Born 1977 in Lillehammer, Norway

Lives and works in Oslo and Stokke


2022-2026 PI and Leader of the research project The Materiality of White, Dep. of Art and Craft, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO)

2020-2026 Associate Professor of Ceramic Art, Dep. of Art and Craft, Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO)


2016-2020 PhD in Artistic Research, Dep. of Art and Craft, Oslo National Academy of the Arts

2002-2005 Bachelor of Fine Art. National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo.

2000-2001 Independent study of Fine Art Photography. Robert Meyer Kunsthøgskole, Oslo.

1997-2000 Bachelor of Arts With Honours. Bath Spa University College, UK.

1996-1997 Foundation course. Einar Granum Kunstfagskole, Oslo.

Public Commissions

2020 Indoor installation, Campus Ås, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

2016 Outdoor sculpture park, Veitvetveien, Oslo.

2012 Outdoor and indoors installation, Faculty of Odontology, University of Bergen.

2011 Outdoor sculpture, Gulating Courthouse, Bergen.

2009 Indoor installation, Norad Center of Development, Oslo (the center was closed down in 2015)

Permanent Collections

2022 KODE Art Museum, Bergen, Norway

2021 Haugar Vestfold Art Museum, Norway

2020 HRH Queen Sonja’s Private Collection, Norway

2020 Sørlandet Art Museum, Norway

2018 Lillehammer Art Museum, Norway

2017 Handelsbanken, Sweden

2014 Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Norway

2011 National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway.

2008 Selmer Law Firm, Norge.

Solo Exhibitions

2023 Gaea Norvegica, KRAFT, Bergen

2022 The Spoon and the Silica, Galleri Riis, Oslo.

2020 Hvitt til jord, ROM for kunst og arkitektur, Oslo

2018 A Square on a Sphere, Lillehammer Art Museum, Norway.

2015 Forms of Resistance, Elephant Gallery, Lillehammer.

2014 Forms of Protest, Henie Onstad Art Center, Norway.

2013 Relevo. Galleri Riis, Oslo.

2013 If you search for the object all you’ll find is the name. Kristiansand Kunsthall, Norway

2012 The Whitest White. Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo.

2011 United Nuances. Galleri Riis, Oslo.

2008 18% Gray. 0047 Oslo, Oslo.

Group Exhibitions

2022 Pyton Place. Pyton exhibition, London Craft Week, UK.

2022 Drape. FOLD Gallery, London, UK

2021 Clinamen. FOLD Gallery, London, UK

2020 The Portmanteaus. Et kollektivt kaosmos, Kunsthall Oslo

2018 Uten tittel (1-3). Sweep Landskip, Kinokino Kunsthall, Sandnes

2017 Forloren form, Skulpturbiennalen, Vigeland Museum, Oslo

2016 Honningdogg. Presentation of all proposals for the New Deichmanske Library, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

2016 Untitled. Inauguration of new space - Selected works of gallery artists. Galleri Riis, Oslo

2016 Forms of Resistance. Survival Kit 8. Acupuncture of Society. Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga

2016 The Paris Abstractions. NN-A NN-A NN-A, New Norwegian Abstraction, Stavanger Kunstmuseum, Norway

2015 A River in the Ocean. 12th Havana Biennial, Cuba

2015 The Paris Abstractions. NN-A NN-A NN-A, New Norwegian Abstraction, The Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo

2015 One. Poor Art, Rich Legacy. The National Museum, Oslo

2013 Forente Nyanser. Inside Outside Architecture, The National Museum, Oslo

2013 Selfportrait as a Painting. Part of the No Place presentation at Malmø Kunsthall, Sweden

2012 Endless You. Part of the Galleri D.O.R presentation at the Armory Show 2012, New York

2011 Black and White and Everything In-Between. History Forms My Revolution, Galleri Sverdrup, University of Oslo, Oslo

2010 Monument to the Right Angle. Modern Dialect, curated by Win Van den Abbeele, Museum of Modern Art Antwerp, Belgium

2009 Inediti. The Artist’s Book, Tegnerforbundet, Oslo

2009 Untitled. Grünerløkka Kunsthall #1, Grünerløkka Kunsthall, Oslo

2009 Catching Ellsworth Kelly. Snowball Editions, Lautom Contemporary, Oslo

2008 Le Livre sur Le Livre. Bookish, curated by Matt Packer, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland

2008 Untitled (Blue), Untitled (Pink). Lights On - Bastard presents: Monumenti Mori, curated by Anders Smebye, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo

2008 Joke Painting. Rykk tilbake til start, curated by Jan Christensen, 0047 Oslo

2008 La Preda. Let there be Light, curated by Åse Løvgren, Christianssands Kunstforening and Elementi Gallery, Skopje, Makedonia

2007 Norske Svik. Tempo Skien, curated by Marianne Zamecznik and Telemark Kunstnersenter, Skien

2007 Synthetic Nature, curated by Leif Magne Tangen, Kunstraum D21, Leipzig, Tyskland

2005 Take Off 2005, Galleri Brandstrup, Oslo

2004 Darling, don’t leave me all by myself, curated by Rakett, Gallery EKA, Tallinn, Estland

2003 Østlandsutstillingen and Den Lille Østlandsutstillingen. Travelling exhibition

2001 Vårutstillingen, Photographers’ Gallery, Oslo

Published Artist’s Books

2020 White to Earth, Marte Johnslien, ed. Gjertrud Steinsvåg, published by ROM Forlag

2018 A Square on a Sphere, Marte Johnslien, with texts by Cecilie Skeide and Ingrid Halland, ed. Cecilie Skeide/Lillehammer Art Museum, published by Uten Tittel

Self-published Artist’s Books

2011 Black and White and Everything In-Between, Prints, Reprints and Mental Prints of Eritrea. Digital print, 150 copies

2011 United Nuances. Handmade book in 50 copies

2008 Inediti. Handmade book in 60 copies

2007 Showgrounds. Handmade book in 30 copies

Published text

2019 De glemte historiers tale. Published on

2017 Humanismens partitur. En rapport fra Learning from Athens, documenta 14 Part I, by Marte Johnslien. Published on and (only in Norwegian)


2008 Berlin Mitte (2 months), granted by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA)

2006 Oslo Lusaka Fine Art Fellowship (12 months), Visual Arts Council, Zambia og National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo


2013 Sandefjord Kunstforening’s Art Prize, shortlisted

2012 Einar Granum Art Prize

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