Lennart Jirlow applied and was accepted at the University College of Arts, Crafts & Design in Stockholm at the age of 16, becoming the year’s youngest student. After completing his studies, Jirlow took a trip around Europe, pausing in Florence, among other places, to study at the Accademia di Belle Arti. Jirlow has lived in Paris for some time, where he is still active as a painter. He had his first show in Stockholm at the age of 22, but his career took off in earnest in 1965, when he debuted in Paris. Jirlow is known for his naive and colorful depictions of restaurant life, street scenes and gardens in bloom, inspired by places in both France and Sweden. He has also painted numerous portraits of Swedish cultural figures including Jan Malmsjö, Jarl Kulle, Evert Taube, Povel Ramel, Maj-Britt Nilsson and Karl Gerhard.