Artist Statement

Mutation makes beauty

»Paintings from 2015«

Forgotten, oil painting on mdf, 120 x 80 cm
»Paintings from 2020«

My painting in good company, oil painting on mdf, 120 x 140 cm
»Paintings from 2018«

Ice princess II
»Paintings prior 2013«

The Tokyo Totem, oil on mdf, 240 x 60 x 60 cm, 2019
»Paintings from 2019«

The golden handshake
»Paintings from 2014«

Out of the uniform
»Paintings from 2015«

From the series: The dream of eternal youth, Oil paintings
»Paintings from 2016«

Missing home, Oil on mdf-board, 30 x 30 cm
»Paintings from 2021«

Who are all these children and why do they keep calling me mum?, Oil painting, 100 x 135 cm.
»Paintings from 2017«

From the series Free floating, Oil paint on mdf board, 40 x 28 cm
»Paintings from 2016«

The Quartet

Cloudrunners, oil on paper, 70 x 100 cm
»Paintings from 2019«

Anybody=Nobody V
»Paintings prior 2013«

There is room

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

Just go, oil painting on mdf, 130 x 100 cm
»Paintings from 2018«

Dancing in the moonlight, oil painting on mdf, 30 x 30 cm
»Paintings from 2018«

Take off

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.