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Martina M


“The Artist”

Martina, with her distinct philosophical mind, exceptional artistic mastery and irresistible green eyes is our eleventh portrait.

As a painter and draughtsman, and as one of the most celebrated artists in the contemporary Scandinavian scene, Martina’s paintings touch on something both intimate and distant, both sacred and profane where the real subject is the parenthesis that constitutes the existence between birth and death.

Martina’s paintings go beyond the physical figure of the subject, exploring the psychological dimension of the person’s mind and emotions, capturing a palpable stillness, like a fateful, subconscious premonition. As if the painting has brought time to a halt.

Almost all the subjects Martina chooses to represent tell a part of herself. They are close to home, focusing on immediate family; children growing up, loved ones disappearing, the hardship of adulthood etc

Each work is patiently executed with time-consuming precision and meticulous details. As a contrast, within the paint-blotched walls of her vast atelier, Martina surrounds herself with a deliberate disorder. Piles of stacked books, reams of papers, discarded painting materials, empty food boxes and used teabags scattered over the floor, as if she wanted to liberate herself from her surroundings to fully be able to concentrate on her work.

As Francis Bacon once said :
« I think chaos may be a spur to create order and to cohabit  amongst memories and wounds ».

Martina is based in Stockholm, and her work is represented in the collection of The Modern Museum of Stockholm, amongst others.


What is your most outstanding character trait ?

I am kind

What is your idea of perfect happiness ?

To rest from the ego

What is the most extravagant thing you have ever experienced ?

The chest of Bryan Ferry

Which talent would you most like to have ?

To be able to fly

Which living person do you most admire ?

My son, for his unstoppable energy and big heart.
My daughter for her vivid brain and perspicacity

Who are your favorite heroes/heroines in fiction ?

Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind

Who are your favorite writers ?

Cora Sandell, Doris Lessing, Kerstin Ekman

What do you consider is your greatest achievements ?

The times I wanted to give up, but didn’t

In which imaginary country would you like to live ?

All countries are fictitious

What do you regret the most ?

Unnecessary uncertainty over the years

Which flower would you like to be ?


Who are your favorite artists ?

Hans Holbein, Lucian Freud, David Hockney, Ingres

Which bird would you like to be ?


What is your greatest fear ?

To die from those I love

What is your most treasured possession ?


What is your favorite occupation ?

My life

What would you change if you could ?


If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be ?

A wind

What is your current state of mind ?


What is your favourite motto ?

“In the storm the oak’s root is fixed”

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