In her art practice, Sunniva McAlinden, has addressed the formal and the formless, investigated modernist dogma, examined the grid, redressed minimalist aesthetics, painted the fold, constructed follies, and tackled the function of ornament. With emphasis on the articulation of colour as substance, symbol and sensation she continues to explore the material and perceptual possibilities of painting.
Solo shows include a major exhibition at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2008). Group exhibitions include shows at Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, and Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm. Large-scale public commissions include the design of a stage curtain for the main auditorium of Moderna Museet Stockholm (1998), and the two wall mosaics at Odenplan station, Stockholm City Line Public Transport (2017). Her work is represented in major public collections in Sweden and Norway. She has held positions as associate professor and professor at the fine art department at Bergen National Academy of the Arts and is currently professor and head of the MFA programme in Medium and Material-based Art at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Born in 1963 in Oslo, grew up in Leeds, England, moved to Norway in 1977.
Studied Fine Art at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden.
Lives in Stockholm.