Swedish artist Jonas Åkesson is regarded as one of the foremost portrait painters from the Skåne region of Sweden. His expressive and often enigmatic portraits were regarded highly during his lifetime and resulted in several awards.
Born in Malmö, Sweden to farmer, Ola Åkesson, and Lovisa Larsson.
As a young man, he worked as an apprentice painter in Malmö.
Admitted to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm and studied under Gustaf Cederström (1845-1933).
Awarded the Academy’s Royal Medal.
Studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris.
Received an honourable mention at the Paris Salon.
Married Margareta Hjertström.
Travelled to the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal and Spain.
Returned to Paris where he exhibited portraits at the Salon.
Married Baroness Elsa Gyllenstierna.
Birth of son, Ola.
Birth of son, Christian.
Birth of son, Thorkel.
Died in Bjärred, Sweden.