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Marko Mäetamm

Marko Mäetamm (b. 1965) is an artist based in Tallinn. He studied printmaking at the Estonian Academy of Arts, where he received his BA in 1993 and MA in 1995.


Mäetamm’s often autobiographical art practice explores the threshold between private and public through a variety of media such as photography, sculpture, animation, painting and text. Treating family life as a microcosm of a wider socio-political and economic models, he presents petty everyday situations filtered through a prism of an unmistakable dark humour.

Internationally known for these observations of domesticity and the politics of family life, Mäetamm’s more recent works have been making explicit reference to current affairs, embodying the angst produced by daily swings between “everyday local difficulties” and “major international problems”. Mäetamm brings his dry sense of humour to bear on both global awfulness and seeming triviality, encouraging us to consider more closely the motivation behind our behaviour.


Mäetamm’s work has been exhibited internationally including at Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2019); Pera Museum, Istanbul (2017);  Gallery Iragui, Moscow (2014 and 2019); IKON Gallery, Birmingham (2014); NADA Art Fair, Miami (2012); Wäinö Aalto Museum, Turku (2009); Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, NY (2009); Gallery Platan, Budapest (2001). Mäetamm is a recipient of numerous awards including 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. Mäetamm represented Estonia at the Venice Biennial in 2003, with Kaido Ole, and in 2007.

Selected works

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Suspicious Bags: Fancy Sports Bag

acrylic, paper 30×21cm 2018

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Suspicious Bags: Chanel Jumbo

acrylic, paper 30×21cm 2018

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Suspicious Bags: Bottega Venetta Handbag

acrylic, paper 30×21cm 2018

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Suspicious Bags: Backpack

acrylic, paper 30×21cm 2018

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Dear Son

acrylic, paper 100×70cm 2017

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Wars and Crises

acrylic, canvas 100×150cm 2017

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Dear Mother and Father

acrylic, paper 100×70cm 2017

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Incident on Farmers Market

acrylic, paper 70×100cm 2017

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Good News

acrylic, canvas 150×200cm 2017

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A Bigger Blast (canvas)

acrylic, canvas 200×300cm 2017

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Everybody Having Fun

acrylic, paper 70×100cm 2016

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David Bowie's Eyes

acrylic, canvas 152×101cm 2016

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Talking About the Alphabet

acrylic, paper 100×70cm 2016

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Talking About the Alphabet II

acrylic, paper 100×70cm 2016

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Psychotropic

acrylic, canvas 100×70cm 2016

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My Wife

acrylic, paper 100×70cm 2016

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Wifi (canvas)

acrylic, canvas 153×101cm 2016

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Upset

acrylic, paper 100×70cm 2016

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That is the Question (canvas)

acrylic, canvas 200×150cm 2016

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Striptease

acrylic, paper 100×70cm 2016

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About Last Night

acrylic, paper 70×100cm 2016

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All Those Important Books...

acrylic, paper 100×60cm 2016

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MARRIAGE

two life size figures on sofa, charcoal text on the wall, plastic cast, clothes, paper bags 2015

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Self-portrait in a Cage

life size figure in a cage, plastic cast, clothes, hair 100×85×50cm 2015

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I Want To Break Free (litho)

lithography 99×74cm 2014

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Money

lithography 92×73cm 2014

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PAINTING AND WAITING

acrylic, canvas 200×150cm 2013

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EIGHT DAYS A WEEK

acrylic, canvas 200×150cm 2013

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CIRCUS

acrylic, canvas 200×150cm 2013

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HEADACHE

acrylic on canvas 150×200cm 2013

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Bleeding House 11

acrylic, canvas 100×150cm 2009

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Bleeding House 12

acrylic, canvas 100×150cm 2009

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Bleeding House Somewhere in Miami-1

Ink, acrylic, paper 56×75cm 2014

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Bleeding House Somewhere in Miami-5

Ink, acrylic, paper 75×56cm 2014

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Programmers

lithography 27×40cm 1993

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Dear Cat

lithography 43×35cm 1995

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Ringo Starr

lithography 40×29cm 1993

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Gallery Exhibitions

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