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"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Denmark in 1955, he lives and works in Copenhagen.

Danish artist Michael Kvium is most famously known as a painter, but his artistic practice extends to other mediums like sculpture, performance, film and set design for theater. His artworks have often been described as realistic as well as grotesque, tragicomic and grim. Indeed, Kvium’s paintings show a fascination with death, religion, and ageing. The clowns, artists, nuns and old people he paints are often monstrous and deformed. In Kvium’s paintings, humanity is laid bare, literally but also metaphorically. By painting characters who are looking the spectator straight in the eyes, the artist confronts us with our own fears, and, more generally, with our loneliness and mortality.

 

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