Rune Wanler had his debut exhibition together with Stig Winnerskog in 1959. He lived in Boden his whole life and was from the beginning of his artistic career influenced by the puristic painting of Stig Sandberg. Later on he developed an increasingly expressionistic and colouristic painting. Quite contrary to the other artists of Bodenskolan, Wanler often chose to paint human beings and human relations instead of nature sceneries.