Rita Lundqvist combines minimal forms and figures to create compositions that suggest hidden narratives. Exquisitely rendered, the artist’s flat and geometric compositions are uniform in scale and perspective, often featuring a stark horizon line that divides the space and foregrounds a single figure or figures engaged in mysterious activities. The contrast between the lyrical nature of Lundqvist’s figures and the economy of her landscapes illustrates her unique balance of the traditional, the folk-inspired, and the contemporary within succinct, narrative driven tableaux.
Born in Hässleholm, Sweden in 1953, Lundqvist currently lives and works in Stockholm. She studied at The Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm from 1980 to 1985, and was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts in 2000.
In 2011, she received the Barbro & Holger Bäckström's Art Scholarship, one of Sweden’s largest grants, and subsequently presented a solo exhibition at Malmö Konsthall that fall. Other important solo presentations include Liljevalche Konsthall in Stockholm (2010) and Norrköpings Konstmuseum in Sweden (1999).
Her work was also included in The Carnegie Art Award, Nordic Painting, a traveling exhibition that opened at Arken Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen (2001), and The Edstrand Foundation Art Prize at the former Rooseum (currently Moderna Museet Malmö) in Sweden (2000).
Her paintings are represented in the collections of Sweden’s Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Borås Konstmuseum, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, and Malmö Konstmuseum, among other museums.