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Meta Isæus-Berlin

Biography

Meta Isæus-Berlin’s artistry is defined by a unique ability to blur the boundaries between dreams and reality, creating a psychoanalytical symbolism that is both ominous and illuminating. Her paintings weave new meanings from familiar stories and art history, incorporating fragments of domestic life, fairy tales, and spiritual elements into a rich tapestry of images. This distinctive approach was showcased in her solo exhibition "Nattlogik" at Waldemarsudde in 2019. 
 
Her works often feature surreal elements within familiar scenes, exploring the complexities of human emotions and experiences. The transition from installation art to painting allowed Isæus-Berlin to delve deeper into these themes, presenting faceless figures and surreal landscapes that evoke a sense of otherworldliness. Her mastery of colour and composition draws the viewer into a captivating world where reality and imagination interact.  
 
Educated at the Royal Institute of Art, Konstfack, and the Friends of Handicraft, Meta Isæus-Berlin began her career with a strong focus on installation art. She had her breakthrough in the mid-1990s, representing Sweden in several international biennials, including the Venice Biennale in 1997 and the Istanbul Biennial. Her major mid-career retrospective at Liljevalchs in 2006 marked a significant shift in her artistic journey, leading her to focus primarily on painting. 
 
Isæus-Berlin’s career includes notable exhibitions in South Africa, Melbourne, and various locations in Sweden, Europe, and the USA. She also served on the board of Moderna Museet between 2002 and 2008, further cementing her influence in the Swedish art scene. Her recent exhibitions continue to captivate audiences, showcasing her evolving visual language and reinforcing her status as a significant figure in contemporary art.

Selected press

SVD: Meta Isæus-Berlin har hittat hem till måleriet
SR: Meta Isæus-Berlins karantän födde nytt måleri
Art Notes: Meta Isaeus-Berlin öppnar upp livet
Aftonbladet: Verk som drömlikt vrider på verkligheten
Vogue Scandinavia: How Meta Isæus-Berlin made a name for herself painting her four-legged friends

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