Mr. Sundqvist’s art work can be placed into two categories — contemporary prints  reminiscent of traditional European art rooted in Northern Renaissance illustrated book design; and mixed media work blending the border between print, painting, and installation. Over arching social, political, and environmental themes can be found in both his print and mixed media work.

“My aim is to open up a dialogue about existing relationships and integrated components — general misconceptions, cause and effect, and the accountability of corporations, governments, and consumers within those systems.”

Nils Henrik Sundqvist was born in Sweden in 1970, raised bilingually in Germany and moved to the United States in 1996. Since coming to the U.S., he has lived in Houston, Texas, Tucson, Arizona , and now Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Sundqvist earned a MFA in graphic communications from the University of Engineering & Technology in Mannheim, Germany and a second MFA in painting from the University of Houston, Texas. In Mannheim, Germany, he was introduced to typesetting and print making by typographer Hagen Kayser and artist Hubert Gems. While in Texas, Henrik met his mentor Luis Jiménez and got exposed to Chicano art and Mexican/U.S. border culture. Mr. Sundqvist's art combines various printmaking and mixed media techniques incorporating social, political, and environmental themes. Mr. Sundqvist is an affiliate of the print shop Discover Graphics at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and continues to exhibit his work in the Greater Washington area.

Solo Shows

MurcielagoSanto Shrine 022013 Sprays, Dusts, and Aerosols: A Chemical R/Evolution with David D’Orio, curated by Nancy Sausser, Exhibition Director, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
2011 "Flores Muertas," Northside Social gallery, Arlington, VA
1999 “FlowMe2," Louis P. Seigle Gallery, curated by Johannes Birringer, Winter Street Art Center, Houston TX
1999 “Chickenscratch," Small Projects Gallery, University of Houston TX
1998 Museum of Printing History, Houston TX

Group Shows

2013 Discover Graphics Atelier: 30 Years – 30 Artists, ArtsSpace Herndon, VA
2013 The Art of Political Change, MOCA, Washington DC, curated by Roy Utley

2012 Artomatic, Chrystal City, Alington, VA
2012 Hyattesville Gallery, "Handpicked," curated by Jesse Cohen

2011 The Washington Print Club's juried print show "Drawn to Washington 2," VisArts, Kaplan Gallery, Rockville, MD curated by Christine Neptune
2011 Discover Graphics Atelier group show, Frame Factory, Vienna, VA

2010 Artists Without Borders, MOCA, Washington DC, curated by Fareeha Khawaja
2010 Alternative Transportation, Northside Social, Arlington VA, curated by Alison Christ
2010 Brave New World, Adam Lister Gallery, Fairfax, VA, curated by Adam Lister
2010 F*ck the Machine, The Soundry

2009 Hyattesville Gallery, Patron's Exhibition curated by Jesse Cohen
2009 Creative Briefs mural comission by Arlington County Cultural Affairs for the new Arlington County Cultural Center in Rosslyn
2009 Finding Beauty In A Broken World: In The Spirit of Frida Kahlo,  Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center, Washington, DC, curated by F. Lennox Campello
2009 Art on Paper, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis MD, curated by LuLen Walker, Art Collection Curator at Georgetown University

2008 Aftermath, Target Gallery, Alexandria VA, curated by Laurel Reuter, Founder and Chief Curator of the North Dakota Museum of Art
2008 All Arlington Salon 08, Ellipse Center, Arlington VA
2008 Wall Mountables, DCAC, Washington DC
2008 Social Justice Art Show, Arlington VA Central Libarary, Arlington VA

2007 Images of Justice, The Catholic University of America, Washington DC
2007 Artomatic, Chrystal City, Arlington, VA
2007 Anomymous III, Flashpoint, Washington DC
2007 Handpulled, Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA, juried by Joan Boudreau, Curator, Graphic ArtsCollection, Smithsonian Institution

2006 All Arlington Salon, Ellipse Art Center, Arlington VA, juried by Andrea V. Uravitch, Arlington, artist Juror’s Choice Award
2006 8th Annual All-Media Exhibition, Touchstone Gallery, curated by Paula Amt, owner of Gallery Plan b, Washington DC
2006 NoWo Gallery, curated by Jay Rees, Washington DC
Museum Of Modern ARF, curated by John Aaron, Arlington VA
Artomatic, Washington DC
Etchings And Drawings, MFA Gallery, curated by Katherine Blood, fine print curator at the Library of Congress, Baltimore MD
Post This…, Studio Gallery, curated by Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post art critic, Waschington DC
Lawndale Gallery, curated by Don Bagicalupi, director of the Blaffer Gallery, Houston TX
1999 One Night Hang, curated by Lee Steffy, senior curator of the Moody Gallery, Houston TX
Critic’s Choice 98,Visual Art Center Dallas, TX , curated by Stephen Vollmer, curator El Paso Museum of Art and Elizabeth Ferrer director, Austin TX Museum of Art
Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, Sam Houston State University, curated by James Surls, Huntsville TX


2013 Artist Spotlight Grant, administered by Arlington Commission for the Arts, and co-sponsorship of Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO)
2007 Top X selection in Albuquerque, NM for the 48 Hour Film Project Poster Awards
2006 Artist Juror’s Choice Award, All Arlington Salon, Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA, juried by Andrea V. Uravitch
2004 Top X Official Pick List, poster exhibition, Artomatic 2004, Washington, DC, selected by Kristen Hileman, assistant curator of the Hirshhorn Museum


2010 Leadership Panel "An Artist's Perspective: A Candid Panel Discussion" during Leadership Arlington's 2010 Arts Day
2008 Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Public Art Selection Panel for Metro Arts in Transit Program, Arts Council of Fairfax County


1997 Friends of Fine Arts Scholarship, University of Houston
1996 Wray Trust Painting Scholarship, University of Houston


1996 – 1999 MFA (major in painting and printmaking) at the University of Houston TX
1992 – 1996 MFA (major in graphic design) at the Fachhochschule Mannheim, Germany