About his 2012 exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design in
Singapore, reviewer Skii Chung wrote, “Inspired by French
surrealism, Yrjö has cultivated a distinct style of transforming
everyday objects into visual masterpieces. Perhaps this is why he
is hailed as one the finest trompe l’oeil artists of contemporary
times.” Originally influenced by the irrational, dreamlike motifs of
surrealists such as Rene Magritte, Giorgio de Chirico and Marcel
Duchamp, the artist has developed his own distinctive pictorial
language over the years. He captured the attention of an
international audience in 1993, when he was selected to
participate in the famous Absolut Vodka advertising campaign.
The artist wrapped the vodka bottle in colored paper and
taped it with masking tape; he then created a shaped painting
of the wrapped bottle.
Born in 1941 in Helsinki, Finland, Edelmann moved with his family to Sweden ten years
later. Towards the end of the 1950s, he studied at the University College of Arts, Crafts and
Design in Stockholm. He has exhibited worldwide in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Paris
and Singapore. His works are held in many collections, including the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the Denver Art Museum; the Fred Weisman
Collection in Pasadena; Utrecht Modern Art Museum, Netherlands; Malmo Museum,
Sweden; and the collections of both Swedish Parliament and the Swedish Royal Family.