Maria Maaneskiold (b.1994) Is a Norwegian artist Based In Oslo. She works mainly with illustration and painting, but recently also with sculpture and perforative work. Her view often merge personal life experiences with a more magical, imagined reality, and alludes to a lonely escapism. This connects to the recurring topic of lost identity and use of exploratory self portrait, that often occur in the work.

 

 

As a child I watched cartoons obsessively, and would get incredibly disappointed in life when someone took the TV away from me to watch something else. The constant sounds of annoying, exaggerated voices drove my mom insane, but I was so immersed in the bubble that I didn’t really care that it put the whole house in a tense mood. In that world, I didn’t exist. And it was glorious. I was just a sponge. Nothing more. 

I still often am a sponge. The world is too intense for me to actually be present in. So I escape into my own head, where the lines between physical reality and my imagination are blurred. Through creation I twist the sponge and open up the space between the two. The result is a new, more fantastical place, where I therapeutically learn how to live with, and be both at the same time. 

 

Asia representation, Streams gallery.

Norway representation, COLLECTIVE Oslo.

Solo Exhibitions

  • "Alle vil ha kjøtt" - Solo show - The staircase/Oslo kulturnatt - Oslo, 2022

  • «Hva er det med meg» - Solo show - Heiaklubben - Oslo, 2022 (Supported by talent scholarship given by the Ministry of Culture)

Group Exhibitions ​

  • Rea! - Fabricca del vapore - Milan, 2022

  • Hong Kong affordable art fair - Hong kong, 2022

  • Miror Mirror - Streams gallery - Hong Kong, 2021

  • Youwhoo/play - Window- and in store exhibition, installation and illustration, Moniker - Oslo 2021 (nominated for visueltprisen 2022)

  •  ARTillery #2_EVOLUTION, Fushion - Oslo, 2021

  •  ARTillery #1 REALIA_- Oslo, 2021

  • Step Up Erna, KFUK-KFUM Global, Oslo, 2021

  • Fushion - Oslo, 2020

  • Fushion - Oslo, 2019

  • BA exhibtition - Westrdals Oslo ACT - Oslo 2018

 

Other 

  • «Somebody else» - Frame by frame animated music video - Monalia - Oslo 2020 (Longlistetd at World illustration awards 2021)

  • «Conversations» - Projection mapping and foliated decoration - Costume Awards - Oslo, Gamle Biblioteket, 2020