Stefan Umærus has initiated, created and exhibited cross-cultural art projects since 1985, with one-man gallery and museum exhibitions in painting, poetry, diary, video, and digital formats in France, United States of America, Sweden, Venezuela, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Selected exhibition venues: CCS, Paris, NYAS, New York, MAM, Santo Domingo.
The most well-known art project is 2388: Connecting Vocabularies, about the time just before the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing on June 4th 1989.. 2388: Connecting Vocabularies is well documented in international media, with introductions and reviews in the English, Mandarin and Spanish languages. 2388: Connecting Vocabularies is a project by Chely Depablos and Stefan Umærus, based on Stefan Umaerus' poems and diary from Beijing, 1988/89. 2388: Connecting Vocabularies is currently exhibited at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas, Venezuela.
Other art projects: First Aid Kit about hurricane George and the Dominican Republic. First Aid Kit, or Primeros Auxilios, was created during an artist-in-residency at Escuela de Diseño, Altos de Chavón, La Romana in 1998. Painted Mountain, an art project about the Amazon. Exhibited at the Octagon Gallery, Roosevelt Island, NYC, 2013/2014.
Stefan Umærus participated in Embrace!, 2011 at the House of Emigrants, Växjö, Sweden. Embrace! is an exhibition about migration. The House of Emigrants won the 2012 competition as "Best Museum in Sweden", 2012. Corona Borealis, painted for Embrace! was purchased by the City of Växjö.
Born in Uppsala, Sweden, and educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, KKH, Konsthögskolan, Stockholm, Stefan Umærus is represented with works in the collections of the Moderna Muséet and of the National Museum, Stockholm, and in a significant number of other private and museum collections. A dual citizen, Stefan Umærus is based in New York City.
Selected art projects by Stefan Umærus:
Anatomic Theatre/ The World
2016 Museo de Arte
Contemporáneo, Caracas, Venezuela
Represented in the collections of:
Bolívar, La Habana, Cuba
- Cerro Pintado
Aid Kit - Primeros Auxilios
Anatomic Theatre/ The World
Vocabularies - 2388: Conectando Vocabularios
Events and group exhibitions:
2014 United Nations' Ambassador's Ball, The Harvard Club of New York, USA.
2011 Embrace! The House of Emigrants, Växjö, Sweden.
2010 - 2014 Besharat Gallery, The Peters Street Project, Atlanta, Georgia.
2009 AYUDA for the Arts 5th annual gala, Prince George Ballroom, New York. USA.
2004 Nordic Expo 2004, New York.
2001 Water Is Life,
Benefit auction for Mocambique, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.
1996 The Power of Prints, New Formats, Hostos Center for Arts & Culture, Bronx, New York.
1995 Identity & Illusion, A Tribute to Ingmar Bergman, Nordanstad Gallery, New York.
1995 Swedish Artists,
Roger Smith Gallery, New York .
1985 Getting Off, Civilian Warfare Gallery, New York.
1985 A subjective choice of contemporary Swedish and American Art, Västerås Konstmuseum.
Artist In Residencies,
Lectures and Panel discussions:
1998 Altos de Chavón, La Romana, República Dominicana.
1998 2388: Connecting
Vocabularies, Brauer Museum of Art, Indiana, U.S.A.
M.F.A. Konsthögskolan, KKH, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, 1973-79.
2016 "Stefan Umærus expone en el MAC al dolor convertido en poesía liberadora" NotiTimes, June 16, 2016. Caracas, Venezuela.
2013 "Artista Sueco se inspiró en las Amazonas", Impacto! Dec 10, 2013, Miriam Fernandez-Soberon, New York, USA.
2000 Documentos Para
La Vida Pública 2000”, Hoy, May 28, 2000, Santo
2000 “La Palabra
y La Imagen en la Obra de Stefan Umærus”, La Nación,
1996 “A Print
Show by 12 Workshop Members”, New York Times, July 7,
1989 “2388 /Stefan
Umærus”, Foreign Literatures 3, July, 1989, Beijing, China,
1985 “Between Eons”, Dagens Nyheter, February 29, 1985, Stockholm, Sweden, Ingela Lind.
Force”, Norrköpings Tidningar, April 5, 1982, Norrköping,
Reused”, Dagens Nyheter, January 23, 1982, Stockholm,
Talk”, a conversation with Lin Xiaoxu, broadcast via satellite over
"2388: Conectando Vocabularios", Museo de Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas, Venezuela, Opening, June 5, 2016. Foto: Teresa Quiles.