Nº56 Mamma AnderssonNú Ninja Helga Mjöll
Anna Karin Andersson, or better known as Mamma Andersson, is a contemporary painter originating from Sweden. She attended the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm for five years which is where she gained her stage name “Mamma”. Although her interest in painting piqued at a young age, it was later during her time at school in which she began to paint her traditional landscapes. These scenic views were inspired from what she saw while taking her two sons on walks.
To speak more on the style of her artwork, Andersson’s paintings are typically known for their quiet, dreamlike quality. This style was inspired by filmic imagery, theatre sets and period interiors. Thus, her work is often shown depicting domestic interiors and snowy landscapes, many which draw on her Nordic background of figurate painting and traditional folk art.
Since 2004 Andersson has been represented by the David Zwirner gallery. It was not until 2010 where Andersson got her first solo exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado. Since then her work has been featured in museums all around the world including Dublin, Germany and the United States. Her art can be found in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and more. Mentioned in a previous article that can be read here, the Venice Biennale is an art festival that helps to facilitate the national representation of the Nordic countries including Sweden. It was during the 50th Biennale in 2003 that Andersson was the representative of the Nordic countries. Currently, Andersson lives and works in Stockholm.