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Studio Visit with MATILDA FORSBERG


© Matilda Forsberg for Zephyr and Maize


Matilda Forsberg is a Swedish-born artist whose introspective paintings explore personal stories about family, heritage and identity. Inspired by emotional implications in cultural tradition, and often sourcing imagery from family photo archives, Matilda focuses on the narratives that emerge while observing captured moments from the past.


“While I have a deep personal connection to the places and experiences in these paintings, the narratives originated from photo archives of my daughter’s Chinese side of the family who came from Hong Kong to Miami. With few verbal accounts of anyone’s individual experiences, shared experiences and rituals were amplified as a way to carry on a sense of heritage and tradition. The paintings explore this imagery as well as a confluence of my own memories of the place or situation, and signify feelings of a loss of a larger personal narrative and a search for new bonds and identities,” - explains the artist.


Forsberg's protagonists find themselves in group settings, occupying dream-like spaces and landscapes inspired by Nordic nature. Occasionally, figures with blurred (but present) identities appear in compositions so dynamic and expressive that the very painting seems incandescent ("Erasure-Rememberance", 2020). Among the most distinguishing qualities of Forsberg's paintings are introspective quality, artistic individuality and the suppressed impulse of the painterly emotions, realised in the tempo and rhythm of the paintwork, the courageous compositions and the bright hues of pure colour.

Matilda Forsberg's work has been exhibited worldwide, including New York, Los Angeles, Portland, and Sweden.


Written and curated by: Varia Serova

Featured work: © Matilda Forsberg for Zephyr and Maize


Studio visit with Matilda Forsberg © Matilda Forsberg for Zephyr and Maize


Studio visit with Matilda Forsberg © Matilda Forsberg for Zephyr and Maize


Studio visit with Matilda Forsberg © Matilda Forsberg for Zephyr and Maize


Family portrait, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 40x40 ins. © Matilda Forsberg for Zephyr and Maize


Erasure-Rememberance, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 40x40 ins.

© Matilda Forsberg for Zephyr and Maize


Feeding Rite, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 48x36 ins. © Matilda Forsberg for Zephyr and Maize


So many words lost, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 20x16 ins.

© Matilda Forsberg for Zephyr and Maize


Left in that Miami backyard, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 48x30 ins.

© Matilda Forsberg for Zephyr and Maize



They had less but gave more, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 16x20 ins.

© Matilda Forsberg for Zephyr and Maize



There will be calm, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 20x20 ins.

© Matilda Forsberg for Zephyr and Maize