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Sunniva McAlinden is a visual artist based in Stockholm. She primarily works with painting, three-dimensional constructions and installation. Bringing the grid and the monochrome into play, she redresses minimalist aesthetics, constructs follies and tackles the function and interpretation of ornament. With emphasis on the articulation of colour as substance, symbol, space, and sensation she explores the material and perceptual possibilities of painting.


Solo shows include a major presentation at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (Folly, 2008). Participation in Group exhibitions include at Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, and Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm. Public art commissions include a large textile work at the main auditorium of Moderna Museet Stockholm (Ridå,1998), and mosaic murals at Odenplan station, Stockholm City Line Public Transport (Länk, 2017). Her work is represented in public collections in Sweden: Statens Konstråd, Stockholm konst, Offentlig konst Region Stockholm, Offentlig konst Region Uppsala.

Born in 1963 in Oslo, grew up in England and Norway.

Studied Fine Art at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden (19851990).

Former professor at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and at Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway.

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