|NINA MARIA LASSEN nee BENKO
Nina Lassen’s coloured fantasy images reveal a very reflective artist, who tries to co-create the world and makes this new world known to others as well. She carefully selects her lines, colours and their arrangement, in the process creating many hidden images, where evolving figures and elements of nature can be found.
Alenka Černelič Krošelj, Lecturer of Art History, Ethnologist and Cultural Anthropologist
Nina told us:
“I was born in 1948 in Ljubljana.
Came to Australia with my parents in 1957.
Education: Received a Diploma of Art & Design from Prahran College of Technology in 1971.
“I moved to Denmark in 1974.
I am still an Australian Citizen.
My life as far back as I can remember has been filled with art …
I grew up with art.
My friends from the art school always made fun of me (nicely of course).
They used to say that it must be like living in a museum.
Besides all the art my father had there to be restored, my parents were also collectors of art and antiques. So there was art everywhere . . .
I used to have friends over where we could learn the different art techniques.
Due to my art teacher and myself not getting on too well (he had the idea that all paintings should be done in plastic paint and masking tape), I dropped fine art as my major subject.
Because of this, half way I changed to Graphic Design.
So for the past 40 years I have had the privilege to design packaging.
A great deal of LEGO®.
In between, when time permits, I have done some painting (and hope to do a lot more now).”