Artist Statement

The Matera series: oil painting on mdf, 35 x 26 cm
»Paintings from 2018«

Next to you I
»Paintings from 2014«

Wrapped up and well protected but still cold, oil paint on mdf-board, 55 x 35 cm
»Paintings from 2022«

Matera series, oil painting on mdf, 40 x 28 cm
»Paintings from 2018«

From the series When is it a portrait, oil on paper, 40 x 30 cm
»Paintings from 2021«

The red dress and its carriers, 2017

Change in Identity I
»Paintings prior 2013«

Refugee V
»Paintings from 2015«

Ladies in line waiting II, 40 x 84 cm, 2019
»Paintings from 2019«

Mutation makes beauty

It is all about the red hair no 4, Oil paint on mdf 40 x 28 cm
»Paintings from 2016«

Takatalvi ja kevn paletti sekaisin, Oil on mdf-board, 30 x 30 cm
»Paintings from 2021«

Anybody=Nobody II
»Paintings prior 2013«

The river is freezing
»Paintings prior 2013«

With the perfect size to heaven, detail 3,

Timekeeper Ink and oil on mdf, 140 x 110 cm
»Paintings from 2020«

More Daughters

»Paintings from 2013«

Close relations
»Paintings from 2014«

Hopeful Encounters, oil on mdf, 30 x 30 cm
»Paintings from 2021«

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.