Dora Bendixen

Dora entered the state art and craft school of Norway at the age of 17, one year younger than normally permitted age.

Growing up with artist parents, -father painter, mother jewelry and clothes designer, she grew up with art, painting with oil in her fathers studio and often was called home from school to model for her fathers many painting commissions.

At college she studied sculpture,drawingand ceramics as a special. This brought her, at the age of 21, to take a year off school, to study ceramics in Japan, and Japanese culture in general.

After her ceramic diploma in 79, she immediately entered the Academy of Fine Arts of Oslo and studied sculpture, painting and drawing. The academy could mainly offer nude model studies. Her interest in space and structure moved her to study architecture under Sverre Fehn and Christian Nordberg-Schulz, and scenography at the Stockholm opera house.

Her first show was with a music composer Cecilie Ore; together they made space and time structures that filled an entire space in Oslo Art Union. (84)


Doras interest in sculpture and architecture gave her many commissions for monumental sculpture, while also cultivating large scale drawings and ink paintings, somewhat inspired by zen.

She has fountains and big scale sculptures placed all over Norway and has collaborated with some of Norways important architects.

This brought her to Pietrasanta, where she would produce all of her marble works.

She exhibited in galleries and art unions.


Slightly after the turn of the millennium, through an inner shift, she changed her expression to the figure.

As she was looking for the essential or simply what she felt was more important , she arrived, through a long detour, to her own conclusion of choosing the human figurewhile retaining a strong abstract quality.

She says, we are probably not more important than anything else in nature, but we understand and see things through our own perception of them. This brought to her work the idea of looking at ourselves, - the importance of understanding ourselves in order to understand anything at all.

After a period of study to master her theme, she started exhibiting anew, and almost immediately was given opportunities by  qualitygalleries.


Art magazines that has coved Doras work: 

RdA (Italy)

Barokkminimalist (Norway)

Kunst (Norway)


Exhibited in 

Sølvberget gallery, Stavanger, 

Kunstnerforbundet, Kunstnernes hus, LNM gallery , UKS, Government building gallery, Oslo

Gallery 3.14 and Langegaarden, Bergen,  

Han Art galleryMontreal,and Toronto art fair, 

Gallery Belle Arti, Maastricht, 

Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa, 

Piazza Duomo e stAgostinoPietrasanta

Galleria 8.75 Reggio Emilia, 

Castello DoriaPortovenere

Palazzo Pegaso, Firenze

Fondazione Tartani, Bologna, 

Among others.


Monumental works comprise the railway building in Lodalen by A Henriksen, Norwegian Embassadors garden in Copenhagen and outdoor monumental fountains in SarpsborgRøyken and Karmøy, in front of communal buildings.


Is represented in:


National gallery, Oslo (Nasjonalgalleriet)

Museum of contemporary art, Oslo (Samtidsmuseet)

Ambulating gallery of Norway (Riksgalleriet)

Norwegian cultural council (Kulturrådet)

Norwegian office of foreign affaires (UD)

Museo dei BozzettiPietrasanta

Collezione di arte contemporaneo del Consiglio della Regione di Toscana, Firenze

Private collections in France, Norway, Switzerland and Italy