Herleik Kristiansen was born in1947. He lives in Harstad, Northern Norway. Herleik Kristiansen was in the 1960s, diagnosed as “developmentally challenged.” In Nord-Norges Åndssvakehjem he was offered crafts as a subject by Trastad School, where his artistic talent was discovered. Over the last 40 years he has worked with various artistic techniques, the two most prominent being lino cut and ceramic. Trastad Samlinger documents a significant part of the development in Herleik Kristiansen’s oeuvre. Today Kristiansen´s work astounds us through its originality, power of expression and technical precision. He has had exhibitions all over the world, been commissioned for several public buildings and his works are in the collections of the Norwegian Cultural Council, the National Gallery and National Museum.