Markus Åkesson (b. 1975) lives and works in Nybro, Småland, Sweden. He has been participating in a large number of exhibitions at galleries, art fairs and institutions in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, London, Vilnius and Sweden.
Markus had an early focus on the French art scene and has made several solo exhibitions at Galerie Da-End in Paris (the most recent in the winter of 2022-2023, with the solo exhibition “The Roses of Heliogabalus”) and the French art fairs Galeristes, Art Paris and YIA Art Fair. In Sweden he is represented by Berg Gallery in Stockholm, where he has shown his works in several solo and group exhibitions since 2021.
Markus Åkesson is the 1st Place Winner of the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize 2023, RAYMAR Traditional Art Award.
Artwork Themes & Subject Matter
Markus Åkesson is interested in esoteric spaces, meeting points, vanishing gaps between the hidden and the show, dream and reality, life and death. It is a quest that unfolds before our eyes, a quest for meaning and a search for spiritualities. Then you can’t help but think about those faces, that are always hidden from us. Faces that carry the greatest mysteries of mankind, and its most absolute thoughts. Wouldn’t they be the object of this research? A painting by Magritte comes to mind, a magnificent kiss from two veiled lovers, an impersonal embrace, universal love. In all these works, hidden behind a succession of mythical motifs, lies human nature and all its secrets.