Born in Oslo 18 august 1981. After a childhood with strong ties to the arts, Toffe Bogen began his artistic training at Oslo Drawing and painting school in 2002. He was there introduced to life drawing and oil painting. Painting with oils on canvas immediately cought his interest, here he finished a three year diploma in painting and drawing. Wanting to learn more about classical art and its techniques Toffe looked abroad to the school The Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. The school is a modernization of academic residency training from 1900-'s. With drawing and anatomy studies as the foundation for both painting and sculpture. Completing a three year diploma in sculpture 2008 he also did a 2 year specialization in painting. In 2010 he returned to the school as an instructor in drawing.
His work has been shown in galleries and shows in Europe, America and the Caribbean.
"With my sculptures, I work in clay and then cast in bronze. I paint with oil and draw with charcoal. Depicting reality as I see fit, using craft traditions."
Toffe returned to Oslo in 2014 after years abroad in Italy and the Caribbean.
He is currently a studio resident at the renowned artist collective Ekely in Oslo where he continues to draw, paint, sculpt and tutor.
2010- 2012: The Florence Academy of Art, Drawing Instructor/ 2 year Scolarship. Florence/ Italy
2008- 2010: The Florence Academy of Art, 2 year Specialization Painting. Florence/ Italy.
2005- 2008: The Florence Academy of Art, 3 year Diploma Sculpture. Florence/ Italy.
2002- 2005: Oslo Drawing & Painting School, 3 year Diploma Painting. Oslo/ Norway.
2018: Galleri Nobel
2016: A- Team Summer, Group Show Gallery A, Vibes gt. Oslo/ Norway.
2016: The Peacock, Group Show Grunerløkka, Oslo/ Norway.
2015: A- Team Winter, Group Show Gallery A, Vibes gt. Oslo/ Norway.
2014: Local Landscapes, Solo Exhibition Montpellier Plantation, Nevis/ West- Indies.
2013: Caribbean Paintings, Solo Exhibition Four Seasons Resort, Nevis/ West- Indies.
2013: Caribbean Postcard, Galleri A, Solo Exhibition Oslo/ Norway.
2012: Alumni Exhibition Group Show, Richard J. Massey Foundation. New York/ US.
2012: Alumni Exhibition Group Show, J.W. Patterson Gallery. London/ UK
2011: Concilio Europeo dell`Arte, Group Show Bertolli Gallery, Venice/ Italy.
2010: The Society of Portrait Sculptors, Group Show The Gallery 28, Cork st. London/ UK.
2010: Gallery Harald Kjeldaas, Group Show Oslo/ Norway.
2010: The Fifth Alumni Exhibition, Corsini Stables, Group Show Florence/ Italy.
2010: Young Collectors Show, Ann Long Fine arts. Group Show Charleston, S.Carolina, US.
2009: The Fourth Alumni Exhibition, W.h. Patterson Gallery. Group Show London/ UK.
2009: The Society of Portrait Sculptors, Group Show ( Honorable mention,young artist of the year.) London/ UK.
2009: The Fourth Alumni Exhibition, Group Show Florence/ Italy.