Yrjö Edelmann

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.

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