The painter Rafael Gyllenbjörn was born in France. He worked for a while as an engineer in the French army. In 1968 at the age of 21 Rafael did what he always dreamt of doing. He left France and moved to Sweden, and it was there he finaly startded to take painting seriously. He keept painting until the day he died in 2002, at the age of 55. He and his wife moved all over Euorpe, they lived in Belgium, Italy, Denmark and south of Spain where Rafael spent his last seven years.