Jacob Stangerup was born in 1971 in Denmark, today he lives and works in Copenhagen. During a four-year period between 1996 and 2000, Stangerup lived with the sculptor Jørgen Haugen Sørensen in Pietrasanta, Italy. Stangerup has not have any classical schooling and is considered an autodidact, his interest and knowledge for the classical arts and sculpture, however, is palpable.
Today, Stangerup’s practice is focused on drawings, the interest for classical sculpture as well as African and Mexican fertility sculptures shines through in his figurative work and how he portrays the human anatomy. Stangerup’s technique in drawings is the same as in his sculpturing: small pieces are put together, little by little. The end results are drawings which references photorealism, popular culture, and great artists like Gerhard Richter, Jean Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.
Stangerup has exhibited at places such as the Nivaagaard Collection of Paintings, Nivå, Denmark; Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark; Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art, Stockholm; and Sophienholm, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.