Born 1962 in Luleå, Sweden, Andersson studied at the Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, from 1986 to 1993. Inspired by filmic imagery, theatre sets, and period interiors, Karin Mamma Andersson‘s compositions are often dreamlike and expressive. While stylistic references include turn-of-the-century Nordic figurative painting, folk art, and local or contemporary vernacular, her evocative use of pictorial space and her juxtapositions of thick paint and textured washes is uniquely her own. Her subject matter revolves around evocative, melancholic landscapes and nondescript, private interiors.Read More
In 2011, Andersson’s work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Museum Haus Esters in Krefeld, Germany. She had her first museum solo exhibition in the United States at the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, in 2010, and her first solo exhibition in Ireland at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, in 2009. In 2007, she was the subject of a critically acclaimed, mid-career survey at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, which traveled to the Kunsthalle Helsinki and the Camden Arts Centre, London.
Work by the artist has been included in a number of recent group exhibitions, including the Scandinavia House, New York (2011); Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall (2010); Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (both 2008). In 2006, the artist won the Carnegie Art Award, a prestigious prize for Nordic contemporary painting, which received a corresponding exhibition that traveled extensively throughout Europe. Her work was represented in the Nordic Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).
Andersson’s works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the Dallas Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. She lives and works in Stockholm.
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