B. 1969, Lødingen, Norway

Lives and works in Oslo, Norway


Trude Viken is a ‘colorist’ without restrictions. Her paintings are saturated with swirls of fleshtones, ashy greys and witchy greens coupled with bright red, orange, yellow, and luminous pinks. The smell of oil paint lingers on and tones, both earthy and unnatural, elicit both eroticism and repulsion. Viken’s work requires an audience for its physicality, a terrain of oil paint. In this way, they are landscapes of weather as unpredictable as mood. A face becomes a hairy green mass with bubble gum pink base, white strokes like the edges of clouds or wings. Her portraits from everyday life develop into fantasies expressing our interior lives and our most palpable feelings, they seduce through their psychological penetration. With Viken’s hand, layers of oil paint become whirling eyes, nose, mouth, ecstatic grimaces or smirks, finished when she decides so. Rows of twisted, kneaded faces hung together like a ghoulish family album of passing moods and impulse. The final marks different from the original swaths. Shapes are dissolved as the layers of paint can be repainted many times; almost anything is allowed. Viken's first solo exhibition in New York was at Fortnight Institute, New York in 2018. 


B. 1969, Lødingen, Norway

Lives and works in Oslo, Norway



2022:  Double Portraits, OTP Copenhagen, Denmark

2022:  Independent Art Fair, Fortnight Institute, NY 

2022: Midnight Activities, Belenius Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

2021: Midnight Theater, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY

2021: Night Eyes, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway

2021: The Tendon Blanket Goes Down at NightfallBuer Gallery, Oslo, Norway

2019: Unmasked, M + B, Los Angeles, USA

2018: Faces and Traces, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY

2016: Maskefall, curated by Palazzo Stabile, Galleri Albin Upp, Oslo, Norway

2015: Debutantveggen, Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo, Norway



2022: Person(a), Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY

2022: Åpningsutstillingen, National Museum Norway 

2022: Lost in a Spectacle curated by Saša Bogojev, Woah Gallery, Hong Kong

2021: I Have My Eye On You, Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

2021: Hunters in the Snow, curated by Fortnight Institute, 303 Gallery, New York, NY

2020: Constellations, Buer Gallery, Oslo, Norway

2020:  Østlandsutstillingen, Kunstbanken Hedmark Kunstsenter, Buskerud Kunstsenter & Østfold Kunstsenter

2020: Ryszard Warsinski + Trude Viken, Bærum Kunsthall, Oslo

2020: Lit Naits, Mexico (Oh, Brother), QB Gallery, Oslo

2019: Edvard Munch`s studio, Oslo, with Markus Brendmoe, Stein Koksvik & Yngvar Larsen

2019: Velvet Ropes, Gallery Golsa, Oslo 

2018: Bærum Kunsthall, grant exhibition

2018: Galleri Fineart, Oslo, Sommerutstillingen

2017: Østlandsutstillingen, 500 years of the Reformation, Oslo and Kiel, Germany

2016: Borders and Boundaries, Bærum Kunsthall

2016: Åpen dør, Kommunegården, Bærum BKIB - Bildende Kunstnere i Bærum

2016: Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo, grant exhibition

2015: In Between, Bærum Kunsthall

2015: Romeriksutstillingen, Ullensaker Kunstforening

2015: Romeriksutstillingen, Lørenskog Kunstforening

2015: Galleri Ramfjord, Oslo, grant exhibition

2015: Kunstland, Lomsjøen

2014: SUM Rådhusgalleriet, Oslo, with Eva Galligani & Eline Huitfelt

2013: Galleri Albin Upp, Oslo

2012: Rådhusgalleriet, Oslo, graduation exhibition – DTK/Det Tverrfagelige Kunstinstitutt 



2012-2015: Studied with the painter Markus Brendmoe, Oslo, Norway

2009-2012: Det tverrfaglige kunstinstitutt (DTK), Bærum, Norway



2021: Night Eyes, Vestfossen Kunstlabratorium, Ansten Press

2018: Zine, Drawings, Innen Books, Zurich, Switzerland


"At Trude Viken ikke kom inn på Kunstakademiet stinker bullshit," Subjekt, June, 2021

"Humoresker över tillvaron," Omkonst, June 4, 2021 | Link

"Malerier Som Treffer Deg Hardt Imagen (Paintings that hit you hard in the stomach)," Morgenbladet, June 4, 2021 | Link 

"The Ward Masquerade" and Other Poems, Evergreen, July 2020 | link

Den norske hjelpepleierens bilder har skapt furore i New York, D2, Hanna Stoltenberg, July 2018 | Link

Trude Viken, Faces and Traces, Time Out NY, Howard Halle, May 2018 | Link

Faces and Traces, Office Magazine, John Martin Tilley, May 2018