Maria Fynsk Norup is a self taught visual artist and photographer, based on the Danish island of Ærø. She’s formally educated in the field of botany from the Natural History Museum of Denmark and The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London. Her love for the natural world inevitably appears in the visual storytelling of her works.
Maria primarily uses self-portraits as the medium for storytelling in her work, currently creating imagery that revolves around exploring femininity, and the human-nature interconnection. Her inspiration often draws directly from dreams and emotions, including her own background as a survivor of sexual abuse and depression, and her work can therefore vibrate with a dark undertone.
Influenced by the use of light, form and shadow, immortalised by painters like Caravaggio, Titian and the Danish Vilhelm Hammershøi, she works to tell her stories from a female point of view. Using herself (and occasionally her daughters) as a model, she creates stories grounded in our environment – stories about vulnerability, raw emotions, our connection to nature, and our place in the world.
Fynsk Norup has been widely exhibited, lately at JANUS Museum of Modern Art/VestJyllands Kunstmuseum (DK), Tribeca, NY (US) and Le Carrousel du Louvre in Paris (FR). Furthermore with NEAL Digital Gallery, Beijing (China), Art Basel Miami (US) with The Royal House of Medici, at Mecanate Art Gallery, Rome (IT), Waterline Square Part, NY (US), Adelia Gallery, Liverpool (UK), Luciana Fondazione Matalon, Milano (IT), Økant Performance Festival, Marstal (DK), Galleri Øckenlund, Copenhagen (DK), Ærø Museum, Ærøskøbing (DK), Rundetårn, Copenhagen (DK).
She has received several international awards and honourable mentions for her work, e.g. in 2021 from British Journal of Photography.
Since late 2021 she has been an active part of the international crypto art scene as the only Danish fine art photographer. She is represented on the curated platform SuperRare and has several works in the permanent collections of the Tezos Foundation and the Women’s Museum.