.

In 1998, Vincent and visual artist Lars Kraemmer developed the concept ”Art Money”. More than 500 artists are involved in this at present.

In the new millennium several exhibitions have been arranged in connection with
”Art Money” around the world, in cities like Vancouver, New York and Amsterdam.

In 2002, Vincent was elected chairman of COAST (Center of art science and technology).

In 2004, Vincent has been invited as a visiting professor by the Art College of Inner Mongolia University. (Academy of fine art, China).

Julie 2004 he was 1 of 50 artist from all over the world, making murals and sculptures in the United Nations project “First Encounter of World Artist for Honduras” Arte Para Todos / Art For All. In Tegucigalpa Honduras.

Books
WEILBACH, dansk kunstnerleksikon
Så er der fernisering, Ole Lindboe
Leksikon for det 21. århundrede, Solidaritet
Dansk Kunst, Forlaget Palle Fogtdal, flere årgange
Kunst på muren, Lene Skytthe
The Murals of Revolutionary Nicaragua, David Kunzle

Represented at the National Museum of Modern Art Tegucigalpa Honduras

Guest Professor at the Art Academy of Inner Mongolia University Huhhot China 2005
Guest Professor at the Art Academy of Xiamen University Xiamen China 2005 - 2006

Exhibitions & Murals
Art Academy of Xiamen University Xiamen China (mural painting) 2005
Gallery Nihaonet Xiamen China 2005
Jimei University Xiamen 361021, Fujian Province, P.R. of China 2005
Art Academy of Inner Mongolia University Huhhot China 2005
Inner Mongolia Normal College Huhhot China 2005
Sallingsund Museum (ArtMoney) 2005
Hotel General Tegucigalpa Honduras 2004
Salon Cultural Tegucigalpa Honduras 2004
Mural Painting Hospital Escuela Tegucigalpa Honduras 2004
Paludan København 2003
Digital House København 2003
ArtMoney Øksnehallen København 2003
20/20 Vision Malmø Sverige 2002
20/20 Vision København 2001 — 2002
Påskeudstilling Helligkors Kirke april 2001
Andre Emile Gallery Vancouver Canada ”Art Money ”Sep. 2000
Tribes Gallery Ave C & D New York USA “Art Money “ august 2000
Mural Painting Rosenberg Gjesthus Bergen Norge 1999
Rådhushallen Bergen Rådhus ” F N udstilling” Norge november 1999
Bergen Kunstforening ” Kroppen i tide og utide ” Norge november 1999
Tasseron Strandgade 10 København 1998
Skagen Festival Skagen juli 1997
Amager Centret København 1997
Nyumba ya Sanaa, Dar es Salaam juli 1996.
TCDC Arusha Tanzania juli 1996.
Masai Market at Karatu Town Tanzania juni 1996
Mural painting Sukuma Museum Mwanza. Tanzania 1996
Mural painting Bulabo Danceplaces Kisesa. Tanzania 1996
Bujora Cultural Centre Mwanza Tanzania juni 1996
Tidsglimt. Hedehuset Roskilde maj 1996
Børsen København (Round Table) 1996
International house Brygg-huset Helsingborg Sverige 1996
Houhallen 1995 Mural painting Hou skole 1994
Kunstbibloteket Gentofte Vangede 1994
Kellerdirk København 1993
Den Grå Hal Christiania 1992
Toldkamret Helsingør 1991
Mural painting Københavns Sydhavn 1991
Dokkerne Trondheim Norge 1990
Mural painting Trondheim Norge
Tre Falke København 1990
Kunstnernes Hus Århus (Racismen har ingen fremtid) 1989
Det Åbne Teater Oslo. Norge 1989
Mural painting Korsgade. København. 1989
KB Hallen København 1989
Stadion Manacua Nicaragua. 1989
San José Costa Rica. 1989
Mural painting Sebaco Matagalpa Nicaragua. 1989
Mural painting Hotellito Nicaragua 1989
Mural painting National biblioteket Manacua Nicaragua 1988
Charlottenborg (Syntese “Den lange rejse”) 1989
Moderne Dansk Kunst. Biennale Køge Bugt. 1988
Det Gyldne Krus. København. 1988. 1989. 1990. 1991. 1992. 1993
Balderskilde stedet for moderne kunst. København. 1988
Medborgerhuset Ahlefeldsgade. 1987
Høring om kunstens fremtid. Udstilling og paneldiskussion
Cafe Vincent. Haslev. 1986. 1987
Form & Figur. Vordingborg. (udsmykning) 1985
Efterårsudstillingen Charlottenborg. 1984
Medborgerhuset Blågårds Plads. “Danske Myter” . 1985
Nørrebro kulturfestival. København. 1984
Musikhuset. Århus festuge juli 1984
Kunstnernes Påskeudstilling. Århus Kunstbykning. 1984
Højskolen Odder. 1984
Helligåndshuset. København. 1983. 1984
Odder Rådhus. 1984
Ateliers Portes-ouvertes Canal de l`ourcq. Paris. France 1983
Thorasminde. Gladsaxe Kunstkreds. 1983
Sommerudstillingen Thirstruphallen. Jylland 1983
Galleri Cha Cha. Herning. 1983
Charlottenborgs Forårsudstilling 1983. 1984
Louisianna (Krig & Menneske) 1981
Galleri Tema København 1981
Nyhavn 31 1978
Galleri Helliggeist 1978
Den Frie dec. 1977
Hotel Phønix St. Heddinge 1975
Værkstedsudstilling Møllegården Ll. Heddinge 1974.

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