Emma Tingård

Emma Tingård

Stockholm, Sweden

About Emma Tingård

Emma Tingård is a self-taught Swedish artist based in Stockholm. Her artworks, mainly portraits of strangers with captivatingly odd features, aim at depicting her personal insight into the model´s personality, which translates into ample strokes of vivid colors on a graffiti inspired outline; this technical approach is particularly evident in her series of street art driven works.

"All my body of work is based on two basic ideas: the color communicability and movement by improvisation. My creative process starts with a feeling, an unspoken image with an end result that often surprises not only my audience but also myself. It is like a game where the final object dwells in the unconscious, waiting to be unraveled. A timeless process without framed thoughts or words. Portraits are a recurrent theme. I love the human face. You can learn so much about a person by simply looking at them closely. What they have been through leaves a mark and my intention is to be able to interpret those marks into my art. My ultimate challenge is finding the specific features in a face, a bridge to cross from me the portraitist to the portrayed. I do not plan beforehand whom I will portrait, I could be walking down a street and fall in love with someone’s characteristics: big ears, prominent noses, or nostalgic eyes. Faces with a lot of character attracts me. It’s usually much more interesting to portrait someone who is not “perfect” according to the conventional standards. And if they are, I’ll often make changes to make them more real and faithful to my vision. I am not interested in creating paintings to resemble photographs. I want to translate people’s personality, or even their soul; through the colors I see when I observe them. I am an autodidact artist. I decided early on not to choose the classic path where the fine arts education is an integral part but instead go my own way where there is no right or wrong, no preconception about what it is ugly or beautiful. I wanted to let my own design language develop without framing my mental approach. I get my inspiration from what speaks to me in that precise moment. It could be a documentary, photograph in a newspaper, a mural I walk by, the texture of a fabric or people I run into on the street. The ultimate mission I believe I have is to translate these impressions into an art piece. To create a different dimension where the viewer meets reality by the way I see it."


Self Educated Artist

Diploma in advertising Science, Stockholm University, 2008


Interior Design and Head of Artistic Expression
Restaurant Project, Stockholm Sweden
2019 - March 2020

Live Performance/Painting - Stockholm October 1st 2016
Vivrant / Jeremy Olander Party

Interior Design Collaboration, Egoiste Mondial, 2016

Public Mural, Sveavägen, Stockholm 44
Sept 2015

Public Mural, Mall of Scandinavia, Stockholm
Nov 2015

Public Decoration, Urban Deli, Stockholm
February 2014
Wallpainting, 2m2

Saatchi Online Gallery
February 2014
"Pojkdrömmar", hand picked by Chief Curator Rebecca Wilson to be part of the online collection, Februrary 2014.

PriMaten Deli, 2013
Life Style Whole Food Boutique , Uppsala
Design interiors, art,

Saatchi Gallery, 2013
Portrait of Dijle, hand picked by curator Rebecca Wilson
to be a part of their New This Week Collection, April 2013.

Decoration and Conceptualization
Urban Deli Sickla, 2013
Rewarded Lifestyle Restaurant, Stockholm
Art sprayed directly on walls. Restaurant and Bathroom area. Decoration outdoor dining area, tables.

Urban Deli Nytorget, 2012
Rewarded Lifestyle Restaurant, Stockholm
Interior project. Reconstruction of Bathroom Area.

Stockholms Matvarufabrik, 2012
Classic Restaurant, Stockholm
Interior project. Reconstruction of Bar and Restaurant Area. Decoration.

Surdegshotellet, 2012
In media favorite concept "Surdegshotellet" at Bageriet, Skånegatan 76, Stockholm
Decoration and conceptualization.

Bageriet, 2011
Bakery and Café, Skånegatan 76, Stockholm
Interior project. Conceptualization and design. Art direct on walls.

The Immigrant, Tarantino Production U.S.A
Twister Production, Francesco Valentino World, Seven Frames Sweden, Nokras Film Spain

Website for designed sofa covers, KEAS, 2010
All illustrated media for web shop and homepage.


Solo Exhibition,
Grand Central , Nov - march 2017-2018

Solo Exhibition
Clou, Stockholm, Dec - Jan 2016 - 2017

Group Exhibition, Amnesty Sweden, Stockholm, April 2016

Solo Exhibition
Berns, Stockholm, May 2016

Solo Exhibition
SO, Oslo, Jan 2016

Solo Exhibition
Scandic Vulkan, Oslo, May - Oct 2015

Solo Exhibition
Skönhetspalatset Göteborg, March - Aug 2015

Group Exhibition
Vista Palace Gallery, May - Sep 2014
Portraits, colored animals

Solo Exhibition
Story Hotel, March 2014
Design Hotel, Stockholm
Portraits, colored animals and abstracts

Solo Exhibition
Urban Deli, May - June 2014
Portraits, abstracts, street art

Solo Exhibition Shoreditch Town Hall, 2013
Shoreditch Town Hall, London
Portraits only. A commercial success, besides being well received by both critics and public

Group Exhibition
Fundacao, Centro Cultural de Belem - CCB Lisboa. September 2013. Presented by USIA

Solo Exhibition, Story Hotel, 2013
Story Hotel, Stockholm
A mix of Street Art and Fine art inspired Exhibition. Portraits and abstracts.

"Contemporary Drawing 2012"
Exhibition at Art Space Gallery, 2012
Three portraits exhibited by selection of a jury of curators.
Art Space Gallery, Lausanne Schweiz.

Solo Exhibition
Urban Deli Nytorget, 2012
Design Hotel, Stockholm
A mix of Street Art and Fine art inspired Exhibition. Portraits and abstracts.