Biography of Matias Faldbakken
Matias Faldbakken (born 1973 in Hobro, Denmark) is a critically acclaimed Scandinavian artist and author, based in Norway. Faldbakken studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Bergen and the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. He has experimented with a range of media, including film, sculpture, installation, photography, and wall paintings. Interested in ideas of destruction and disruption, Faldbakken frequently juxtaposes fine art approaches with tropes associated with alternative subcultures, such as graffiti or vandalism. Various mass-produced objects litter his works, such as garbage bags, burlap sacks, cardboard boxes, bottles and cans, becoming a familiar element in his oeuvre.
Matias Faldbakken represented Norway at the 51st Venice Biennale (2005), and has also been exhibited at the Whitney and Sydney Biennales, as well as at FIAC, Paris; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the National Museum of Norway, Oslo; and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, amongst others. In addition to his work as an artist, Faldbakken is known for his trilogy of highly successful novels, published under an alias, and winning him a prominent literary prize in 2002 (Norway's Bjørnsonstipendet).