Studied at the Valand College of Art, Gothenburg 1982-1987. Since 1985 he has had a number of exhibitions in Sweden and abroad. He is represented in Malmö Museum, Gothenburg museum, Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm and the Swedish Arts Council among others. "Where does an artist find his material? That is a legitimate question when one comes to Ernst Billgren´s art. For him itseems that no motif is impossible to incorporate in a work of art, no material too strange to use.
He selects and borrows from art history´s various styles and from everything that constitutes our Swedish everyday life. Romantic lakes, countryside and animals are incorporated in picturesand sculptures with the help of everything from oils and drawings to batik and mosaics. when Ernst Billgren uses our Swedish reality, with everything from bellowing deer and chirping wagtails to Carl Larsson, he seems to want to make us at ease with what surrounds us - so that we can accept it for what it is".