Sunniva McAlinden is a visual artist based in Stockholm. Involved in extending and redefining painting, she has 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 medium, symbol, space, and sensation she primarily works with painting, three-dimensional constructions and installation.


Solo shows include a major presentation at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2008). Group exhibitions include at Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, and at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm. Public art commissions include the stage curtain for the main auditorium of Moderna Museet Stockholm (1998), and large wall mosaics for the Odenplan station, Stockholm City Line Public Transport (2017). Her work is represented in major public collections in Sweden. 

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.

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