Artist Statement

Installation of 70 oil paintings each 40 x 28 cm

In my bubble there is bubble, oil painting, 100 x 70 cm
»Paintings from 2018«

The memory of her, Oil paint on mdf board, 40 x 28 cm
»Paintings from 2016«

The Morandi yellow, Oil painting, 50 x 150 cm.
»Paintings from 2017«

I wish youd seen his shoes, oil paint on paper, 40 x 30 cm
»Paintings from 2022«

The frozen pond
»Paintings prior 2013«

Why was she not a Forget-Me-Not, oil paint on mdf-board, 40 x 40 cm
»Paintings from 2022«

The wedding
»Paintings prior 2013«

The long goodbye, oil painting on mdf, 120 x 140 cm
»Paintings from 2018«

I am Going What about You Two, oil on mdf, 100 x 100 cm
»Paintings from 2021«

Archipelago, oil paint on mdf-board, 110 x 140 cm
»Paintings from 2022«

The townhall meeting, acrylic and oil on mdf-board. 110 x 140 cm, 2019
»Paintings from 2019«

Surface and undercurrents

The moment of wisdom
»Paintings from 2014«

What If Bellini Had Been Bellinda, acrylic and oil on mdf, 140 x 110 cm
»Paintings from 2020«

Forever Young IV
»Paintings from 2015«

Anybody=Nobody IX
»Paintings prior 2013«

From the series: Those who have no name, mixed media on mdf, 45 x 28 cm, 2019
»Paintings from 2019«

The light returns
»Paintings prior 2013«

Family, mixed media, 120 x 90 cm
»Paintings from 2018«

The Finnish painter and installation artist Maria Wolfram lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.

Identity, interaction, human condition and power are returning topics in Wolfram´s art. She exhibits frequently installations combining paintings and mixed media sculptures using oil, acrylic, ink and collage on linen, mdf-panel or card. In her sculptures she uses material such as stockings, textiles, knitted or chrocheted elements, shoes, hair and feathers. Materiality and an experimental approach often spiced with humour are important elements in Wolfram´s practice.

Wolfram looks at the world from a female perspective and she likes to challenge and confront the viewer with questions related to exclusion and inclusion. She draws inspiration from everyday encounters with people; contemporary posing culture where people create a particular identity for themselves and from a culture that is defined by the endless hunger to be seen.

Maria´s portraits capture intimate glimpses of fleeting moments of something unmasked and real. They seem to look back at us asking: What do you see when you look at me? Her work is an attempt to create a dialogue between the surface and the hidden and the public and the private. In this time of history in an increasingly dehumanized world Wolfram makes art that mirrors real human experiences and emotions.

Maria Wolfram graduated as Bachelor of Fine Art from Kingston University in London in year 2000 and as Master of Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of London in year 2002. Since then she has frequently exhibited her art and has had over 20 solo exhibitions both in Finland and abroad.

Maria Wolfram has received many awards and scholarships both in Finland and in England. She is also an active member of the Finnish artists community where she has had many positions of trust.