The Norwegian visual artist Kristin Romberg (b. 1970) has since 2001 worked with paintings in large formats. She is educated at the University of Sydney, fine art, Westerdal advertising school, Einar Granum Art School. She has had numerous exhibitions in Norway, and exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Barcelona (Spain), Riga (Latvia), Sydney (Australia), Germany, Denmark and France.
In the last 5 years, she has moved towards installation art with her paintings as they are mounted freely hanging in thin cords from the ceiling and in layer upon layer on the wall. She also work in very large formats in an old shipyard nearby her home. Her juicy, colorful works create a new dimension and Romberg wants to establish a tactile space where people can dream, escape, wonder, breathe, feel, stop, and feel. She has broken with the established concept of canvas on stretchers and with the help of the visual layers Romberg wants to draw the viewer into a colorful, dynamic world. She invites the viewer to touch the canvases. The paintings are abstract and have clear references to nature. She seeks to give you an experience of moving around in a dense, primeval forest and feel a bit of magic.
Every time she installs her work new things happens.
When Romberg paints it is like a performance where she moves in and around the painting. "When I paint, it's like a ritual dance where every stroke and every gesture is directly rooted in time and place. It is an inner force that drives me to create exactly what I do. I am present, experiencing, sensing and taking in - and then projecting it onto the canvas. "
The artist is constantly working on new paintings for her project and often traveling and working in different places. She has been to several Artist in Residences all over the world, and she recently came home from a one month stay in a Château de La Napoule in Cannes, France. Romberg explores how colors, shapes and energies in her painting’s changes depending on where she is geographically. Earlier she has been to residencies in Uganda, Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, USA, and North-Norway. In November 2023 she was in
Kenya for a month working on her own art and also collaborating with the
Masai Tribe in the city called Mile 46.