After completing an apprenticeship as an ornament sculptor Swedish sculptor John Lundqvist studied at the Technical Schools of Stockholm and København (Copenhagen) and from 1913 at the Académie Colarossi in Paris where Auguste Rodin encouraged him. Lundqvist furthered his education in København and Italy. Living again in Paris from 1919-27 Lundqvist was inspired by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin and Gothic sculptures. He also fashioned his work after the Swede Carl Milles. Lundqvist later took up residence in Stockholm. In the 1930s and 1940s, he worked as a consultant in various city and state institutions. He produced mostly ecclesiastical sculpture adornments, such as the The Resurrection Monument at the Holy Cross Chapel of the Woodland Cemetery in Stockholm. He also created the crucifix gilded figure of Christ inside the chapel. Additionally, he designed secular sculptures and fountains. For the 1936 art competitions he was a member of the jury.