Maria Slättman is a contemporary artist based in Sweden. Since early childhood she was drawing and painting having a dream to become an artist when growing up.
However, studies in life science took her in a different direction and she eventually acquired a doctor’s degree in molecular biology. She spent many years in academia and the biotech industry, but there was very little time for painting during those years.
The turning point came when she was living in Silicon Valley and got influenced by San Francisco’s inspiring art scene that she started taking painting classes. Back in Sweden she continued to paint during her spare time, and finally in 2017, there was an opportunity to change career to become a full-time artist.
Maria is using acrylic and mixed media to create contemporary, abstract artworks. She uses colors, layers of paint, and different tools and media to create depth and structure, contrast and balance, and is constantly trying out new techniques.
She focuses on the creative process itself and the way the painting develops without a preconceived notion of what the end result will look like. Maria is inspired by anything from the micro-world within cells to the beauty of nature.
2019 Jury-judged exhibition, Överbysalongen, Rotebro, Sweden
2019 Solo exhibition, Chokladfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden
2019 Group exhibition ”Blandade färger”, Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna, Sweden
2018 Group exhibition ”Julsalongen”, Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna, Sweden
2018 Group exhibition ”Penseldrag – en grupp med färg”, Roddarhuset, Waxholm, Sweden
2016-2019 Painting classes, Edsvik Konsthall, Sollentuna, Sweden
2018 Workshop “Experimental painting with watercolor and other water-based techniques” lead by artist Gunilla Blomqvist, Waxholm, Sweden
2017 Workshop “Abstract and experimental acrylic painting” lead by artist Nelson Salazar Luna, Åkersberga, Sweden
2000-2003 Painting classes, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Testa Center, GE Healthcare, Uppsala, Sweden