Born in Rudkøbing, Denmark, in 1973, Bjørn Okholm Skaarup was an illustrator on staff at the Danish National Museum, Copenhagen, from 1994 - 2004, before moving to Florence and receiving a PhD from the European University Institute in 2009. While in Florence, he studied the work of
Renaissance sculptors Donatello, Cellini, and Giambologna. He also wrote and illustrated books on history, archaeology, and anatomy.
Recent solo exhibitions in the U.S. include Bronze Creatures Great and Small at Cavalier Galleries in New York, Carnival of the Animals at the Washington National Cathedral, DC, September 21 - November 28, 2016, and at the Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT, October 31, 2015 - January 3, 2016.
In 2015, the Collectivité of St. Barthélemy (St. Barth’s) acquired a suite of 10 animal sculptures for public display throughout the island.
Skaarup’s sculptures have been exhibited at the Koldinghus Museum, Denmark; and in Italy at Museo del Cenacolo di Ognissanti, Florence; the Four Seasons Hotel, Florence; and Hotel Cipriani, Venice. Bjørn Okholm Skaarup lives and works in New York City. He is a member of the
Royal British Society of Sculptors.
Currently, his first monumental public installation, "Hippo Ballerina" is on view at Dante Park (64th & Broadway) across from Lincoln Center. The sculpture will be on public exhibition through July 2017.