Ida Ekblad (b. 1980, Norway) is one of the most recognized contemporary Norwegian artists working today. Her artistic practice comprises a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, performance, filmmaking, and poetry. Her work is inspired by a multitude of sources and one can recognize sub-cultural and pop-cultural influences. Art historically, Ekblad’s oeuvre is influenced by a variety of artists such as Odilon Redon, Paula Modersohn Becker, Paul Thek, Harriet Backer, Edvard Munch, Florine Stettheimer, and Helen Frankenthaler. Her style is signified by a genre-crossing approach and incorporates, for example, the aesthetics of graffiti, manga culture, arts and crafts, old master paintings, deviant art, and meme culture. Ekblad’s practice is focused on our hyper-retinal culture which she tries to visually record and comprehend. “Whatever sense I find,” she says, “is primarily an aesthetic sense. In painting, sculpture, and via material twists and turns, I am striving to make a personal and decent pattern of what happens to come my way.” (Ida Ekblad, Artist Statement, “A mansion for all lovely forms,” 2018)
Ekblad lives and works in Oslo. She is educated at the Oslo National Academy of Arts, Norway (2007) and at the Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles, USA (2008). She participated in the Venice Biennale (2011, 2017), as well as in numerous solo and group exhibitions. In addition to her most recent solo shows in 2019 at Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland and Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico, her work has been presented at a variety of institutions in solo exhibitions, among them Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany (2018); Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (2017); National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, Oslo, Norway (2013); Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2010); and Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2010). In the summer of 2021, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, will dedicate a major solo exhibition to the artist.
Her work is owned by a multitude of important public and private institutions and collections around the world.