Marko Mäetamm

Marko Mäetamm was born in Viljandi, Estonia in 1965 and now lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. He studied graphic art at the Estonian Academy of Arts, where he received his B.A. in 1993 and his M.A. in 1995. 

Marko Mäetamm’s most often autobiographical art practice focuses on family life and society and explores the grey area between private and public through a variety of media such as photography, sculpture, animations, painting, and text. His work often appears humorous despite its sometimes rather heavy and even dark content. And his stories, very personal and even intimate from the first sight often appear everybody’s stories as they touch some very basic instincts in us, something that is familiar to all of us and so close that we can’t even see it. And sometimes not too comfortable to talk with.

“For me art means communication. I am interested in provoking dialogues and making people to think outside their comfort zones and taboos. My work is about things I am concerned about in this world. It is a mirror of the present time – the only time that really exists,” he says.

Mäetamm’s work has been exhibited at such international venues as Gallery Platan, Budapest, Hungary (2001); la Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2003); Wäinö Aalto Museum, Turku, Finland (2009); Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, New York City (2009); NADA Art Fair, Miami, Florida (2012); Gallery Iragui, Moscow, Russia (2014); and the IKON Gallery, UK (2014). Marko has received numerous awards such as the Kristjan Raud Annual Award, Estonia (2000), the Baltic Assembly Prize for the Arts (2009), and the Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2011). He was given the Estonian State Decoration, Order of the White Star, V Class in 2008. 

He has participated in artists’ residencies at Ville de Paris, Résidences Internationales aux Recollets, Paris, France (2011), the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Italy (2013), The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, Florida (2014), Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artist in Residence in Colgate University, USA (2016), BANFF Centre of Arts and Creativity, Canada (2017)

Mäetamm represented Estonia at the Venice Biennial in 2003 and 2007. 

His published books include Our Daddy is a Hunter (2012), Painting and Waiting (2013), The Alphabet of Lies (2014), Tales of Messenger (2017).