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