Einstein Kristiansen rocketed to fame after hosting his own show; Art Factory. Art Factory had a total sum of 3 seasons. He is a Norway artist. He was stuck in Singapore after running low monetarily during his backpacking trip around SouthEast Asia. Hence, he began to draw his trademark cartoons at Clark Quay. These drawings succeeded in luring attention and he began to have an expanding pool of avid fans for him here. He was featured on The Straits Times. He emerged onscreen in the mid-1990s. Einstein Kristiansen's name was also caught up in a controversial situation when there were claims that he was snatching Albert Einstein's identity. Thus, Einstein Kristiansen reverted to his original name; Oinstein Kristiansen.
I have watched the 3 seasons of Art Factory when I was much younger as a child, and I was always intrigued by the way Kristiensten was able to make such simple objects so creatively into beautiful artworks.
If I even had any creative vibes/cells, it must be inspired by this fabulous host. As a child, I have always been amazed by visual arts - I still am - though I am never really good at it. Watching episodes from Art Factory never falls to make me smile in awe at the brilliance of creativity and the arts.
It is sad that I no longer see him around in children show because he is not only a great host and artist, he has a amiable disposition and friendly face that kids won't mistake as a paedophile.
Fun Fact: I had always thought Einstein, the one who created light bulb, was him - until my brother told me otherwise when I was 10.
This show was the show that made me fall in love with hands-on activity and arts and crafts which later fuelled my interest in art. Although I no longer follow the series - and perhaps it may have stopped - I will never forget the engaging way Einstein Kristiansten taught art.
I once saw him in a hotel when I was younger, but I was too shy to say hi. I did laugh at him though, because I've always associated him with "funny man on tv", and seeing him in real life made things funnier!
Although his programs do not really interest me anymore at the age I'm at, I'm glad I had the chance to watch him when I was younger.
I got to meet Einstein in real life years ago when I was at Club Med Bintan during the SARS period. He was there to give an art workshop. I sort of got to get close to him, but I was a kid and I wasn't really aware of what I was doing. Plus, I 'joined' the workshop late so I missed pretty much almost everything other than the end.
I feel that Einstein can really connect with children, be it on the television or in real life. He knows how to behave around them and he knows what he's doing. He's really friendly and fun to be with, and I guess that's why Art Factory was/is such a hit to kids, especially the art-loving ones, maybe!