BIOGRAPHY

Mikael Takacs is a marbler based in Stockholm, Sweden. He uses pipettes to distribute acrylic paint across the canvas to create his subjects, which he then distorts by dragging the paint around using various tools, such as sticks and combs. He combines the classic abstract expression of marbling with concrete figures. This results in intricate razorsharp patterns swirling across the canvas as you look at it up close, which then takes the form of a portrait as you take a few steps back. Even though the patterns in themselves are very sharp they can make the figure look blurry or fuzzy, which can have a somewhat anonymyzing effect. This can make it both easier and harder to connect with them. It’s harder in the sense that you can’t really see who it is, or maybe even what it is. It may be easier to connect with them for basically the same reason, as you can project so much of your own thoughts onto someone you can just barely see. The vivid and abstract is in contrast to the vague and figurative.

Variations of this technique has been around for hundreds of years, but in spite of that, his pieces are often mistaken for digital art. Marbling is said to originate in the 12th century Japan as “Suminagashi”, and centuries later made it’s way to Europe through the Ottoman Empire and the “Ebru” method.

EDUCATION

2011 Art and Media – Uppsala University

2011  Image Making and Learning – Uppsala University

2011  Expression and Contents of Images – Uppsala University

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo.

2017 Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg.

2016 Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles.

2016 Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 “Auksjonsutstilling”, Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo.

2019 “Threesome”, 19Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, Australia.

2019 “POP EYE No2”, Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg.

2019 “Auksjonsutstilling”, Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo.

2019 “We’re still here”, Heliumcowboy Artspace, Hamburg.

2019 “Auksjonsutstilling”, Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo.

2018 “5th Art Collector Starter Kit”, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles.

2018 “20 års jubileumsutstilling”, Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo.

2018 “Delusional”, Jonathan LeVine Projects, Jersey City.

2018 “20x20x20”, Vertical Gallery, Chicago.

2018 “Hello My Dear”, Heliumcowboy Artspace, Hamburg.

2018 “GW remix III” Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg.

2018 “Visuel & Venner”, Kattesundet 10, Copenhagen.

2018 “First” Heliumcowboy Artspace, Hamburg.

2018 “Auksjonsutstilling”, Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo.

2017 “Vintersalong”, Galleri Backlund, Gothenburg.

2017 “Juleutstilling”, Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo.

2017 25th anniversary show “Cirkus Wolfsen”, Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg.

2017 “AEA 2017 Showcase”, Arch Enemy Arts, Philadelphia.

2017 “15th Anniversary exhibition”, Heliumcowboy Artspace, Hamburg.

2017 “Auksjonsutstilling”, Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo.

2017 “4th Art Collector Starter Kit”, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles.

2017 “Trumpomania”, Salomon Arts Gallery, New York.

2017 “Sensory Overload”, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles.

2016 “Urban Dawn II”, Factory Lofts, Beirut.

2016 “MUD”, Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg.

2016 “18th Anniversary show”, Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo.

2016 “10th Anniversary show”, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles.

2016 Auksjonsutstilling, Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo.

2016 “4th Annual 12X12 Group Show”, Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco.

2016 “Below the surface”, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles.

2016 “Asymmetrical Diptych Party”, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles.

2016 “Puls’16”, Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg.

Awards

2019 Art Herning, with Galerie Wolfsen, Herning.

2018 Affordable Art Fair Stockholm, with Galleri Ramfjord, Stockholm.

2018 North Kunstmesse, with Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg.

2018 Art Herning, with Galerie Wolfsen, Herning.

2017 Scope Miami, with Galerie Wolfsen, Miami.

2017 Kunstmesse Odense, with Galerie Wolfsen, Odense.

2017 North kunstmesse, with Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg.

2017Art Herning, with Galerie Wolfsen, Herning.

2016 Art Copenhagen, with Galerie Wolfsen, Copenhagen.

2016 Scope Basel, with Galerie Wolfsen, Basel.

2016 North Kunstmesse, with Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg.

2016 Art Herning, with Galerie Wolfsen, Herning.

2013 Art Cologne, with Strychnin Gallery, Cologne.

 

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