Marie Louise Ekman was born in 1944. Currently she lives and works in Stockholm where she is the director of the Royal Art Academy.
Her career began in 1967 and today Ekman is one of the most recognized artists in Scandinavia. Her works have been exhibited in Scandinavia and Europe, where they are appreciated for their wit and for her precise, cutting ability to illustrate daily human manners and contemporary society.
Marie Louise Ekman works with a great variety of materials: fabric, recycled objects, oil and watercolor paints, glass and wax.
She works in set design and staging for many theaters in Europe, and has directed a considerable number of films and created radio programs.
A strong interest in feminine themes, intimacy and introspection emerges in her works which, however, are handled in a non-conformist way.
Ekman has succeeded in reclaiming the traditional feminine crafts in a contemporary key, especially through a rediscovery of materials and techniques generally associated with a woman’s role: weaving and ceramics. Through her work, the artist effectively expresses the differences between the two sexes and describes the role of women in the society and culture of her time.
Her works can be found in many public and private spaces, including: Geneva’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art as well as the Kulturhuset and the Malmö Art Museum, both in Stockholm. In 1981, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence acquired one of her self-portraits.