Øivind Nygård was born in Norway but lived in Denmark from 1966. He studied at The School of Decorative Art 1973-77 and at The Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen 1977-83 with Willy Ørskov as professor among others. He was associate professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Art in 1990-97 and received the Eckersberg Medal in 2002. From 2004 he was member of the artist association Grønningen. Øivind Nygård created several sculptures for public space, and his works are represented at museums such as Sorø Museum of Art, KØS Museum for art in public space, Horsens Museum of Art, Brandts Museum of art and visual culture, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Arken Museum of Modern Art and The National Gallery of Denmark.