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Kaja Norum

Kaja Norum (born April 17, 1989) is a Norwegian model and figurativist painter.[1] A former student and protégé of painter Odd Nerdrum,[2] Norum is devoted to Nerdrum's philosophy of Kitsch painting, and is a part of The Kitsch Movement spawned by Nerdrum. After the latter relocated to France in 2011, Norum is the primary caretaker of his gallery and his estate.[3]

Kaja Norum
Born (1989-04-17) April 17, 1989 (age 29)
Lørenskog, Norway
Known forPainting, modeling


Early life and educationEdit

Born in Lørenskog, Akershus. Norum attended the Rudolf Steiner School in Lørenskog graduating in 2005, after which she enrolled at the Oslo City Steiner School. After graduating from high school in 2008, Norum relocated to Stavern in order to study under kitsch painter Odd Nerdrum at his seaside gallery.[4]



After studying under Nerdrum in Stavern for three years, Norum debuted with her own exhibition in June 2011. The exhibition, which consisted of figurative artworks turned out to be a success with the majority of the artworks being sold on the opening day. It attracted large attention with the most famous painting depicting comedian Sturla Berg-Johansen with an erect penis.[5] The painting, "Homo ludens" valued at US$14.500, was sold to an anonymous buyer.[6] It was speculated that the buyer was either hotel tycoon Petter Stordalen or business magnate Stein Erik Hagen,[7] however it was later revealed that it was actually a gourmet restaurant in Oslo that had made the purchase.[8] In August 2012 Norum opened her second exhibition, at the Gallery Soon in Son in Vestby.[9]


Norum has done modeling for the magazines Det Nye and Alfa.[2] In January 2013 she appeared in the magazine Kamille doing nude photos.[10]


  1. ^ Treborg, Ingrid Marie (1 October 2010). "Slik ble norske Kaja elskerinnen til Tommy Lee". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  2. ^ a b Nyfløt, Hilda (16 October 2011). "- Jeg stilte opp fordi det er morsomt å posere". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  3. ^ Hegseth, Morten (16 August 2011). "Nerdrums stjerneelev flytter in på kunstgården". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  4. ^ Olsen, Elisabeth (7 April 2010). "I Nerdrums fotspor". Romerikes blad (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  5. ^ Kristiansen, Sandra Marie (26 June 2011). "Sturla Berg Johansen pryder maleri med erigert penis". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  6. ^ Treborg, Ingrid Marie (28 August 2011). "Kaja Norum overrasket med penismaleri: – Sturla-bildet var selvfølgelig planlagt". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  7. ^ Lunde, Mikael (29 June 2011). "Vil ikke ha Sturlas penis på veggen". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  8. ^ Lunder, Martine (5 July 2011). "Humordronning kjøpte omstridt bilde: - Alle skal få se naken-Sturla". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  9. ^ Andersen, Christina (4 August 2012). "– Jeg er ikke særlig sjenert I dag åpner Kaja Norum en ny utstilling på Galleri Soon". Moss avis (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  10. ^ Bjørnstad, Guro (2 January 2013). "- Odd Nerdrum snakket alltid om at det skulle være "kjøttfullt"". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 January 2013.

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