Emeli Theander

b 1984 Gothenburg, Sweden . Lives and works in Berlin.


“The seduction of Emeli Theander’s work lies in the peculiar way she combines the poetry of dreams and the marvel of children’s tales. It is figurative, in the sense that it is a setting for mysterious totemic figures at the cusp of fantasy and myth. In a cold, aquatic light, creatures- half-human, half-animal – from the Norse legends, strike a pose, watching us. Their pink flesh contrasts violently with the extraordinary shadowy masks they wear as disguises, a baroque mishmash of all kinds of animals, birds, rabbits, fish or wolves, between dreamlike superimposition and carnival madness.

In her paintings and drawings she weaves a tight net of, as she puts it, “sweet and scary moments”, of obsessions, of recurring motifs which suggest that her work lends itself to be read like a story: the eye, the mirror, the circle, the mask, doubles, twins, animal hybrids.

The eye and the mirror serve as metaphors for the work of art (an invitation to look) and for narcissistic desire (to see oneself and to be seen in order to exist). In Theander´s work we see the image of the self at the edges of psychic dislocation. A strange theatre showing a playful state of human fragility.”

(Excerpts from the exhibition text of Limbo Losers by Eric Vinassac)


  • 2006 – 2011 Studied Fine Art at the University of the Arts in Berlin with Prof. Valérie Favre
  • 2011-2012 Master student of the UdK Berlin with Prof. Valérie Favre
Solo Exhibitions
  • 2017 Frauenmuseum, Berlin (upcoming)
  • 2017 “Limbo Losers”, Edmond Gallery, Berlin
  • 2014 “Vittring”, Dorothea Konwiarz Stiftung, Berlin
  • 2013 „Irrgäster“, Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart
  • 2011 „Bleirauch“, Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart
  • 2011 „Gastkramad“, Galerie Adler, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2010 „Billige Zirpen“, R 4.4, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig
  • 2010 „Gwishin Birds Sanctuary“, Platoon Kunsthalle, Seoul
  • 2009 „Eat my soul as a bird pick a worm“, Black Jim Gallery, Berlin
  • 2008 “Insomnia“, (mit Mitya Churikov) Total Gallery, Berlin
  • 2007 “Tier im Spiegel“, Léttrétage, Berlin
Group Exhibitions
  • 2017 “Lines of unthought”, Edmond Gallery, Berlin (upcoming)
  • 2016 “Happy Birthday Galerie C! #5ans”, Galerie C, Neuchâtel
  • 2016 “Mauvaises Graines”, Topographie de l'art, Paris – curated by Clara Djian & Nicolas Leto
  • 2016 “Reality is boring”, Platoon Kunsthalle, Mexiko
  • 2015 “Träume”, Galerie C, Neuchâtel
  • 2015 “Enfances”, Galerie d'YS, Brussels
  • 2015 “Kein Wunder, dass es zittert”, Novilla, Berlin
  • 2015 “YIA Art Fair”, Carreau du Temple, Paris
  • 2015 “X/I”, Villa St. Georg, Eltville
  • 2015 “Drawing Now“, Carreau du Temple, Paris
  • 2014 „La Vengeance de Mathilde“, Galerie C, Neuchâtel
  • 2014 “Stipendiatinnen 2014/15”, Dorothea Konwiarz Stiftung, Berlin
  • 2014 „Drawing Now“, Carreau du Temple, Paris
  • 2012 „Landschaftsgänger“, Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart
  • 2012 “Überall und Nirgends. Werke aus der sammlung Reydan Weiss”, Kunsthaus Villa Jauss, Oberstdorf
  • 2012 „Meisterausstellung“, Quergalerie, UdK, Berlin
  • 2012 „Setzen Sie auf diese Karte“, Quergalerie, UdK, Berlin
  • 2011 „d’accord“, Neonchocolate Gallery, Berlin - curated by 44flavours
  • 2011 „La Cabana“, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin
  • 2011 „Starving artist super star“, Berlin
  • 2011 „Veilchen“, Uferhallen, Berlin
  • 2011 „Wilde Jäger“, Frisch, Halle am Wasser, Berlin
  • 2011 „Best of“, Galerie Adler, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2011 „From eternity to here“, LARMgalleri, Copenhagen
  • 2011 „Absolventenausstellung“, Quergalerie, UdK, Berlin
  • 2010 „Projekt für die Gegenwart“, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin
  • 2009 „Salon Schwarzenberg“, Neurotitan, Berlin
  • 2008 “Not A Penny Off The Pay, Not A Second On The Day”, Bristol
  • 2008 .HBC, Haus Ungarn, Karl-Liebknechtstr 9, Berlin
  • 2006 „Under plattan, ängen!“, Konsthall C und Lava Kulturhus, Stockholm
  • SØR Rusche Sammlung Oelde/Berlin, Germany Sammlung Reydan Weiss, Essen, Germany
  • 2014 – 2015 Dorothea Konwiarz Stipendium
  • 2013 Förderpreis für Malerei, The Merkel Collection, Rhein Neckar Delta
  • 2009 - 2011 Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
  • 2010 Six months Artist-in-Residence at Platoon Kunsthalle in Seoul, South Korea
  • Provins #1, 2014 (S) Le Salon du dessin contemporain, Drawing Now Paris, Edition 8. Exh. cat. INAPA, 2014 (F) Arts Magazine #86, April 2014 (F) Artension – le magazine de lárt vivant #124, March/April 2014 (F) Dans les Foires, dessins intimes et art brut en série, Le Monde, 29 March 2014 (F) Playgrounds and battlefields, critical perspectives of social engagement, TLU Press, 2014 (EE) ISBN 978-9985-58-774-4 10TAL #15, Gurlesque, 2014 (S) Berlin what?: 102 contemporary artists. Ch. Schroer / Die Neue Sachlichkeit, 2013 (G) ISBN 978-3-942139-54-0 Überall und nirgends. Werke aus der Sammlung Reydan Weiss. Exh. cat. Villa Jauss, Kerber Verlag, 2012 (G) Tenwordsandoneshot Volume II, 2012 (G)
Inspired by DROME... and Magazinecover, DROME Magazine, #19 Supernatural, May 2011 (IT) Geisterstunde, Stuttgarter Zeitung, 1 Juli 2011 (G)
Emeli Theander – The ghost painter, Edición Especial Magazine, April 2011 (MX) Emeli Theander, re.flect, Ausgabe 1, 2011 (G) Gwishin Birds Sanctuary, Exh. cat. Platoon Kunsthalle, 2010 (G/KOR)
Tell me Tell me Tell me something about yourself, Unique Fashion Magazine, 2010 (KOR)
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