The artist, journalist, photographer, writer, musician and editor Bengt O Björklund was born in Stockholm 1949. In 1968 he landed in jail in Istanbul for $ 20 worth of hash and met a bunch of international artists, poets and musicians. It was then he embarked on his artistic voyage as well as learning to cook, do yoga and generally get a life.
The source of his inspiration in Turkey was his Japanese friend, the artist Koji Morrishita and the Italian artist, poet, and Dadaist Antonio Rasile. When Bengt came back to Sweden 1973 he made up his mind about painting and decided to be an artist and started to work seriously. He also continued to write poetry.
1975 Bengt was in Copenhagen where he met the American folksinger and gallery owner Joe Banks. Joe offered Bengt to exhibit his oil paintings at the gallery, which he did. That was his first public exhibition. One year later Det genombrutna fönstret – Breaking through the window, his first book of poetry, was published at Inferi, an underground publishing house. Inferi also had a paper that frequently published the accounts of his travels through Europe. Two years later Inferi published Nådsökarna – Seekers of grace, his second book of poetry.
1983, after living a few years up in north of Sweden touring with a rock and reggae band, he moved to Brazil after having been invited by the musician Beto Quadros. For one year he toured the state of Sao Paolo with a Brazilian band together with his American wife Rose.
Bengt has written in English since his Turkish days, mostly because no one understood Swedish when He lived abroad.
Since four years back Bengt works as a journalist on É Romani Glinda – The Romany Mirror, Sweden’s only Roma paper and he is the editor of Aurora, a poetry magazine that comes four times a year. Besides having published two books of poetry in Swedish he is included in at least ten different anthologies.
Bengt also runs an art site on the Internet: www.andrasidan.nu