Known for bringing street art into new dimensions, Søren Behncke, also known as papfar, works with cardboard, painting, sculpture, and installation. His art transforms the lost and discarded from popular culture into paintings, sculptures, and performances known as street actions. These street actions take place in public spaces like city squares, monuments, and museums; and pose interventions that make the audience question the space and its symbolism.
Born in 1967 in Sønderborg, Denmark, Behncke now lives and works in Copenhagen. Behncke has been the recipient of countless grants for his artwork, including but not limited to the Jens Ejner og Johanne Larsens Foundation – Travel Grant (2007); The Pool of Culture Development, Aarhus (2008); Silkeborg Kunstnerlegat (2011); and The Art Council (2013).
Behncke’s work can be found in the collections of the Aarhus Art Museum, Vejle Art Museum, KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces, States Kunstfond, Aarhus Kommune, and Aabenraa Kommune. He has carried out his street actions in cities around the world, at festivals such as the Roskilde Festival and in public squares in cities like Brooklyn, New York City.