A native of Sweden, Kent Ullberg is recognized as one of world’s foremost wildlife sculptors. He studied at the Swedish University College of Art in Stockholm and worked at museums in Germany, the Netherlands and France. He now calls Texas home.
Ullberg has won numerous awards from the art organizations to which he belongs including Allied Artists of America, the National Arts Club, the National Sculpture Society and the Society of Animal Artists.
In 1990, Ullberg’s peers elected him a full academician, making him the first wildlife artist since John James Audubon to receive one of the greatest tributes in American art. He also received the Prix de West Purchase Award, the foremost recognition in Western art, in 1998. He received the Henry Hering Medal twice from the National Sculpture Society for outstanding collaboration amongst patron, architect and sculptor for his monumental sculptures. Ullberg also received the Rungius Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the National Museum of Wildlife Art that is given to artists, authors and conservationists who have made significant contributions to the interpretation and conservation of wildlife and its habitat.
Throughout summer 2017 the Carl Millesgarden Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, hosted a retrospective show featuring 42 of Ullberg’s sculptures. In September 2019 Ullberg installed a 21-foot monument, titled Wings of Hope, Hands of Healing, at the Mays Cancer Center in San Antonio, Texas, which he dedicated to the physicians and medical personnel of the institute.