Irène K:son Ullberg (IKU) was born in Strängnäs, Sweden in 1930. Her works draw inspiration from Fauvism, Impressionism, Expressionism, and Realism. She paints mainly in watercolor, oil, and graphic arts. IKU has developed a concept known as Realism and Poetry.

Quote by Irène: "The mission of an artist is to bring forth a sensitivity for the values of life."