Marko Mäetamm (b. 1965) is a painter, video and installation artist based in Tallinn. His professional art career is spanning over two decades, Mäetamm emerged as one of the most prominent artists in Estonia upon graduating from Estonian Academy of the Arts in 1995. Marko Mäetamm has exhibited internationally since the 1990s and represented Estonia at the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007) and at 50th Venice Biennial (2003) as a part of artists' duo John Smith (with Kaido Ole).
Throughout his practice, the artist’s primary focus has been on family life, which he has explored through videos and paintings. Treating the family as a microcosm of a wider socio-political and economic models, Mäetamm collects petty every-day situations, presenting them filtered through a prism of his unmistakable dark humour. Partly inspired by his own private life, Mäetamm’s work explores the grey area where ambiguous feelings of being in control and being controlled merge.
Mäetamm’s recent solo exhibitions and projects include: "I'm Only Streaming", curated by Jonathan Watkins, kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2017); "Tragic Timing", together with Pavel Pepperstein, curated by Alistair Hicks, Galerie Odile Quizeman, Paris (2017); "I'm Only Streaming", Tallinn City Gallery, Tallinn (2017); "I Want to Tell You Something", Picker Art Gallery and 4 months Artist In Residence, Colgate University, NY, USA (2016); "The Meaning of Life" (with Kaido Ole), FUGA, Budapest (2015); “Home and Away” (with Raymond Pettibon), KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn (2015); “LOVE”, video screening, IKON Gallery, Birmingham (2014); “Love, Love, Love. Family Stories and Many Other Stories”, Gallery Iragui, Moscow (2014); “The Alphabet of Lies”, Temnikova & Kasela gallery, Tallinn (2013); “Painting and Waiting”, Gallery Hobusepea and Gallery Draakon, Tallinn (2013).