FlowFineArt Curator John David talks to Mats Bergquist
Mats Bergquist, born in Stockholm, grew up in Russia and Poland, where
he came in contact with the tradition of icon painting as a child.
Later as an artist, he was interested in how it is made and the effect
it has. His abstract, monochrome works are created using the same
technique: on a base of wood, many layers of white paint are applied
and sanded. His works have a power that makes one pause and
contemplate. Bergquist worked and lived with monks, and his creative
process is equal to a meditative exercise. In the 80s he studied in
Stockholm and Paris, where he still has numerous exhibitions. He also
exhibited in Germany, Denmark and Italy, where he currently lives. He
has several projects in public spaces, such as in the St. Peter Art
Station in Cologne.