Filippa Arrias

Filippa Arrias
Filippa Arrias © Photo: No WaIT AB

“The famous painting “Las Meninas” by Diego Vélasquez became the point of departure for a series of paintings, drawings and photographs wherein I discovered my own fascination for the act of seeing.

Ever since this is central in my work, as is the relationship between the Self and the Other.

The common part of the identity has been of interest to me and I have often used the idea of the human being as a bearer of roles. I have often played with the picture of twins as well as the reflected image.

The artistic achievements of Giotto are of central importance to me. The earlier non-spatial surface is folded out and creates a space around the human being initiating the process towards individualisation.

Visually the human beings are still identical, but their different modes of action indicates who they are.- Is it really Judas Iscariot ( in Giotto´s painting) kissing Christ? In Giotto´s image of the drama the recognition is obvious. It might as well be Jesus kissing himself, with Judas as a startled observer.

I remain free in relation to art-history and consider it as being mankind´s story about itself. You can question the story, make it continue, play with it and so on.

My actual project concerns the Veronica-motif in which different paintings represent different questions concerning the perception. Is the picture more real than reality itself? Vera icon.

I also paint interiors of rooms – places where “it happened”. This summer I was in Latvia and used empty apartments left behind by the Soviets in the beginning of the nineties. These rooms are naked and at the same time reveal a powerful history.

I want to show the difference; between circumstances closely related; approaching the turningpoint; When does the criminal become free from guilt? When does the painting get independent? When does the good intention turn into an empty gesture?

I am interested in the relationship between presence and absence /attitude-attitudelessness.

The self is separated but everything between us is shared.

I use images existing in my near surroundings; art-history, mass-media, everdaylife, my earlier paintings, depending on the project.

Mass-media seems to have taken over from art and religion the role of reflecting mankind.

The consequences can only be imagined. This fact strengthens rather than undermines our need of genuine expressions.

There is a joy in existing. There is a form of knowledge that is sensual, that is hard to explain or defend.”

Filippa Arrias


Born in Gothenburg, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Senior Lecturer in free art with specialization in Painting at the The Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

The artistic research project, The Stork from Paramaribo Flew Away Never to Return – Transformation as ”the Other”, funded by the Swedish Research Council.


Nordic Art School, Kokkola, Finland

The Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

Konsthögskolepedagogik 7,5 poäng

Light and perception, Konstfack, Stockholm, 7,5 poäng

Konflikt och Ansvar i skrivande, Konstfack, 7,5 poäng

Selected Solo Exhibitions

The sky is blue and the sun is a clock, exhibition together with Pauliina Turakka Purhonen, Borgå Konsthall, Finland

The sky is blue and the sun is a clock, exhibition together with Pauliina Turakka Purhonen, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden

Hanaholmens Kulturcentrum Filippa Arrias vs Pauliina Turrakka, Esbo Finland

Perish with Paris: Forum – contemporary place for culture, Stockholm, Sweden

Elvis has left the building:2, Galleri Thomas Wallner, Simris, Sweden

Elvis has left the building:1, Kabusa konsthall, Galleri Thomas Wallner, Köpingebro, Sweden

dazwischen, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Ytgränser, Konsthallen Hishult, Sweden

Redroom, Galleri Argo, Stockholm, Sweden

Karostaprojektet, Galleri 1, Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden

Karostaprojektet, Millesgården, Lidingö, Stockholm, Sweden
Filippa Arrias, Galleri Marianne Ahnlund, Umeå, Sweden
Falköpings Museum, Sweden
Stockholm Art Fair for Konsthallen Hishult, Sweden

Filippa Arrias, Jönköpings Läns Museum, Sweden 

Veronica and her photo, Galleri Argo, Stockholm, Sweden

Nordens Ljus, Filippa Arrias, Sweden

Ansikte mot ansikte, Konsthallen Hishult, Sweden
Through the Looking-Glass, Galleri Mejan Stockholm, Sweden

Selected Group Exhibitions 

FLOGGING A DEAD HORSEhenProjects, Stockholm, Sweden
The Sea, Kalmar konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden

Slutet, Galleri 1, Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden

Polyfoni 4 – Final, Galleri Thomas Wallner, Simris, Sweden

Painting Failures, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden
Jubileumsutställning, Anna-Lisa Thomssonstipendiater, Uppsala  Konstmuseum, Sweden

Impressionism som Aktivism Husby Konsthall/ Sunday Creative Time Summit, Public Art Agency Sweden
Imago Mundi, Venice, Italy
Polyfoni Galleri Wallner, Simris, Sweden

Umheimliche Verbindungen, together with the choreographer Marie Fahlin
Performance: Unheimliche Verbindungen, Kkh (The Royal Institute of Art), Stockholm, Sweden

Polyfoni, Galleri Wallner, Simris, Sweden
Performance: Unheimliche Verfälschungen / Weld, Stockholm (Vimeo), Sweden

Polyfoni Galleri Wallner, Simris, Sweden
Strong Images Vague Ideas, Génève, Switzerland (curated by Donatella Bernardi)
Filippa Arrias, Åsa Larsson, Anna Finney, Sigrid Sandström, Susanne Johansson, Galleri Wallner, Simris, Sweden

Performance: Ohemlik, with the choreographer Marie Fahlin, Murberget Härnösand, Sweden
Tomarps Kungsgård, Tomarp, Sweden
Älvsjö Art Fair, Galleri Argo, Sweden
Måleriska språk, Galleri Argo, Stockholm, Sweden
Uppbrottets Hembygd, Murberget Härnösand, Sweden
Nomad by heart, Umeå Bildmuseum, Sweden

Filippa Arrias, Anna Finney, Kristina Jansson, Åsa Larsson, Maja Rohwetter, Kabusa Konsthall, Galleri Thomas Wallner, Köpingebro, Sweden

The Love Project, Summer of Love, Virserums Konsthall, Sweden

Open Studios, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Harold Pieris Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Filippa Arrias, Jesper Nordahl, Jacob Dahlgren
Kabusa Invited, Kabusa Konsthall, Filippa Arrias, Cecilia Edefalk, Ernst Billgren, Sirous Namazi, Stig Sjölund, Leonard Forslund

Art-Camp 2004, Zanabazaar Museum of Art, Ulan Baatar, Mongoliet / Filippa Arrias, Cecilia Edefalk, Eli Hector// Jesper Nordahl, Virpi Pahkinen, Etta Säfve…
Unga damer, äldre herrar (Young Ladies, Older Gentlemen), Filippa Arrias vs Ola Billgren, and others, Uppsala Konstmuseum, Sweden

Public Art Commissions

Måleri och färgsättning av NYPS, Kalmar Nya Psykiatri, samtliga vårdrum och offentlig miljö (Region Kalmar)

Måleri och färgsättning,
foliering av glaspartier i Administrativ del av Uppsala Bussdepå/ Uppsala ( Landstinget)

Färgsättning som integrerat helhetskonstverk Skandionkliniken
, Uppsala (Akademiska Hus) – färgsättning och utsmyckning av behandlingsklinik, garage och trapphus ca 10 000 m2

Idrottsmosaik Måleriinstallation bestående av 40 sammanfogade målningar, Örebro Idrottshus

Porträttbeställning till Bonnierska Porträttsamlingen, Nedre Manilla; Håkan Nesser


FUKT- Magazine for contemporary drawing NY, Berlin, Oslo
“Svenska konstnärer” av Ewa Rudling (Swedish artists by Ewa Rudling)
FILIPPA ARRIAS, Catalog Millesgården 2003, Sweden

Artist of the Quarter – Enjoy Scandinavian Art

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