Danish painter, born in Copenhagen and self-taught as an artist. His early paintings were abstract, but in the 1940s he turned to Expressionism and in 1948 became a founder member of the Cobra group. Characteristically he portrayed a fantastic world of palaces and princesses, demons and dwarfs. Pedersen became well known internationally when his work was shown at the Venice Biennale in 1962. There is a museum dedicated to him and his wife, the painter Else Alfelt (1910–74), at Herning in Denmark.
From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.